Product Design at Substack

Substack lets writers connect with their audience on their own terms and earn money doing it. We make it simple for writers to publish to an email list that they own, get discovered on the web, and charge for subscriptions.

More than 50,000 people pay to subscribe to writers across the Substack network, and the top writers are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Substack’s model depends on the success of writers using Substack – we only make money when they do.

“Substack makes it dead simple to start a newsletter and get paid for it.”

- Judd Legum, author of Popular Information

Make something that matters

Great writing is valuable. By respecting the readers' time and intelligence, it earns their trust. It helps us make sense of, and change, the culture we live in. Building a better business model for writers means more great writing.

It’s also a big opportunity.

We're a team of writers and builders from Kik, Instagram, and some of the worlds top publications. Our investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Y-Combinator, and founders of Twitch and Zynga.


  • Understand readers’ and writers’ complex problems, and craft simple, delightful solutions
  • Contribute to the whole product process, from thinking through UX, to designing great UI, to rollout
  • Collaborate with engineers and product managers to both work with and push against technical constraints
  • Help establish Substack’s design language and philosophies
  • Wear multiple hats, and pitch in where needed


  • Share our passion for reading and writing
  • Have exceptional design sense and an understanding of what makes products great.
  • Have 5+ years of professional Product Design experience
  • Have expertise using Figma, Sketch, or related design tools.
  • Thrive in a startup environment. You can get a lot done in surprisingly little time, and with few resources.
  • Lead. As an early employee, you will have a huge role shaping what Substack becomes.

You should include in your application

  • Your portfolio
  • Resume or LinkedIn
  • A few words about why Substack is interesting to you