Current Openings


Blockchain Analyst

Smith+Crown is a research group focused on cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based technologies. We are seeking a senior research analyst for our Portland office. You’ll work with many of the companies leading the industry, learning about one of the most complex and promising technologies of our times as part of a diverse and seasoned team. Daily responsibilities will include writing, reading, interviewing, and analyzing. There will be lots of room to grow.

Smith+Crown is a research group focused on cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based technologies.

We are seeking a senior research analyst for our Portland office. You’ll work with many of the companies leading the industry, learning about one of the most complex and promising technologies of our times as part of a diverse and seasoned team. Daily responsibilities will include writing, reading, interviewing, and analyzing. There will be lots of room to grow.

The analyst will be part of both our research and strategic advisory practice. Research tasks will involve

assessing public blockchain technologies, business models, and markets. We’re developing some of the research techniques that will become industry standard, and we want you to help us. The advisory component will involve working with entrepreneurs looking to tokenize their business model. You’ll be working directly with company founders and providing accurate, useful, and well communicated feedback about their token economy.

Who are you?

  • You have been following the blockchain industry for at least 6 months and are familiar with its general progress. You know generally what Metropolis, zkSNARKs, and Bitcoin Unlimited refer to.
  • You know what a token sale is. You’ve likely participated in a token sale or kicked yourself for not doing so. You know what the Howey Test is and why it’s important to this industry. You’re not afraid of lawyers.
  • You’ve built a company, worked at a top consulting firm, or worked in an industry in which you evaluated companies, products, or other investment opportunities. Client experience is important.
  • Your background includes analytical work: taking a problem, breaking it down into component parts, giving them numbers, and building them back up again. You’re no stranger to data.
  • We’re seeking a high-performing generalist who can pinch hit across a variety of areas. We’re a start-up in growth mode, and no two days will be the same.

Requirements:

  • Based in Portland, OR or willing to relocate.
  • A good writer. At minimum, you write with no grammatical errors. Your idiom is accurate, your phrasing isn’t awkward, you’re conscious of jargon. Our audience is educated but not all are crypto-insiders.
  • A critical thinker. Research projects move quickly. For many of them, you’ll be deeper in the content than we might be. You’ll need to think through the implications of your findings—but also be open to asking questions in the search for the right answer.
  • Able to operate independently. We’re a lean team of people who learn on their own and from each other. You’ll be part of it. There will be plenty of support, but you’ll also need to make decisions as you research and write.
  • Familiarity with python is a plus.

We are growing and just opened a new office in SE, just north of Ladds. Hours are flexible: everyone gets the job done but decides when and where it gets done. Core working hours are 10am-3pm.

Compensation

While we are currently experiencing substantial growth, we are still a small company that believes in bootstrapping and forging our own path. We believe in transparency and as such want to be clear that as starting compensation we offer a comfortable, though below market salary as well a equity based on individual experience and situation. As we continue to grow we will ensure that our success is shared by the entire team.

Interested?

If so, tell us about yourself. Your background, your interests, your assessment of your skills. Read our website and tell us what topics you can pursue.

Please submit a resume, cover letter explaining your interest and fit with Smith + Crown and preferable a portfolio or references to any examples of your work. Applications can be submitted via this form, or by sending your materials to us here.

Due to the high volume of applicants any materials received without a cover letter, or with a generic cover letter will not be considered.


Web Developer

We are looking for an experienced individual to join our engineering team and to help lead the development of both the day-to-day experience of users on the Smith + Crown site, as well as a currently unannounced intelligence and research platform. The ideal team member is experienced in the range of modern frameworks, best practices and tools for the development of highly polished and responsive web interfaces and applications.

We are looking for an experienced individual to join our engineering team and to help lead the development of both the day-to-day experience of users on the Smith + Crown site, as well as a currently unannounced intelligence and research platform.

The ideal team member is experienced in the range of modern frameworks, best practices and tools for the development of highly polished and responsive web interfaces and applications. We’re looking for someone passionate about design, user experience and the translation of design into a functional and highly usable experience for our users.

We have an intense and ambitious culture that’s focused around our core values of personal responsibility, integrity, and exceptional high standards. We also want someone excited to be involved in, and learn about, the cryptocurrency industry as this role will require working collaboratively with engineering, research, design and user experience in order to solve unique challenges around the accessible and intuitive display of complex and dynamic information.

Requirements/Experience

  • Exceptional attention to detail, and an eye for layout, design, placement and interaction of on-page elements
  • Experience with UX patterns and practices Ability to work self-directed and independently
  • Current and confident with modern Javascript and its tooling, libraries, and frameworks, such as Ember or React
  • Highly fluent in standard front-end tools, frameworks, practices and technologies (Git, HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap, LESS, etc.)
  • Python
  • PHP and Wordpress familiarity or experience

Differentiators

  • Google Cloud (GCP)
  • D3
  • Docker workflow experience

Location

While remote applicants will be considered, there will be a strong preference for candidates located in the Portland, OR area or who are willing to relocate. Relocation assistance will be provided.

Compensation

While we are currently experiencing substantial growth, we are still a small company that believes in bootstrapping and forging our own path. We believe in transparency and as such want to be clear that as starting compensation we offer a comfortable, though below market salary as well a equity based on individual experience and situation. As we continue to grow we will ensure that our success is shared by the entire team.

Application Process

Please submit a resume, cover letter explaining your interest and fit with Smith + Crown and preferable a portfolio or references to any examples of your work. Applications can be submitted via this form, or by sending your materials here.

Due to the high volume of applicants any materials received without a cover letter, or with a generic cover letter will not be considered.