Who We Are

  • Mbira Technologies

We're e-commerce experts. We're gear geeks. We build and run websites for retailers of musical instruments and pro audio.

  • Musicians Marketing to Musicians

    We are guitarists, DJs and SEO strategists; drummers, Web developers, and graphic designers; songwriters, systems administrators and customer service specialists; audio engineers and business analysts; marketers, merchandisers, and more.

    We are Mbira Technologies, a diverse team of multi-talented individuals united by a love for music and a passion for Web strategies that help our e-commerce clients to get the right musical gear, at the best possible prices, into the hands of their customers.

  • Mission Statement

    Mbira seeks to earn the long-term trust and loyalty of every customer by helping each customer make the best gear purchases for their specific objectives, and consistently delivering the best buying experience in the industry.

What We Do

  • Mbira Technologies

We harness the power of people and the Internet to connect music gear retailers with millions of musicians.

  • Using the Web to Change the World of Retail

    Mbira Technologies uses proven and proprietary Web strategies to connect top e-tailers of musical instruments, audio gear, and accessories with musicians searching for the perfect combination of price, selection, and customer service. We achieve this connection by making our clients' products easy to find, and buying options easy to understand.

    Thanks to our expertise, our clients have realized over $1 billion in sales, and over 1,000,000 satisfied customers have found the gear that's helping make their musical dreams a reality.

  • Award-Winning Service

    For more than 10 years our client zZounds has earned a Bizrate© Platinum Circle of Excellence award based on customer feedback. The Bizrate© Platinum Circle of Excellence award is earned by online retailers who provide exceptional service to their clients and only a small number out of thousands of retailers receive this award.

Why We Do It

  • Mbira Technologies

We believe in making rock 'n' roll dreams a reality -- no matter how big or small they might be.

  • One Reason Why We Do What We Do

    The Mbira Technologies team loves music. In addition to overseeing the online sales and marketing efforts of multiple online retailers of musical gear, many of us are working musicians. But, regardless of whether we play professionally or just for fun, we each play a part in building and maintaining e-commerce websites that help musicians get the gear they need to maximize their potential and fulfill their dreams.

  • Other Reasons Why

    Digital commerce continues to grow at a strong year-over-year growth rate in the mid-teens, as mobile commerce drives an increasingly meaningful contribution to the sector. (Source: comScore, Inc.)


  • Mbira Technologies

Online spending is increasing. Client revenue is growing. Mbira is expanding. Join us.

  • Opportunities at Mbira

    From the start, we've been successful. Now, in our second decade, Mbira's also experiencing substantial growth. As we continue to expand, our hiring philosophy remains the same as on day one: hire only rock-star Web developers, designers, writers, and customer service reps, then treat them like the professionals they are by providing the resources they need to succeed and rewarding them when they do. Use the contact form below to inquire about a career with Mbira Technologies.

    Experienced PHP Web Developer (Chicago-Downtown)

    Mbira Technologies is looking for an experienced PHP web developer.

    Mbira Technologies is a creative e-commerce company that runs some of the most popular music gear web sites in the country including a top-300 US internet retail website. Mbira has a relaxed and professional atmosphere that emphasizes cutting-edge solutions.

    About the Position

    The PHP Web Developer would develop innovative, open-source, web-based solutions. These solutions would include e-commerce sites, non-commercial sites and web-based tools.

    Required for the Position

    • At least 3 years of OOP focused PHP web development experience
    • At least 2 years experience with a framework like Zend, Symfony, Laravel, CodeIgniter, etc.
    • SOLID software design & architecture skills
    • Understanding of web security vulnerabilities & defenses
    • At least 3 years experience with linux/unix
    • Experience with CSS and Javascript
    • Knowledge of SQL, database design and optimization, MySQL preferred
    • Strong Communication Skills, Flexibility, Team Player

    Helpful Experience

    • Understanding of e-commerce web development
    • Responsive front-end design
    • Experience with source control systems like git or SVN
    • Scripting and/or shell programming
    • Sass and CSS Frameworks
    • Complex SQL query writing
    • Experience building and consuming APIs
    • Experience using JQuery

    About the Company

    Mbira offers competitive salary and benefits including an excellent health and dental insurance plan, 401k with employer matching, transportation vouchers, a casual work environment, paid time off for vacations/holidays, and big discounts on musical gear.

    Our offices are in 20,000 sq. ft. of open loft space in River North, within a few blocks of all "El" lines. We are an equal opportunity employer.

    How to Apply

    Email us through the contact form on this website.

  • Company Culture

    We maintain high standards for personal and professional excellence at Mbira Technologies. We treat clients as true partners and coworkers as valuable colleagues. So we embrace a casual work environment, enjoy a flexible schedule that allows team members to pursue passions outside of the office, and have a lot of fun in our 20,000 square feet of open loft space in Chicago's River North neighborhood. We take our work seriously -- we just aren't expected to take it home with us.

  • Mbira Technologies


  • Mbira Technologies

Talk to us. If you have a question or comment, or if you would like to be considered for a position at Mbira, we want to hear from you.

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  • Mailing Address

    Mbira Technologies
    57 W Grand Ave
    Chicago, IL 60654

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