First of all, I’m not sure where to post this, as I haven’t found a StackExchange website in which people talk about jobs in crypto, so I’m trying a few StackExchange websites, thing among them.
Now for the post:
I’ve been offered full-time job in crypto as a current junior that’s a mix of R&D and development, and I don’t know what a “sensible” salary to ask would be. This post is a bit long, but please bare with me, as this job market is new and small, and there aren’t a lot of standards for me to go by, and this case is complex, so I think that this amount of details is required.
Here’s what I’ll talk about in the post by order of appearance, written in an organized matter so you could follow
- The company’s background
- Projects they plan to do in crypto
- What they want me to do in those projects
- My background
- What each project would require from me to learn
1. The Company’s Background
Firstly, there’s a CEO of an existing high-tech company who owns a few other high-tech companies. I’ve been offered this job by an employee of one of those companies, who’d be my boss if I were to join them. The employee is working now with the CEO to create a division in one of the CEO’s companies, and they plan that division to turn into a full-fledged independent company of its own eventually.
So, if I were to join them, I’d be the first employee or one of the first ones, and they want me for the long-term, so me joining early and for the long-term has significance for them, and for me in terms of dedication to them.
2. Projects They Want to Do in Crypto
They have a 3 projects that they plan to do in crypto:
- An AI-based bot for trading
- A complex service for buying crypto (not necessarily Bitcoin) with fiat money
- A complex system for storing crypto coins securely
3. What They Want Me to Do in Those Projects
As mentioned earlier, they want me to do R&D. The potential-boss said that they basically custom-tailed the job for me, as I’d be able to “take over” a few things for them. He wasn’t sure exactly to which project(s) they’d take me and what I’d do in each one of them, but already has 4 kinds of plans for me: 1 job-general & 3 project-specific ones:
- General: researching various tools online, various blockchains projects, APIs and services & learning new technologies where necessary, whether it’s crypto-specific (like Solidity and smart contracts on Ethereum), or non-crypto-specific, like Reddist for databases.
And for the project-specific plans:
AI-based bot: they want me to get data from an external company, and help train their AI with existing knowledge I have as a crypto coins trader (more on that soon) and someone who knows the crypto world (coins, technologies, etc).
fiat->crypto purchase service: work on building the website, connecting with APIs, researching relevant tools for various related things for the project
A complex system for securing crypto coins: researching wallets, setting up nodes and wallets, possibly other things
4. My Background
They want to take me due to combination of 3 things I have in my background: software development, trading crypto coins and understanding of blockchains and projects to some level.
Here’s my background in each one of them:
Software development: I’m a junior here. In terms of formal work, I’ve worked for only less that 6 months in a company where I learned new technologies, a new field of content (geo and public transit data) and a new field in programming (data analysis and writing scripts for data). Beyond that, I’ve been programming for about 5-6 years now, with background as a full-stack developer in .NET, and have been focusing in the last few years on client-side programming, and I’ve also got 1 year of experience in WordPress, and currently started learning React.
Trading crypto coins: I’ve been trading actively since about 8 months ago, especially in the last 4-5 months, in which I’ve traded daily. I started learning and still am learning technical analysis, and have been learning fundamental analysis over time, as well. I bought my first Bitcoin back in 2013 and have been holding it since.
Understanding of blockchains and crypto projects: I know how blockchains generally work, and am familiar with various blockchain projects, big and small, in terms of what their technologies are, what they’re meant for, and am familiar generally in the crypto coins & projects market, including ICOs (in some I also invested). I also have experience in setting up various nodes of various coins, and have experience with various wallets for various coins.
So, in all 3 projects I could use various skills and knowledge I have. But I’m a junior, so there are still things that these jobs would require me to learn:
What Each Project Would Require Me to Learn
- The AI-based bot – I might get help/guidance from my potential-boss who’s coming from an AI background, but still:
- I’d have to learn how to work with the external AI bot and their data. I suppose that it’d be working like with an API or just making requests and receiving data from a server/API, but I’ve no idea how such a thing would work.
I’d have to learn how to train the bot, using my trading knowledge – again, no idea here.
- Database(s) technologies
- Possibly: some web technology/ies.
- How to set up nodes of various coins
So, and I know that his has been VERY long, but what do you think would be a sensible salary for such a position? Again, it’s quite a custom job, my background is varied and I’m going to take responsibility there from very early on in the division/company’s stages.
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