Hiring top crypto talent can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be

Building a career or constructing a team in decentralized finance (DeFi) and crypto relies on finding talent, skills and the right attitude anywhere, in anyone. While this is no different than other industries, what makes ours unique are the much-needed, specialized skill sets combined with finding a good culture fit in an international and remote setting. Despite recent turbulence in markets, crypto companies continue building and growing. The increased energy and legitimacy in the industry over the years has many people wanting to make the switch from Web2 to Web3.…

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who’s hiring and who’s firing in the crypto space

Amid the recent volatility in the crypto market affecting investments and stock prices, many firms made significant staff cuts in the last month while others continued hiring. In June, major crypto exchange Gemini was among the first to reportedly cut 10% of its employees amid the bear market, saying conditions were “likely to persist for some time.” Coinbase and Crypto.com followed, announcing plans to reduce staff by 18% and 5%, respectively. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong also cited the so-called crypto winter as part of the reason for the cuts, but…

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Sweeping layoffs, hiring, and firing as crypto prices take a massive downturn

Many in the crypto world have been glued to their screens with eyes dead set on financial conditions this week. That isn’t the case for everyone though, as thousands are suddenly experiencing woes of sudden unemployment. Words of encouragement and sympathy also poured out across Twitter and LinkedIn consoling individuals released from their responsibilities. Some expressed frustration, confusion, and anger while others expressed gratitude, renewed vision, and reflections. My heart is with those recently laid off. I too have been one of the lucky ones to be spared by massive…

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Ukraine-based blockchain firm announces ‘we’re still hiring’ amid market downturn, war

Sergey Vasylchuk, the chief executive officer of Ukraine-based decentralized staking provider Everstake, has said the company will continue to hire crypto professionals amid a market downturn and ongoing conflict in the country.  In a Wednesday Twitter thread, Vasylchuk said Everstake had hired 30 people since the Russian war against Ukraine started in February, and the firm still had more than 10 positions in marketing and development to fill. According to the CEO, Everstake is “not firing anybody” and had made preparations for a “special fund” to tide the firm over…

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Kraken reiterates hiring targets as CEO denounces ‘woke activists’ in corporate culture

On Wednesday, cryptocurrency exchange Kraken announced that it would continue to hire over 500 roles in various departments amid a market downturn. The company’s hiring efforts are in stark contrast to a week of severe layoff announcements from major blockchain firms such as Coinbase, BlockFi, etc. In support of the decision to expand its staff, Kraken said:  “We have not adjusted our hiring plan, and we do not intend to make any layoffs. We have over 500 roles to fill during the remainder of the year and believe bear markets…

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FTX will not freeze hiring amid layoffs at other crypto firms, CEO states

Amid unfavorable market conditions, some cryptocurrency-related firms decided to cut their workforce or freeze hiring. However, crypto exchange platform FTX will continue hiring new personnel as the crypto winter continues.  In a Twitter thread, FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried explained that the exchange will continue to “keep growing,” explaining that they will onboard new staff just as they have done on the market’s better days. Bankman-Fried noted that in February the company slowed down hiring. However, he said that this is not due to a lack of funds. The move was…

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Industry experts weigh in on SEC hiring more crypto cops

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking to hire more people to focus on digital assets, raising the number of personnel charged with safeguarding investors in cryptocurrency markets almost twofold. The SEC’s Cyber Unit, which comprises the Crypto Assets and Cyber team, is expected to hire 20 new people to increase the overall force to 50 dedicated positions, as reported by Cointelegraph on May 3. This development comes as the regulatory body attempts to keep up with the rise in the popularity of virtual assets. The SEC’s…

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Coinbase hiring in India despite potential crypto crackdown

Leading U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced it is “establishing a business presence in India” despite uncertain regulatory headwinds for crypto in the country. In a March 25 blog post, Coinbase revealed it is planning to house “some IT services, including engineering, software development and customer support operations in India,“ noting the country’s “huge pool of world-class engineering talent.” “India has long been known as a hub for engineering and technology innovation, and we look forward to finding that world-class talent to help the Coinbase group develop new ways for…

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Amid hiring spree, Blockchain Association adds Token Taxonomy Act guru to team

The Blockchain Association, a leading trade association and lobbying group, has hired Ron Hammond as its new director of government relations.  The Blockchain Association has been one of Washington, D.C.’s biggest advocates for the crypto industry since its launch in 2018. Executive director Kristin Smith recently appeared on Cointelegraph’s Top 100 list.  Hammond, meanwhile, cut his teeth working on crypto policy for Representative Warren Davidson, most notably the Token Taxonomy Act, which is also the origin of the relationship with the Blockchain Association. It was at Davidson’s roundtable for crypto…

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Goldman Sachs Is Hiring a New VP of Digital Assets

Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is hiring a new vice president in the Digital Assets team within its Global Markets Division in London. According to a recent job posting on the investment firm’s website, the new VP will work with the Digital Assets team in “defining and executing Goldman Sachs’ distributed ledger technology (DLT) and blockchain efforts firmwide, including any potential initiatives in the cryptocurrency space.” The role requires that any applicants be able to identify opportunities where blockchain and DLT digital assets can add value. The current global head…

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