Current Openings


Blockchain Research Associate

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 senior research associates 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, analyzing, and design. 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 companies looking to integrate public blockchain technology and tokenize an aspect of their business model.

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, kicked yourself for not doing so, or are sitting on the sidelines while clear regulatory frameworks emergy. 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, by Ladds Addition.

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.


Intern Blockchain Analyst

We are seeking a research inter for our Portland office. You’ll work internally with our research team, learning about one of the most complex and promising technologies of our times as part of a diverse and seasoned team. Responsibilities will include a couple dedicated projects, including one of your own design, while supporting other senior team members in various research initiatives.

Intern Blockchain Analyst

Smith+Crown is a research group focused on cryptofinance and blockchain-based technologies. Our mission is to analyze, apply, and share what we call the world’s most valuable information.

We are seeking a number of research interns to join us in Portland, OR.

You’ll work with many of the companies leading the industry, learning about one of the most complex and promising technologies of our times. Daily responsibilities will vary and can include writing, reading, collecting and analyzing data, working on visuals and diagrams, and administrative tasks as needed.

We prize independence. Interns will work on a couple dedicated projects, including one of their own design, while supporting other senior team members in various research initiatives.

If you’ve wanted to make a full shift to work on public blockchain technology, there’s not a better platform for it. You’ll learn from an experienced and respected team. Your research will be at the cutting edge of the industry and your work will be broadcast to our network.

Come join our team in sharing insights about the emerging cryptofinance industry.

Who are you?

  • You have been following the blockchain industry for at least 6 months and are familiar with its general progress. You know what tokens are and be able to talk knowledgeable about at least a few.
  • Your background includes analytical work: taking a problem, breaking it down into component parts, giving them numbers, and building them back into a solution.
  • You have unique expertise in one of the following areas and familiarity in another: writing, data analysis (python preferred), or visual design.
  • You’re comfortable with minimal supervision in a dynamic environment. We’re a start-up in growth mode, and no two days will be the same.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • Based in Portland, OR.

Compensation

A stipend will be provided.

Interested?

Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest, fit with Smith + Crown, and desired future in the industry; and a work sample or portfolio that demonstrates the quality of work you’d be contributing. 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.

 


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 working on the development of both the day-to-day experience of users on the Smith + Crown site, as well as an intelligence and research platform product.  

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. We value generalist capabilities as well as development with a pragmatic team player approach.

 

Job Requirements

  • Exceptional attention to detail, and an eye for layout, design, placement and interaction of on-page elements
  • Experience with UX/UI patterns and practices
  • Ability to work self-directed and independently as well as in team based workflows, on a variety of projects and initiatives
  • Current and confident with modern Javascript and its tooling, libraries, and frameworks, such as React, Node, Vue, etc.
  • Highly fluent in standard front-end tools, frameworks, practices and technologies (Git, HTML5, Bulma, SCSS, Webpack, etc.)
  • Python, PHP

 

Differentiators

  • Google Cloud (GCP) or other cloud-scale systems
  • D3, or other data visualization approaches
  • Server side rendering, Node.js experience
  • Docker workflow experience
  • Blockchain and decentralized web technologies
  • Design portfolio

 

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.

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.