Investment Associate, Ventures and Ecosystem

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13 Jan 2022

Coinbase has built the world’s leading compliant cryptocurrency platform serving over 73 million accounts in more than 100 countries. With multiple successful products, and our vocal advocacy for blockchain technology, we have played a major part in mainstream awareness and adoption of cryptocurrency. We are proud to offer an entire suite of products that are helping build the cryptoeconomy and increase economic freedom around the world.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for signals that a candidate will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, disrupt ourselves, and expect sustained high performance because we play as a championship team. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people with the desire and capacity to build and share expertise in the frontier technologies of crypto and blockchain, in whatever way is most relevant to their role.

Coinbase Ventures was launched in 2018 with the mandate to support the growing crypto ecosystem by investing in teams and projects that push the industry forward. Since launch, Coinbase Ventures has backed some of the industry’s most important projects at the earliest stages and has also become one of the most prolific investors in crypto by deal count, with over 200+ portfolio companies today. The Ventures team sits at the bleeding edge of the industry, providing an important strategic benefit to both Coinbase and the ecosystem by supporting the development of the broader crypto ecosystem and building strong relationships between industry leaders and compelling entrepreneurs.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Research the cryptocurrency industry, identifying critical shifts and evolving trends in the ecosystem, and their implications for Coinbase
  • Support sourcing and diligence of new early stage cryptocurrency companies for Coinbase Ventures
  • Help drive Coinbase Ventures investment decisions, manage deal pipeline, and portfolio company relationships
  • Support investment and portfolio processes and operations
  • Support development of the Around the Block newsletter, synthesizing bespoke analysis on the most relevant news and trends in the cryptocurrency industry and distribute across the company and on the Coinbase blog
  • Identify and solve complex cross-functional challenges related to supporting new crypto-native product initiatives
  • Collaborate and promote internal education on key cryptocurrency themes and topics, including through onboarding sessions and custom training

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • 3+ years experience building or working within the cryptocurrency industry; investing experience is a plus
  • Passion and deep understanding of emerging trends within the cryptocurrency industry
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to distill complex topics into clear, easy to understand messaging
  • Excellent  organizational, analytic, problem solving, and communication skills
  • Experience working with startup management teams and cross-functional execs, including product, engineering, legal, and finance
  • BA/BS degree

Nice to haves:

  • Experience at top-tier venture capital firm and/or cryptocurrency specific company
  • Experience with cryptocurrency research, analyst, and/or journalism roles
  • Investment banking, management consulting, and/or corporate strategy experience
  • Engineering experience, preferably in or with blockchains
  • MA/MS or advanced degree
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