5 of the Biggest US Companies in Crypto Right Now
The intricacies of the blockchain might still be a mystery to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work in the fast-growing world of cryptocurrency and smart contracts.
While crypto market prices have the kind of volatility that would make most investors blush, there’s little doubt the technology is here to stay.
Check out five American companies growing fast in the crypto space right now.
Perhaps the biggest US-based company in the crypto space right now, Coinbase is a bitcoin and ethereum exchange that has grown by unimaginable leaps and bounds in the last year – the company is potentially valued at more than $8 billion right now. That fast growth means big growing pains as well, so they’re hiring a lot to repay all that technical debt. Have a look at their open jobs right here.
New York-based startup LedgerX is a bitcoin trading platform that has achieved what seemed nearly impossible a few years back – legitimizing bitcoin as a financial instrument. After three years of lobbying, LedgerX was granted a derivatives clearing organization license in July 2017 from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to settle contracts in bitcoin and ether.
That opened cryptocurrencies to institutional swaps and contracts, and in November, LedgerX initiated the first long-term bitcoin options.
Among the blockchain cognoscenti, there’s still a lot of debate as to whether Ripple is a truly decentralized cryptocurrency or not. One thing is certain, however, in the last year Ripple has seen exponential growth – for a brief period in January 2018, the CEO was the fifth-richest person in the United States.
The company, which seeks to make currency exchange and remittance simpler, has already inked deals with Wells Fargo. They’re also hiring for roles around the world.
Founded by everyone’s favorite rowing-team twins, the Winklevii, Gemini is a digital currency exchange that launched in 2015, becoming the world’s first licensed ether exchange a year later. The company faces many of the same scaling challenges faced by Coinbase.
Cofounded by Jed McCaleb, also one of the founders of Ripple, Stellar hopes to facilitate payments between individuals while offering far more transactions-per-second than the comparable ethereum network.
The company struck an early deal with payments processor Stripe, and in October 2017, Stellar announced a collaboration with IBM to test cross-border payments in Southeast Asia. They’re also hiring.
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