Coinbase Voices: Why I decided on a career in crypto

Coinbase
Voices
is
a
collection
of
employee
stories
that
highlight
the
expertise
of
our
Coinbase
team
and
share
their
journeys
to
crypto.
In
this
post,
Carolina
Verdelho,
Senior
Recruiting
Manager,
discusses
her
experience
as
an
international
recruiter
and
how
she’s
using
it
to
help
shape
the
future
of
Coinbase.


Tell
us
about
your
journey
to
becoming
a
Sr.
Recruiting
Manager.
What
does
your
job
entail?

I’ve
been
in
Recruiting
for
more
than
15
years
now,
and
have
always
worked
with
tech
companies.
I
started
my
career
in
Brazil,
working
in
traditional
tech
like
Dell
and
Oracle,
hiring
people
across
all
of
Latin
America
in
technical,
sales
and
business
positions.

My
first
language
is
Portuguese,
but
because
I
had
exposure
to
other
countries
from
the
start,
I
also
learned
to
speak
Spanish
and
English.
I
didn’t
expect
to
get
into
Recruiting
at
first

in
fact,
it
was
my
last
choice
of
careers.
Now,
don’t
even
think
about
taking
me
away
from
it!
It’s
what
I
love.


What
made
you
want
to
work
at
Coinbase?

I
had
worked
for
almost
nine
years
at
Facebook
when
I
decided
I
needed
something
new.
One
day,
I
was
talking
with
a
friend
and
shared
that
I
wanted
to
do
something
different,
but
didn’t
know
what
that
was.
He
pointed
out
that
when
I
joined
Dell,
the
company
was
going
to
Retail,
and
when
I
joined
Oracle,
it
was
launching
software
as
a
service.
When
I
joined
Facebook,
no
one
knew
what
social
media
would
turn
out
to
be.
I
joined
at
a
pivotal
time
in
those
companies’
journeys.
He
said,
“I
think
you
should
do
that
again.”
He
works
for
a
blockchain
company
and
suggested
that
I
try
the
crypto
environment.
I
wasn’t
sure,
but
I
started
doing
some
homework
and
changed
my
status
to

Open

on
LinkedIn.
To
my
surprise,
someone
from
Coinbase
reached
out
to
me,
along
with
five
other
crypto
companies.
I
thought,
maybe
my
friend
is
right

maybe
it
is
for
me.
From
there,
I
started
talking
to
people
at
Coinbase
and
learning
more
about
what
the
company
had
to
offer.

Candidates
often
ask
me
during
interviews:
Why
did
you
decide
to
leave
Facebook
and
join
Coinbase?
I
find
myself
giving
the
same
answer
that
I
gave
when
I
joined
Facebook
nine
years
ago.
At
that
time,
it
was
a
company
of
4,000
global
employees.
I
remember
the
VP
of
Engineering
asked
me
why
I
wanted
to
join,
and
what
I
thought
the
company
would
be
in
five
years.
I
told
her,
“I
don’t
know
what
this
company
is
going
to
be
in
the
next
five
years

and
that’s
exactly
why
I
want
to
join.
I
want
to
help
build
it.”
It’s
the
same
for
Coinbase

I
don’t
know
where
we’ll
be
in
five
years,
but
I
want
to
help
us
get
there.


What
project
are
you
working
on
over
the
next
60
days?

My
role
has
changed
quite
a
bit
since
I
joined
Coinbase
in
May
of
this
year.
I
wear
three
different
hats:
I
manage
a
Recruiting
team
hiring
engineering
managers
in
the
United
States;
I’m
helping
to
stand
up
recruiting
efforts
in
Latin
America,
including
Brazil
and
others;
and,
I’m
doing
the
same
for
EMEA,
in
the
UK,
Ireland,
Israel
and
more.

Internationally,
we
are
starting
everything
from
scratch

hiring
recruiters,
finding
agencies
who
will
help
us,
and
establishing
a
system
for
how
to
hire
in
each
country.
We’re
in
hyper-growth
mode,
and
it’s
an
exciting
time
to
be
here

especially
on
the
Recruiting
team.


What’s
it
like
working
for
a
remote-first
company?
What
advice
would
you
give
to
someone
considering
it?

I
was
at
Facebook
when
the
pandemic
hit
and
everyone
went
remote,
and
was
later
offered
the
opportunity
to
work
from
home
full-time.
When
I
was
looking
to
join
another
company,
that
was
one
of
the
mandatory
requirements
for
me.

Remote
work
allows
me
to
balance
managing
a
family

a
husband,
kids
and
a
dog

while
also
working
and
being
as
available
as
I
can
be.
It
doesn’t
make
sense
for
me
to
commute
30–40
minutes
in
the
car
when
I
could
be
doing
something
productive,
like
supporting
my
team
or
finding
a
solution
to
a
problem.
Working
remotely
is
the
best
use
of
my
time.

I
also
love
that
we
have
a
lot
of
tools
that
help
us
interact
with
each
other.
We
use
Slack
and
Google
Meet
to
connect,
so
I
don’t
miss
out
on
meeting
people.
I
think
I
know
people
better
now
in
this
virtual
environment
than
I
did
face-to-face.
I
get
to
know
more
about
them
and
really
talk
to
them
instead
of
just
seeing
each
other
in
passing.

The
one
piece
of
advice
I
would
give
to
people
is
to
set
boundaries.
I
make
sure
I
have
a
dedicated
workspace
where
I
can
be
100%
focused
on
what
I’m
doing.
When
I’m
there,
my
brain
recognizes
that
I’m
working.
Then,
when
I’m
done
and
it’s
time
to
be
with
my
family,
I
can
close
the
door
and
detach
from
work.

Finally,
just
because
I
can
be
at
the
computer
at
any
time
doesn’t
mean
I’m
available
at
any
time.
If
you
don’t
set
boundaries
upfront,
things
will
be
difficult.
Use
your
‘me’
time
to
be
with
your
family,
take
care
of
yourself,
exercise,
read
a
book,
go
for
a
walk

get
fresh
air.
It’s
important
to
set
aside
time
in
your
day
to
recharge,
then
hit
the
ground
running
when
it’s
time
to
work.


What’s
it
like
onboarding
remotely?

I
really
had
a
hard
time
the
first
two
days
at
Coinbase

it
was
difficult
for
me
to
understand
what
was
going
on.
I
told
my
husband,
“What
have
I
done?”
He
reminded
me
that
I
was
at
a
company
for
nine
years
and
things
would
be
different
now.
In
the
days
following,
people
were
very
open
to
supporting
me,
explaining
things,
and
helping
me
understand
why
we
do
things
the
way
we
do
here.

I
think
onboarding
remotely
is
a
bit
of
a
challenge
because
you’re
essentially
opening
a
different
computer
in
the
same
place
you
were
working
the
day
before,
for
a
different
company.
After
a
few
days,
I
started
to
catch
on

I
think
giving
time
to
acclimate
to
the
culture
and
providing
access
to
resources
makes
a
huge
difference.
I
had
an
amazing
buddy
who
helped
me
onboard
and
was
always
available
and
checking
on
me.
That
was
a
total
game-changer.


What
do
you
value
most
about
Coinbase’s
culture?
What
do
you
think
sets
it
apart?

I
took
a
leadership
course
a
few
years
back,
where
the
teacher
said
that
we
should
hire
people
not
only
by
their
skills
or
experience,
but
by
their
values,
and
that
the
values
of
the
person
should
match
the
values
of
the
company.
Before
I
interviewed
with
Coinbase,
I
read
the
values
and
asked
myself
if
I
could
work
and
operate
following
them.
The
answer
is
a
huge
yes.

There’s
a
cultural
value
here
that’s
very
important
to
me:

Act
Like
an
Owner
.
It
might
be
because
I’m
driving
a
lot
of
things
for
international
expansion,
but
I
strongly
believe
that
I
shouldn’t
expect
or
wait
around
for
others
to
take
care
of
something
for
me.
I
should
own
it
and
ensure
its
successful
completion.

I
think
what
sets
Coinbase
apart
for
me
is
the
winning
combination
of
a
solid
business
foundation,
a
very
strong
leadership
team,
and
the
excitement
of
hyper-growth.
You
don’t
find
this
often.
Being
able
to
join
this
company
and
put
your
fingerprint
on
this
growth
and
say,
“Hey,
I
was
the
one
who
did
this,
who
moved
this
needle
or
helped
jumpstart
that
initiative,”
that’s
such
a
rare
and
exciting
opportunity.
Coinbase
also
gives
people
the
responsibility
and
accountability
to
push
the
company
forward

everyone
feels
like
they’re
a
part
of
something
bigger
than
themselves,
and
that’s
something
that
I
love.


Tell
us
something
about
you
that
we
wouldn’t
know
from
your
LinkedIn
profile.

Something
not
many
people
know
is
that
my
first
job
was
working
at
the
video
rental
store,
Blockbuster.
I
was
watching
a
documentary
about
the
company
a
few
weeks
ago
and
thinking
back
on
all
that
I
learned
in
that
experience:
How
to
listen
to
people,
how
to
approach
people
that
I
don’t
know,
how
to
offer
my
help
and
manage
expectations.
I
learned
a
lot
from
that
experience,
and
I’m
very
thankful.

I
can
also
say
that
I
learned
a
lot
from
my
recruiting
experience
there.
I
walked
away
thinking,
how
can
I
do
better
for
people?
How
can
I
be
respectful
of
their
time
and
feelings?
Maybe
being
a
part
of
that
process
helped
shape
the
Recruiting
professional
I
am
today.

Check out the original article here.
Author: Coinbase