THREE QUESTIONS TO SHAUN POTTS FOUNDER PLEXUS

They are our clients, our friends, good contacts or just people we met in the crypto-community. They have a new vision, they are running great projects, they are developing new services or they just want to share their story. Havas Blockchain is interviewing key people of the blockchain ecosystem.

We are today with Shaun Potts, founder of Plexus:

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  1. Can you present Plexus?

We are Europe’s leading blockchain focused tech talent partner. Over the last few years, we’ve built teams for some of the biggest names in the space, organisations like ConsenSys, BigchainDB, Lisk, Cardano, 11:FS, and others. The bulk of what we do is placing within tech roles — CTOs, architects, developers, devops etc — and we also cover design, UX, product and marketing positions. Whilst recruitment is our bread and butter, we do far more — you’ll find us at meetups and conferences learning about the space. We’re always on hand to advise our clients on hiring strategies and roadmaps, and offer genuine market insight around tech choices and salary benchmarking. We immerse ourselves in the tech, so our team really know their stuff, and most importantly love crypto!

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2. What is the state of the job market in the blockchain sphere?

The space is maturing rapidly, and the hiring with it. The ICO boom of 2016–17 poured money into the space and everyone became ‘blockchain experts’ over-night! As people rushed to design token based products, Solidity was flavour of the month. But as the space as evolved, enterprise grade projects have come to the fore. Permissioned systems, such as Hyperledger and Corda, are being explored by some of the world’s biggest corporations. The craze of 2016–17 is over, but behind the scenes hiring is still continuing at pace. As always good engineers are highly sought after.

3. What are the European countries where the blockchain market is the most developed?

The majority of hiring is still based around the major western European tech hubs — London (where we’re based), Berlin, Zurich/Zug, and Amsterdam. But there’s plenty of talent in destinations further afield — Estonia, Slovenia, and Lithuania are full of brilliant developers. In the world of modern work, as clients seek the brightest talent available, remote working is growing in popularity too.

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