Attitudes in the financial community seem to be changing. Actually, there are all the reasons for such changes. Bitcoin and Wall Street appeared to be two conflicting parts of the currency world, or, so to speak, two sides of the same coin, but now as far as they’re getting to know each other better, their relationship is transforming.
Bitcoin and Wall Street representatives are going to work together at Silicon Valley’s premiere start-up shop, the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, California.
The fourth syndication of the above-mentioned event, Bitcoin Job Fair, is going to occur from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 in the Tech Center’s auditorium. The organizers, Coinality and Plug And Play Tech Center, expect to see hundreds of attendees. Such top bitcoin startups as BitPay, ChangeTip, ShapeShift, and BitGo will be onsite to chat with job seekers.
The WSJ reporters and authors of “The Age of Cryptocurrency,”Mike Casey and Paul Vigna, are going to participate to answer questions during a Q&A Panel which is to be held on Saturday evening.
“As we witness the continued investment into the bitcoin space, these companies need to hire: we’re trying to expedite that process and support the ecosystem by creating a venue for job seekers to gather, network and, hopefully, get a job,” said Scott Robinson, Founder and Director of Plug and Play’s FinTech accelerator.
As for Plug and Play, it is a global startup accelerator that specializes in growing tech startups. Plug and Play’s global network includes 300+ tech startups, 180+ investors and a community of leading universities and corporate partners.
The company is running a program that puts new companies through a three-month boot camp of sorts. “Entrepreneurs are given seed capital (for an equity stake, of course), mentoring, networking and the nuts-and-bolts of simply building a company from the ground up. Nearly 3,000 start-ups have gone through the program, includingLendingClub Corp. and Zoosk Inc,” WSJ Blog reads.
The Plug and Play’s latest accelerator program is focused on “fintech” startups such as ChangeTip and 37Coins. They collaborate with mentors from such financial companies as Citi Ventures, USAA, and Capital One. It’s important to say that it’s an opportunity for both sides to find out what the other has to offer. That’s all about mutual interest.
Speaking about the other important host of the event, Coinality.com, it is the leading bitcoin job & resume board where job seekers and employers are able to connect and discuss job opportunities that pay in digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin.
Last year, during the previous Bitcoin Job Fairs held in NYC and LA, the job seekers had an opportunity to talk to employers from different companies including: BitPay, 37Coins, Kraken, BitGive, HolyTransaction, Purse.io, CryptoTrustPoint, BitWage.co, CounterParty.co, PrivateInternetAccess, XAPO, GoCoin, CoinTrust, CrowdCurity, Vaurum and other.
The inaugural Sunnyvale event which was held in May 2014 included about 400 job seekers and 34 start-up companies.