About us | Doist

At Doist, we do things differently...

The building blocks of our identity

​​We’re committed to building a company and culture with a lasting impact on the world.

  • Working without borders

    From Jamaica to Poland, Taiwan to Australia, diversity is in Doist’s DNA. We believe the future of work transcends all kinds of borders.

  • Choosing ambition and balance

    Balance without ambition is complacency. Ambition without balance isn't sustainable. Our team is proof you can have both.

  • Supporting well-lived lives

    Our company exists to support our users’ goals. Not the other way around.

  • Thinking in decades, not in quarters

    We opt for solutions that will get us where we want to be in the long-term. We’re running a marathon, not a sprint.

Our core values

They are few, but they are mighty. From creating processes to decision-making and recruiting, we build our five core values into nearly every single thing we do.

Independence

Others can trust that you’ll deliver on time and your teammates don’t need to worry about you keeping your word. You can easily manage your work and remain accountable with little or no direction.

Mastery

You love what you do and care deeply about the quality of your work, down to the smallest details. You’re continuously learning and always pushing yourself to the limits of your ability. You’re never satisfied with the status-quo.

Communication

Your communication is clear, concise, and engaging whether you’re explaining a complex idea or providing feedback to a teammate. You keep others in the loop and never go radio silent. You’re culturally and socially aware and can appropriately navigate different types of social interactions.

Ambition & Balance

You aspire to put a dent in the universe. To do this, you set high standards for yourself and those around you. The time you spend on work isn’t measured by quantity, but by quality.

Impact

You’re able to take a bird’s eye view to pinpoint and then solve issues that have a high impact on our customers, our team, and our company. You’re committed to the health and success of both your teammates and Doist as a company.

Giving back, globally

Part of being a remote company means being responsible citizens of the world. Every year we donate up to 2% of our revenue growth to support the vital work of internationally-minded organizations like:

  • Doctors without Borders

    Doctors without Borders

    2019 - 2020

  • International Rescue Committee

    International Rescue Committee

    2017 - 2018

  • Stop Hunger

    Stop Hunger

    2016

  • Doctors without Borders

    Doctors without Borders

    2016

  • Malala Fund

    Malala Fund

    2016

  • Heifer International

    Heifer International

    2016

  • Charity Water

    Charity Water

    2015

  • Software Freedom Conservancy

    Software Freedom Conservancy

    2013

Becoming Doist

In the beginning, there was no Doist. No company. No team. No bigger vision.

There was just a stressed out computer science student struggling to manage multiple jobs on top of a full course load. So he built a little app to keep track of it all which he imaginatively called Todoist.

It turns out, he wasn’t the only stressed out person in the world struggling to manage multiple responsibilities and yearning for some semblance of control over a busy life. The audience grew. The team grew. The vision grew. The bug reports and feature requests grew too. Somewhere along the line, all that energy to help stressed out people live calmer, more organized lives coalesced into a real company with a real mission. Today, Doist is a remote-first team of 93 people representing 41 nationalities in 39 countries and 75 cities.

Over the past 13 years, Todoist has grown from a personal side project to a market-leading Swiss Army Knife of life organization. Millions of people around the world rely on Todoist every day to keep track of everything – from the mundane logistics of being an adult to their most important professional goals.

In 2017, we launched a second product – a team communication app called Twist, designed for calmer, more organized, more transparent teamwork. Because, let’s face it, you can try to be as calm, organized, and in control as you want, but if your team communication is a raging hot mess you’ll still be stressed out, miserable, and incapable of reaching your full human potential.

The point is, a lot has changed, but our desire to create a lasting legacy has only deepened. We’re building the future that we want to work in. One where jobs are borderless (not to mention commute-less!). Where careers don’t have to come before families. Where people of all shapes, colors and sizes are trusted to work without distractions on things they care about. And where we can all unplug at the end of the day guilt-free with the peace-of-mind that our tasks and teamwork are accounted for.

Will it solve all the world’s problems? No. Will it make a whole lot of lives a whole lot better? We’ve been living in that future for over a decade so we speak from experience when we say “hell yes!”

We don’t know what Doist’s next decade will bring, but it won’t include selling out or getting acquired. We don’t have an exit strategy – we have a mission to help shape the future of work for decades to come.

Becoming Doist

Amir starts working on TD while at university

Doist hires its first remote employee, officially becoming fully remote

Todoist’s first mobile apps are launched for iOS and Android

Development of Twist begins

First company retreat happens in Spain

Twist is released

1BN tasks are completed in Todoist

Todoist Foundations is released

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