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Square adds Square Market, has 60 open jobs

Thankfully, names aren’t permanent. Nirvana was once Pen Cap Chew. Van Halen was Rat Salad. And The Red Hot Chili Peppers? Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem.

Four-year old payments startup Square was once known as Squirrel. Not quite Rat Salad, but still – it’s not easy to imagine a company named for a mid-sized rodent making a run from card swipe prototype to one of the biggest technologies to ever hit the payments space.

Square, for its part, has had a summer of major new offerings. Among them is Square Market, a new online portal for Square merchants to sell their wares online. Square Cash, offering easy consumer-to-consumer payments via email for a $0.50 fee, is still invite only.

To fuel the ongoing growth, Square is hiring for nearly 60 open positions – from Language Specialist (French, Japanese) to Finance & Strategy Analyst. Most are in San Francisco, with a few in Atlanta, New York, and Tokyo. Check them out here.

Keep an eye on New York, however. Creative Director Robert Andersen just moved from San Francisco, and with last year’s acquisition of NYC-based design firm 80/20, it’s expected that they’ll be hiring more aggressively in NYC.

Now go forth (and crank the Pen Cap Chew to 11!).

Nitty Gritty:

18: Weight in pounds of the Alpine marmot (largest member of the squirrel family)

$800: Price reportedly paid by Russians for Japanese square watermelons

1983: Year the Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed (1983!)


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