Blockchain PM Jobs for 15 March

And Paris Blockchain week PM observations

Hi,

(Note: It looks like I missed the 1 March issue. To confirm, my intention is still to send this every 2 weeks.)

I attended the Ethereum Magicians Council of Paris and EthCC last week. I approached both with a PM perspective, to understand how the crypto community views PM’s these days.

Tension

My take from these events is that the need for PM’s is still resisted. Yet at the same time, there seems to be a growing recognition that crypto needs more coordination. It feels like an interesting tension.

The tension exists between recognizing projects need more coordination, yet still rejecting the need for PM’s. My sense is we need to work on demonstrating how PM’s can provide this coordination in beneficial ways.

Other Observations

Much of the talk was governance focused. Many speakers discussed the need to relieve developers from making governance decisions. PM’s could do this. This could be one area we can provide immediate, tangible and recognizable value.

Documenting meetings came up a lot too. I feel this can be useful when done purposefully. I’m not sold on the value of comprehensive meeting minutes. I do believe in the value of documenting decisions made, open questions and next steps.

Most ETH 2.0 panelists rejected the notion of needing PM help when I asked the question. Some said Danny was already doing a good job. Others said it was too early. One person said a PM could be helpful with coordinating testing.

The ETH Cat Herder session at the Counsel of Paris felt like a hopeful step. My sense is we need to lead by example here. The Cat Herders should practice what we preach.

This means holding our own sessions and following up on them in the same manner we’d recommend to teams we help coordinate. This to me feels like the most important next step we can take.

Building and Shipping?

Finally, the two words I heard most were governance and research. I wish I heard more about building and shipping.

Then again, the focus on governance and research also explains why the need for PM’s isn’t widely recognized yet.

Hopefully this recognition increases as the focus on building and shipping does.

And now, on to this week’s jobs…

General Pulse - Steady/Slow

Note: I haven’t been able to add Coindesk jobs to the list yet. I’ll add jobs from this board starting soon. In the meantime, there are a few product and project manager jobs listed.

0x - Product Manager - Growth

0x -Product Manager - Developer Experience

Bison Trails Co. - Product Lead

Beam.io - Product Manager

Coinbase - Crypto Product Manager

Livepeer - Product Manager

OmiseGO - Product Manager

O(1) Labs - Product Manager

Product Manager at NEAR Protocol

Product Manager, Growth at Dfinity

Product Manager at Coda

Technical Program Director at Tezos Commons Foundation

Program Manager at Protocol Labs

Product Manager at Gnosis

Product Manager at Bloxroute Labs

Product Manager at Oasis Labs

Other crypto projects I don’t know much about or would probably not apply to myself, at least without doing more research, yet are hiring PM’s include Gemini, Coindesk, Airtm, Annacus (very little company info, struck me as an intriguing value prop) Hydrogen, Airfox, DEX, IOHK, Blockstack, and Wyre.

Catch you next week,

Chris