Introduction to Raman Shalupau
Raman is the founder and CEO of Crypto Jobs List. Having spent years as a software engineer writing code and building products that solve problems, he decided to create the Crypto Jobs List platform in 2017 when he started looking for a new job and has since then focused on building and promoting the platform. Today, he’s one of the best in the Web3 space at connecting top companies with exceptional crypto talent.
Q: What is a Crypto Jobs List?
Crypto Jobs List is the #1 site to find and post jobs. A platform where anyone looking to work in Web3 can connect with web3 companies hiring in a few clicks and begin their next experience in the industry, featuring both technical and non-technical positions.
Crypto Jobs List has been mentioned in Forbes, CNBC, The New York Times, The Entrepreneur, CoinDesk, and many other reputable media outlets in the blockchain industry. Clients include OKX, Binance, Doodles, Certik, Arbitrum, Parity, and many others.
Q: What are the main differences in mindset if we compare Web2 and Web3 ecosystems?
One of the main differences coming from Web2 to Web3 is how open things are. Coming from Web2 companies, traditional internet, and Silicon Valley startups, a lot of information is proprietary and secret. Everything is built in-house, and you can only build by permission. Even if you’re starting a company to raise capital, which is usually gate-kept by many VCs, many are very skeptical. They want to ensure that you graduated from some High League school and that you’re highly decorated.
In Web3, however, I feel like the main difference is that it’s much more open, as you can join as many projects as you’d like and start contributing with your experience.
You can buy into projects by holding tokens and keep contributing. That way, you are directly incentivized with a kind of liquid equity to contribute and do your best work, and the more you contribute, the better the project becomes.
Even though certain parts of the projects are kind of confidential, the core DNA mindset difference is that there are fewer entry barriers. The main barrier is your enthusiasm and willingness to learn; the learning curve can sometimes be steep. Still, I think at the core of it, many differences are around this openness versus closedness.
You can contribute to someone’s project on GitHub. You can join a Discord. You can be in the know about what’s the latest state of affairs with any given project and start contributing. And usually, companies notice you and welcome you and your contributions.
Q: Which are the most common ways you see people finding a job in Web3?
This is a very good question. I think one of the best means of entry is community management. Still, not to underestimate the depth of community management, there is some complexity to being a community manager, as you’ll need to understand a bit about human psychology, how to moderate people, how to manage conflicts, and how to navigate discord.
But outside of community management, I would say content, most people can write. I think one of the best ways to show your interest in or commitment to the industry is to start writing. Whether you’re a technical or non-technical person, regardless of what your interests are, you can start writing about interests in the space. Start by perhaps writing your blog posts or some reviews.
If you’re technical, try to do a technical review of a project or some technical concept you’re just learning. If you are non-technical and are into DeFi, review a DeFi protocol. If you are into NFTs, review NFT collections that you like. Review some new ideas, strategies, and some new alpha, and try to blog systematically or start tweeting about it.
Twitter threads are a really good way to get noticed as a content writer. So creating content doesn’t require that much upfront knowledge. It just requires dedication and commitment, and that’s the main thing that you need to show to your potential employer or the community you want to join.
Those two are kind of the lower-hanging fruits, but for more advanced roles, if you are a technical person, one of the best ways is to just start contributing to projects, and first try to understand how the code runs. Again, regardless of whether you are a backend, front end dev, there is always a way for you to start working on a project that you are most excited about or start exploring the technology that is the easiest for you to understand. Start by building some side projects, no matter how big or small, and a thing that gets the ball rolling.
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