Embrace Web3 with the smartest people in the world.
By Mason Nystrom, Investment Partner at Variant Fund and former Messari analyst
If you’re fresh off campus or still in the early stages of your career, figure out why you’re looking for a job at Web3 (or cryptocurrency, for that matter). I think this field will impact and even disrupt almost every industry in the next 20 years, and Web3 offers young people—regardless of their resumes—a great opportunity to quickly become an “expert” in a completely new field, you don’t have to Going to compete with traditional domain experts with decades of extensive work experience can quickly provide considerable contribution and value in this brand new field if you find the right way.
Second, the smartest people in the world are embracing Web3, joining crypto teams or DAOs, and leaving FANG. The more you can learn by working with good enough people, and the more valuable it is to approach “excellence” when you first enter the workforce.
I divide the advice into two types: one is a summary of experience passed on because it has been validated by some people, and the other is a humble indelible regret learned in regret. It is true that both are valuable, but only the former is worth learning and imitating.
The advice provided in this article comes from what worked for me and what I didn’t do. While applicable to many people, my advice is more applicable to those with little work experience, such as college students in school, or those who are looking to change careers after a few years of work.
You can think of these suggestions as a menu, pick a few options that sound the most appealing to you, and stick to them so you can reap the results.
become an intern
Internships are the fastest way to discover or find out if you like a field. If you are a current student and have been offered an internship, I highly recommend you go. This is perhaps the best option for students looking to learn about the crypto industry and gain some experience. An internship at a local cryptocurrency exchange in Hong Kong while I was doing my MBA provided me with a great foundational experience and allowed me to immerse myself in the cryptocurrency space more down-to-earth.
Join a DAO
As a contributor, you can join various DAOs – social DAOs, protocol DAOs, NFT holder DAOs/communities, investment DAOs, and more.
Social DAOs — DAOs that form communities primarily on exclusivity, events, or community events — can help you form concepts and get a feel for how DAOs work. These DAOs include location-specific communities such as the ATX DAO, specific NFT holder communities, and DAOs such as Friends with Benefits.
Also, if you have a deep understanding or a particular passion for a particular product or protocol, joining the DAO can be a great way to gain initial experience and build a reputation. Many DAOs including Sushi, Rarible, Index Coop, Yearn, etc. have various working groups. You can show that you can provide value to products, protocols, and possibly DAO incentives by contributing in these groups.
Of course, you may not be able to effectively contribute to many DAOs at the same time (unless the DAOs are very small). Therefore, it is more recommended to make a small number of high-quality contributions, rather than a lot of low-quality contributions. Any DAO will want to work with members who can stick to their output, not the unfocused hot-button chasers.
be an early adopter
In hindsight, being an early adopter was easy. At the moment, however, this entails taking certain risks. These risks include opportunity costs in terms of time, money, and attention. Constantly using new applications or protocols on-chain is expensive and often comes with a potential risk of asset loss. Sometimes you need to jump in decisively before a project takes off, or pay to interact on a protocol, but the truth is no one knows if these early projects will end up giving out airdrops or offering exclusive benefits for early participants. In short, early participation must keep an open mind, and do not rush to deny any new protocol or application. The Web3 world today requires more long-termism than investment in tech.
Fortunately, there are DAOs like Rabbithole that are helping to educate the next generation of cryptocurrency users, either by incentivizing them to use the protocol or by providing the ability to perform tasks in exchange for XP. Rabbithole has successfully added support for new public chains like Polygon and made ENS airdrops available to all users who have completed their ENS tasks. Although not every airdrop amount is very impressive, some users have already obtained huge returns from it.
More than airdrops, early adopters tend to be a very effective bonus in the job search process because they are already the most dynamic members of a discussion board or community before they join the team. Also, founders want to hire people who believe in their mission. Early adopters who are already contributing to the project in their free time are far better off than mercenaries looking for the highest salary.
Join a team with a reputation in the Web3 space
In the ‘real’ business world, when you have an Ivy League school or McKinsey, Goldman Sachs on your resume, people look up. But in the cryptocurrency space, people don’t care much about your educational background or TradFi experience, but names like Coinbase, Messari, OpenSea, Uniswap, Compound, Chainalysis on your resume show that you already know how the top teams in the industry work. proof.
Nic Carter, Chris Burniske, Ryan Selkis, Derek Hsue, Phil Bonello, Ryan Watkins, and Kyle Samani are all well-known in the cryptocurrency space for their insistence on blogging about blockchain topics, mostly investment or research. One of the highest skills you can leverage is your writing ability. It’s hard not only to write good content, but to have the guts to speak your mind. That said, anyone can be a writer – never tell yourself you can’t. I also never considered myself a writer, and even after writing hundreds of thousands of words, I still have typos in my work.
Several forms of outputting opinions with articles:
- If you’re uncomfortable sharing your thoughts, get over it! If you really want to take it easy, start by summarizing great, long, or complex pieces. You’d be surprised how little time people spend reading. And content in curated and speed-reading form is important and valuable;
- In-depth research on the output of expert articles in specific fields, including but not limited to liquidity mining, NFTs, smart contracts, stablecoins, digital artwork, DeFi aggregators, and public chain ecological inventory, etc.;
- Instructions for use. After you have performed some actions and interactions, tell others how to do it with words or pictures. You can teach others how to interact in some DeFi applications, and you can also let more people know about some NFT applications or application interaction on new public chains, etc.;
- Fast and timely information.
If you don’t like long articles, Twitter is for you. CryptoTwitter values those who participate in discussions or ask relevant questions. Some of the brightest minds in crypto use Twitter to build their brands, like Pomp, Ryan Sean Adams, Meltem Dimirros, Arianna Simpson Nic Carter, Ari David Paul, Hasu, Tom Shaughnessy, Jason Choi, and Ryan Watkins to name a few. Just be careful not to turn yourself into a liar on Twitter.
Some tips on Twitter:
- Create a regular Twitter Space for topics you like;
- Gather great ideas or summaries of a particular topic;
- Synthesize important events or podcasts with high listening rates;
- Utilize images – creating images takes time, but can help increase visibility;
- Tagging relevant individuals or companies in a topic helps spread the word, but when they are clearly irrelevant in a topic or image, don’t tag them, remember not to tag the damn Elon or SBF, that’s totally useless. Instead, label subjects in the 10K-100K fan range. They are more likely to retweet or like your post;
- Funny stickers and memos. CMS interns create a brand with hilarious creative videos and memos;
- Continuous output – you need to tweet at least once a week to make an opinion, or at least share something interesting;
- Be creative, or at least find your own unique interpretation of existing ideas;
- You will start with zero followers, 0 to 1000 is the hardest, and it will take quite a while to grow from 1000 to 10000, but after that it will be much easier to grow;
- The last rule of Twitter – be real, people want to follow people, not bots.
Leverage other social media platforms
While Twitter has the strongest cryptocurrency community, you can also use Instagram, Reddit, Periscope, TikTok, or other social media networks to expand your reach. I also highly recommend embracing new social media platforms or features like TikTok or Twitter Spaces. If you’re listening to a channel and suddenly realize, “Wow, this content is crap, I can do better”, then you’re probably right, there are bound to be people willing to pay for higher quality content. We have to keep trying new things and stick to what works best.
Start a YouTube channel or podcast
Maybe you are not a word worker, but you are good at making videos, especially live content. Then feel free to set up your own Youtube channel or make some tutorial videos. YouTube is the second largest search engine today – take advantage of it.
Podcasts are the foundation of cryptocurrency discussions. Jill Carlson and Meltem Demirors have a great podcast. Tony Sheng also has an interesting podcast. “What Bitcoin Does” by Peter McCormack. Nathaniel Whittemore founded Long Reads Sunday. These have accumulated considerable influence.
Unsolicited related advice from someone who has never hosted a podcast:
- For God’s sake, don’t think a podcast is an interview with the X people;
- Consider live podcasts to increase authenticity and timeliness;
- Make your podcast a story (crazy genius) or something different;
- Please first listen to Robinhood Snack’s podcast, which does the daily news, or Naval and Nivi’s podcast from Spearhead or How to Get Rich;
- Podcasts as small as 3 to 15 minutes have audiences. Don’t assume that every podcast needs at least 1 hour just because Joe Rogan made a 3 hour podcast.
Offline meetups, events and clubs
If you’re in a place full of blockchain activity, I’d recommend going to meetups or community events, most of which are free. Some common places to look for events include Meetup or Eventbrite. For college students, check out your school’s blockchain club, or start your own. If you’re looking for a job, I wouldn’t recommend paying for conferences because conference tickets won’t give you a great ROI unless you’re incredibly talented in relationships (let’s face it, if You really are, you should have been hired long ago). The early NFT communities often held meetups, and social DAOs like Bankless and Friends With Benefits often held events.
Moving to a city full of crypto
Essentially, we are all products of our environment. It’s no secret that if you want to succeed in tech, you should probably live where innovation happens. I’m not saying you have to move to a city like New York or San Francisco, but if you live there, you should take advantage of it. Other emerging tech cities in the US include Los Angeles, Denver, Austin and Seattle. If you are willing to venture abroad, you have more options. Berlin, Shanghai or Singapore are all good places to give yourself an edge.
Let me remind you that where you live is less and less important. Most cryptocurrency companies are remote-first, but if you’re young, I still recommend meeting people in person to cement those connections. It’s much easier to connect with your colleagues at the office or at a Tuesday afternoon cocktail party than it is online.
Take advantage of your strengths
Someone with some work experience should take advantage of this. If you have any of the following skills:
- data analysis
- fearless public speaker
- Can write like Dickens
- Relationship “Magic”
- Economic knowledge
If you possess any of these skills, you have an advantage over many people currently working on cryptocurrencies. For those students and young people, you can also use your time to learn the above skills.
This doesn’t mean telling people “please let me know how I can help” every day. The cryptocurrency world is small compared to any other industry. You can connect with people on Twitter or via email. Do not contact the manager of a venture capital firm or the CEO of your favorite cryptocurrency company, they will most likely not respond. Find someone new to the company as they may have more time and will see you as a young professional.
There’s a bunch of articles on how to engage with people, so I won’t go into too much detail, just that you should find a way to provide value, including but not limited to:
- People are always looking for things to help them find the information they need;
- Organize content, news, information, data, people, educational materials, etc.;
- Build a local network in your community;
- Empathy – People are not always able to tell you what they want/need. What can your unique skills and traits offer?
Looking for a partner in the crypto space
ETH has friends, and you should too. Find a friend who has the same passion as you and collaborate on any of the above topics. No one can get to the top alone, and even if you do, it’s lonely there. Ryan Sean Adams and David Hoffman are a well-inked content machine. Hasu — arguably one of the best researchers in the cryptocurrency space — also writes frequently with other individuals.
How to find a job
There are two ways to get a job. The easy way and the hard way.
As a human, go build a damn network. Let’s be honest, networking is the best way to find a job. Putting in the effort to reach out, go to events, or communicate online can help you more than you know. People want to work with their friends.
the hard way
The best advice I can give is: you need to stand out and target your audience. The quality of your application is more important than the quantity of applications you send.
Sending the same cover letter or application to 100 jobs might get you a job, but if there are only a handful of companies you really want to work for, you’ll need to put in the effort to get the job.
My final piece of advice for crafting your application – make sure it’s different. For example:
- Create a diagram or video that expresses something visually;
- Design a cool project, or find an existing project with slightly different changes and tweaks;
- Get a head start on a growing trend, such as social tokens;
- Make a website or Newsletter with something of value, such as information about new NFT releases, or a list of meeting times for each open source crypto project. Find a way to save someone else’s time or energy, that’s a plus;
- Research a super niche topic related to blockchain and write/publish your findings. It shouldn’t be superficial, but it doesn’t have to be completely revolutionary, just tweet/write/say your opinion;
- Write some opinion sharing of head cryptocurrency products and protocols;
- Employers value people who are self-motivated and can create cool stuff.
If you’re still a student, or just left campus for a year or two, realize that you’re lucky. You most likely have a lot of time — or you can use it more effectively — to build your personal brand and follow the advice above.
A note about your resume
Again, make your resume tangible. If you have absolutely no idea how to craft your resume or want to start from scratch, Harvard offers a lot of free material. Also, get creative with your resume – make a concept page – or at least add some aesthetic templates. Remember, you’re dealing with humans, who are naturally drawn to bright colors, graphics, and pictures.
It’s important to use data and metrics where possible, even if it’s just showing your month-over-month growth on social media, your best blog posts, or your Newsletter subscribers, etc.
Also, no one will read your entire resume. What they want is your highlights, relevant experiences, and links to your important channels (i.e. Github, Twitter, TikTok, etc.).
These are some good avenues for finding a job:
- AngelList is one of the best places to find a job in a cryptocurrency startup;
- Crypto Jobs；
- Cryptocurrency jobs；
- Pomp Crypto Jobs；
- Proof of Talent, for more advanced/technical positions;
- LinkedIn, finding cryptocurrency and blockchain jobs on LinkedIn is becoming more common;
- Web3 Jobs；
- Newsletters, follow the Newsletters of your favorite companies, they often post new jobs or opportunities;
- Most venture capital firms post job openings for their portfolio companies.
You may feel that you are ineligible, so please apply decisively.
You may be afraid to tweet or express an opinion publicly. Do it anyway.
You will make mistakes. That’s okay, your point of view can also be adjusted.
Work hard, stay humble, and live happily.
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