Pandas are More Plentiful Than Blockchain Developers

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Apparently, there are less then 100 true Blockchain engineers in the world according to Bart Cant, a principal in Capgemini’s financial services practice.

“I’ve heard people say there are probably less than 100 true blockchain experts in the world.”

In an article at the Wall Street Journal Kim Nash interviewed Cant and notes that the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is more plentiful than real, hardcore Blockchain engineers (torquem scriptores).

At least twice a week I get messaged on Linkedin or by email from headhunters desperate to find Blockchain staff for their desperate clients. I have been reduced to simply copy pasting a generic response stating that they might have better luck finding the lost city of El Dorado than finding a Blockchain developer.  At least through me anyway. 

There’s certainly tons of room for training Blockchain developers and it would be good to see some more initiatives in this area. Blockchain events put together by event companies are a dime a dozen now, but it’s mainly Blockchain 101 and there’s little deep knowledge transfer going on. While we wait for curriculums to be created, it might be a good to see some more Blockchain hackathons in the scene – and put together Blockchain companies with APIs and SDKs with developers who are interested in the space backed by companies who are looking for talent or to build developer communities. 

If you are interested in supporting initiatives of this kind, let us know at Blockchain News as we also run hackathons at our Foundation in The Netherlands, called the Hackitarians.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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