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Boston Blockchain Events Week of March 1, 2021

Fintech financial technology.

It’s a huge week coming up as Thursday, March 4, will give you the chance to compare popular blockchain platforms as the BBA puts on Blockchain Platforms: Head-to-Head Comparisons. Then Friday, March 5 will feature the MIT Fintech Conference – which is the largest student-run conference in the world! Attendees will get to hear from Vlad Tenev, the founder and CEO of Robinhood, Ajay Banga, the former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Mastercard, Sheila Warren, the Head of Blockchain and Data Policy at the World Economic Forum, and many more! It’s a virtual conference this year, so log on and join us.

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Algorand has had a pretty big week with some major accomplishments. First up, anyone with a Windows PC can now participate in consensus on Algorand as a node installer for Windows has been released. And they’ve also released the Algorand Wallet, a perfect choice for experts and beginners alike. There’s also been some major adoption of stablecoins on Algorand, which is quite exciting for the project and community.

Learn about all the developments at Algorand here. Even better, sign up for their newsletter and get all the new developments delivered right to your inbox.

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Here are the planned virtual and in-person events in Boston’s blockchain community for the coming week:

Blockchain Platforms: Head-to-Head Comparisons

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST

Blockchain platforms are proliferating. But which one is best? It depends on how we define “best,” because blockchain platforms are beginning to specialize in specific industries and use cases. In this panel, we’ll have a side-by-side comparison of some of the leading blockchain platforms, including Ethereum, Hyperledger, Algorand, and Polkadot. Whether your role is technical or business application-focused, this event will be entertaining and informative — and help you make smart choices about the platform that will best meet your needs.

MIT Fintech Conference

Friday, March 5, 2021, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST

You’re invited to join the 2021 virtual MIT Fintech conference, which is the largest student-run conference in the world. It will bring together more than 1,000 academics, professionals, and students who are all dedicated to transforming and innovating in the global Fintech space. Speakers include Vlad Tenev, the founder and CEO of Robinhood, Ajay Banga, the former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Mastercard, Sheila Warren, the Head of Blockchain and Data Policy at the World Economic Forum, and many more!

Careers in Blockchain

Looking for a career in blockchain? Looking to hire great blockchain talent? Then you’ll love the Blockchain Jobs section of our newsletter and website.

Working on a project together.

Question: Do you have a pre-seed or seed-stage blockchain startup that is looking for angel capital and networks to take your company to the next stage?

Chain Reaction, a Boston-based blockchain angel group, is currently taking applications for investment. Investments range from 25K to 125K+ and you can expect to hear back within two weeks of your application about the next steps. Read more about Chain Reaction here to see if you qualify: https://www.chainreactionboston.com/startups. Applications are welcome from anywhere in the world.

Chain Reaction is also seeking an intern as part of the expansion of their angel group. You can read more about Chain Reaction here: www.chainreactionboston.com

****In order to comply with MA law, the candidate must receive some sort of school credit in order to participate in this opportunity. It is up to the student to arrange this with their institution. 

The ideal candidate would know enough about the blockchain space to do any of the following if asked:

  • take accurate notes at our monthly pitch events and summarize main points
  • communicate with startups and outreach to university student groups/clubs active in the blockchain space to help establish partnerships and source deals
  • help put together monthly educational events for our angel investor members

This candidate should also be familiar and comfortable with Twitter and LinkedIn to make regular posts/tweets to the Chain Reaction account and help build the follower numbers and add relevant groups/leaders to follow.

The candidate must be available the first Tuesday of the month @4-5:30pm when Chain Reaction holds monthly meetings, and have the maturity and character to keep information from these meetings confidential. While the workload varies based on the number of companies in diligence, interns can expect a minimum of five hours per week most weeks and up to 10 hours if there are a lot of companies in diligence. If you have a lot of time on your hands and want to do more there is plenty to keep the right candidate busy!

While this is an unpaid internship, this is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about the investment side of the startup world, see how an angel investment group works, and gain insight into how experienced investors make their decisions.

If this sounds like you, please send your CV and in place of a cover letter an email conveying your interest and experience to chainreactionboston@gmail.com.

CR is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this internship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 


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, and there’s sure to be something suitable to your talents now or in the coming weeks. For example, Algorand is looking for all levels of Software Engineers, plus a Senior Software Engineer (smart contracts), a Team Lead or Manager of Software Engineering, and a Senior DevOps Engineer. Also, PathAI needs a Full Stack Engineer, and Flipside Crypto also posted for a Full Stack Engineer. Mosaic is looking for a Cryptocurrency Broker, while BitGo is searching for an early career Blockchain Engineer.

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 bostonblockchainassocation@gmail.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.

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