This Thursday, September 3, will be a big day for Boston blockchain enthusiasts as the BBA hosts Blockchain Bonds: How They Work and Why We Need Them.
You’ll get to hear from Alex Kostura, Founding General Manager of ConsenSys DC, and one of the world’s leading experts on tokenized assets. It’s an excellent way to end your summer and head into Labor Day. There’s a number of events happening in the blockchain community in the coming week as people end their summers and get back to work, making it a perfect time to get more involved in Boston’s blockchain community.
Also, be sure to check out the ‘Careers in Blockchain’ section at the end of our newsletter for some exciting opportunities from Purestake.
If you aren’t already, please help support technology and blockchain development in Boston by becoming a member of the Boston Blockchain Association today. All you have to do is apply to become a member (takes just a minute of your time) to be sure you’ll stay informed on all Boston area blockchain events. Digital blockchain technology is the future of many global industries. Get involved in the future!
Here are the planned virtual and in-person events in Boston’s blockchain community for the coming week:
Thursday, September 3, 2020, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
How will we make it through the coming financial crisis? Blockchain offers a solution, in the form of blockchain bonds — like traditional bonds, but cheaper, easier, and sexier. (You read that right.) Blockchain bonds offer a new way for states and municipalities to raise funds, with all the benefits of blockchain. In this one-time-only Meetup, you’ll hear from Alex Kostura, Founding General Manager of ConsenSys DC, and one of the world’s leading experts on tokenized assets. Alex will walk us through ConsenSys Codefi, a leading tokenization platform, showing us how governments and corporations can tokenize all kinds of traditional financial assets — including bonds! — with real-life examples.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
In his 2020 book, “Basic Income and Sovereign Money: The Alternative to Economic Crisis and Austerity Policy,” economist Geoff Crocker makes the case for issuing a basic income in the form of “debt-free” sovereign money. The idea is that the government can pay out a basic income without collecting any taxes or taking on any debt. To what extent is this possible? How can the concept of “debt-free” or “non-debt” money help us understand the economy? How does a sovereign-money basic income compare to the Consumer Monetary Theory (CMT) perspective that we’ve previously discussed?
Sunday, September 13, 2020, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT *Mark your calendar*
Join Holmes of Zbay as he showcases the decentralized, private messaging and commerce platform his team has been creating atop Zcash! This will be the first Boston Zcash meetup in ages, this time, in the fresh outdoors. Welcome back! Bring your laptop if you’d like to test out the app’s features between ourselves and other Zbayers, sending messages over shielded Zcash memos and making trades. Also, bring food and drink if you want to make it a picnic. If you have a folding chair, that could come in handy.
Thursday, September 17, 2020, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT *Mark your calendar*
As any visitor to Boston knows, the downtown Boston street-map is a random mish-mash of streets dating to the horse trails and cow paths of the 1600s. With digital currency, CBDC, etc. rather than simply ‘paving the cow paths’, how should we be architecting financial regulation today for 20 years from now when everything is on blockchain rails? The combination of Blockchain, AI, IoT, ML, etc. will profoundly impact how financial oversight is done by governments, especially relative to safety and soundness, while adequately protecting for confidentiality, reducing the cost of oversight, and flagging systemic risks. But what are the questions we should be asking NOW to drive the architecture of tomorrow?
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Careers in Blockchain
Looking for a career in blockchain? Looking to hire great blockchain talent? We’re starting a new Blockchain Jobs section of our newsletter and website.
Featured this week are several openings at Purestake, a leader in premium blockchain infrastructure and validator services for Proof of Stake networks. Current openings include Full Stack Engineer, Senior Blockchain Engineer, Ecosystem Development Lead, and Marketing Communications Manager. They are excited to hire some Boston blockchain talent
If you are a blockchain professional interested in finding your next job opportunity, check out the Boston Blockchain Association Network.
New blockchain jobs are continually being added, including positions for a Staff Software Engineer at Coinbase, Manager of Membership Growth at non-profit InterWorks Alliance, and Lead DevOps Engineer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Or maybe just get some experience as a Blockchain Developer Intern at OpptIn.
Job seekers can submit CVs, and employers can list their blockchain job openings. For employers, we welcome links to your blockchain job postings; for employees, we welcome links to your online resume or CV. Please reach out to email@example.com with the subject line “JOBS.”
You should also consider joining the Boston Blockchain Association today. Just fill out an application and you will stay up to date on all Boston-area blockchain happenings.