Last week, co-Founder of Twitter and CEO of mobile payments platform Square Jack Dorsey expressed an interest in hiring 3 to 4 crypto engineers and a full-time designer to contribute towards the Bitcoin/crypto opensource eco-system.
In a series of Tweets, Jack expressed an interest in hiring these developers as a way to contribute to the Bitcoin community.
#BitcoinTwitter and #CryptoTwitter! Square is hiring 3-4 crypto engineers and 1 designer to work full-time on open source contributions to the bitcoin/crypto ecosystem. Work from anywhere, report directly to me, and we can even pay you in bitcoin! Introducing @SqCrypto. Why?
— jack (@jack) March 20, 2019
Discussing the reason behind the initiative, Jack commented:
Last week I was considering my hack week project, and asked @brockm: “what is the most impactful thing we could do for the bitcoin community?” His answer was simple: “pay people to make the broader crypto ecosystem better.” This resonated with me immediately, so we’re doing it.
Whilst positive news for the Bitcoin community, many questioned Jack’s intent, especially having vested interests in financial platform Square.
“This will be Square’s first open source initiative independent of our business objectives. These folks will focus entirely on what’s best for the crypto community and individual economic empowerment, not on Square’s commercial interests. All resulting work will be open and free.”
Jack further adds:
Square has taken a lot from the open source community to get us here. We haven’t given enough back. This is a small way to give back, and one that’s aligned with our broader interests: a more accessible global financial system for the internet.
Square and Square Crypto had no further comments to make on the matter.