For many, Labor Day is the sign of summer coming to an end. At Blockchain, we were hit with that reality last week when we said goodbye to (most of) our summer interns. These great young talents have, in the course of a couple of months, contributed to Blockchain and the bitcoin ecosystem as a whole in significant and extremely meaningful ways. Below, meet the folks who spent their summer helping us build. They could very well be the future of bitcoin.
Anurag, Software Engineering
Anurag came highly recommended by previous intern and current full-timer Justin Tormey… and he lived up to the praise. A Computer Science major at McGill, Anurag focused on automated testing of our web app, and front end work using Jade and Sass. His intellectual curiosity has been on display for some time now. During his high school years, Anurag led and directed the Fairfield Enrichment Club, a community academic learning group, and helped to grow it from four students to span across several towns in Fairfield County. Anurag also has a creative side, which led him to play the violin in college and in an orchestra. A man of many talents, we know he has a promising future ahead and are glad to have been a part of his story to date.
Alex joins our internship program with a diverse range of IT experience, including customer support, data and informational analytics. During the school year he’s pursuing a Computer Science with Business Management degree at the University of Birmingham, UK. He recently used that expertise, as part of a college competition, to remaster of the classic game Noughts and Crosses into a “Mega” edition, which is currently being redesigned for smartphones on iOS and Android. As our team has gotten to know Alex, we’ve witnessed firsthand how prepared he is for almost anything… whether it’s a challenging project at work ora zombie apocalypse (yup, he’s got an escape plan and gear ready in case of the latter).
Jack, UX Development
Heading into his junior year at The Dalton School this September, high school student Jack joined our UX Development team as a way to jumpstart his career and step outside his comfort zone. As an intern, he gained valuable experience refactoring Blockchain.com, and building a new FAQ panel and landing page for our wallet. Computer science and programming have been key interests of his personally and he recommends picking up esoteric programming languages as a great way to practice thinking outside the box, killing some time, and exercising the brain. We hope he continues to learn about bitcoin and shares his experience with fellow classmates this fall.
Attracted to bitcoin and open technologies by their ability to empower others, Emily joined our team while completing her studies at the London Business School. Prior to pursuing her MBA (and helping us shape the next generation of Blockchain products), Emily worked for the U.S. government’s rapid response office leading the design and management of microprograms supporting economic recovery and political participation in Cote d’Ivoire and Mali. Prior to this, she worked to inform local populations and encourage political collaboration in El Salvador, Djibouti, and Tunisia. Emily aspires to be like Indiana Jones, and we think she’s on the road to a very adventurous career.
William, Strategy & Partnerships
One look at William’s CV and you can’t help but take note of his curiosity and interest in taking on new challenges. To wit: He’ll be graduating from Said Business School at the University of Oxford this September – no small feat made all the greater when you consider he spent much of that time balancing his studies with caring for his hyperactive 1 year-old. Prior to taking on an MBA and fatherhood, Will co-founded Superbrands, a consumer goods company that sold over 50 million units of toothbrushes and 13 million units of superglue by 2014, when he exited the business. With experience in industries ranging from Automotive to Consumer Goods to Banking, FinTech presented an exciting new challenge and we couldn’t be happier to have helped him explore that interest this summer.
CK, Strategy & Partnerships
Currently pursuing his MBA with a concentration in marketing and analytics at Cornell, CK came to us with a varied background that spanned traditional finance and entrepreneurial endeavors. He started his career at Citi, where he provided wealth management for clients throughout Asia, and later moved into investment banking with BDO Capital. His passion for building led him to found and manage a restaurant in Manila, Philippines, which he sold after two years. CK recently became inspired by bitcoin’s potential as a tool for economic empowerment and explored how that potential can become reality as a Strategy and Partnership intern at Blockchain this summer. We hope our time together has served to further inspire CK!
Blockchain believes it’s never too early to jumpstart an internship program.
Interns at Blockchain are given significant responsibility from day 1. The work isn’t easy but it’s rewarded with mentorship and freedom, in equal parts. And that approach is why so many interns return to Blockchain as valuable full-time members of our team.
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