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Want a Job in Crypto? Here Are 7 African Crypto Startups That Are Hiring

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The blockchain industry is booming and this is also reflected in the job market. As a result, more and more individuals are looking towards a career in crypto. To help our readers who are interesting in a job in crypto, we have compiled a list of African crypto startups that are currently hiring in a range of cities across the continent.

Belfrics

BelfricsBelfrics is a cryptocurrency exchange and blockchain enterprise solutions provider. The company has operations in over ten countries spread across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

The fintech company offers you the opportunity to work with a team of blockchain experts and garner hands-on knowledge and experience in the blockchain space.

Jobs include:

Business Development-Blockchain Enterprise Sales

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Status: Full-time

Description: Role entails generating sales leads and networking to grow the belfrics platform

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SEO Specialist

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Status: Full-time

Description: The position will require you to be responsible for managing the SEO function of the business and working together with the marketing team.

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BitPesa

BitPesaBitPesa is a B2B payments platform that uses bitcoin and blockchain technology to significantly reduce the cost of cross-border remittances and settlements in Sub Saharan Africa. The startup was founded in 2013 and boasts operations in a number of African markets including Kenya, Uganda, DRC, Senegal, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana.

BitPesa has a diverse team of over 60 employees spread across Luxembourg, London, Madrid, Nairobi, Lagos, and includes former employees of Credit Suisse, PwC, Deloitte Consulting and more.

Jobs include:

Marketing Manager

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Status: Full-time

Description: Perfect for candidates who have a strong understanding of B2B marketing and an interest in frontier markets.

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Sales Consultant

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Status: Full-time

Description: A role for someone who enjoys networking with executives and studying sales metrics, and is comfortable working in an expanding startup.

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Market Expansion Manager

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Status: Full-time

Description: The goal of this role is to grow, maintain and optimise infrastructure with BitPesa partners and stakeholders in order to achieve key metrics including revenue growth, market ROI, and more.

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Golix

GolixGolix is a Harare-based cryptocurrency exchange that aims to give every African financial autonomy. Golix offers a variety of digital assets on its platform and has operations in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Cameroon.

The company provides flexible working hours, stock options, medical aid and many more benefits for its employees.

Jobs include:

Customer Support Executives

Locations include Nairobi, Kampala, Harare, Johannesburg, Lagos, Yaounde, and Kigali.

Status: Full-time (7 posts)

Description: Suitable role for an effective communicator, whether in person or sending updates via social media.

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Compliance Officers

Locations include Nairobi, Kampala, Harare, Johannesburg, Lagos, Yaounde, and Kigali.

Status: Full-time (8 posts)

Description: The roles requires lawyers who will assist staff members and clients to comply with the platform terms and policies as well as engage with regulators.

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Accountants

Locations: Johannesburg and Harare.

Status: Full-Time

Description: The accountants will be responsible for bookkeeping and report the financial position of the platform to the rest of the team and management.

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Designers

Locations: Harare and Johannesburg.

Status: Full-time (2 posts)

Description: The role requires designers to collaborate with product managers and engineers to enable the seamless use of digital currencies on the exchange.

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Product Managers

Locations: Johannesburg and Harare.

Status: Full-time (2 posts)

Description: The role is to prioritise the Golix product roadmap and communicate it to the team.

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Software Engineers

Locations: Harare and Johannesburg.

Status: Full-time (2 posts)

Description: The role involves building the exchange infrastructure.

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Internships/Attachees

Location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Status: Full-time (2 posts)

Description: Accountant and Software Engineer

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Luno

LunoLuno is a London-based digital currency exchange and crypto wallet provider. Luno was launched in 2013 and boats over two million customers globally. The company operates in 40 countries including South Africa and Nigeria.

Luno is growing and searching for talented Africans to join the team. The jobs are spread out across two offices, which include:

Cape Town

Description: The company is hiring around 30 people for its Cape Town office and include positions in product and engineering, marketing and business development, operations, and people and finance and legal.

Status: Full-time (30 posts)

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Johannesburg

Description: The company is looking to hire five people for its Johannesburg office for positions in product and engineering, marketing and business development, operations, and people and finance and legal.

Status: Full-time (5 posts)

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Linum Labs

Linum LabsLinum Labs is a blockchain architecture development company that focuses on blockchain development, training, consulting and community building.

Linum Labs is based in Cape Town, South Africa and aims to be spearhead Web3 thought leadership and production in Europe and Africa.

Marketing Director/CMO

Location: Switzerland, Berlin, Cape Town

Status: Remote

Description: Remote working position and only candidates who are located within a timezone difference of 1-2 hours of CET will be considered.

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Molecule

MoleculeMolecule is an open-source decentralised platform that allows new economic incentive models for distributed research and development. The platform leverages blockchain technology to design a fair and transparent market-based platform for research and funding of pharmaceutical intellectual property.

The platform is backed by Linum Labs, which operates in Europe and Africa.

Jobs include:

Full Stack Javascript Developer

Location:  Switzerland, Berlin, Cape Town

Status: Full-time

Description: Perfect role for a developer who can communicate effectively and is able to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in the blockchain space.

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UI/UX Engineer

Location: Switzerland, Berlin, Cape Town

Status: Full-time

Description: The UI/UX Engineer will join the design and development team in creating iterative prototypes through front-end applications.

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PayFast

PayFastPayFast is a South Africa-based payment processing service. The company facilitates online payments for thousands of different platforms and businesses and is looking to expand into other countries and currencies.

PayFast was one of the first payment processors to offer bitcoin as a payment option in South Africa.

Customer Service Representative

Location: ClaremontCape TownSouth Africa

Status: Full-time

Description: The role is primarily a customer service one but will include extra responsibilities relating to the platform such as account verifications, etc.

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If you are interested in a career in crypto but none of the positions in this list suit you, have a look at our complete list of online blockchain jobs platform where you may be able to find a remote job with an international blockchain startup. 

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Can Cryptocurrency Disrupt the Online Gaming Industry?

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Cryptocurrencies have had a marked impact in various industries over the past few years, generating hype and controversy in equal measure.

When it comes to online gaming, there is ample opportunity for bitcoin and its contemporaries to cause disruption. But what shape will this shakeup take and how will this differ depending on the segment of the market that is affected?

Online Casino Sites

Bitcoin Gambling ICOsThe rise of digital gambling services has been fuelled in the recent past by the relaxing of regulations surrounding web-based wagering, as well as the streamlining of the transactions required to deposit and withdraw cash from casino sites.

In spite of ongoing efforts to address claims that some countries are too liberal in terms of online gambling regulation, continued growth is anticipated and the industry could generate $100 billion annually within the next half-decade.

Unfortunately, most mainstream casino sites do not offer direct deposits and withdrawals using cryptocurrency. If you want to snap up bonus deals at Casumo or any other popular site, you will most likely have to rely on a credit or debit card transaction.

Indirect use of cryptocurrency can be achieved in this context through certain payment platforms. Skrill, for example, offers a crypto-oriented aspect of its service that can then allow for conversion into a classic fiat currency.

The reason that online casino sites are anxious about embracing cryptocurrency is that it is still subject to a significant degree of volatility, with signs that this state of affairs will persist indefinitely. This is something that players are also considering from a practical perspective, with the investment opportunities presented by cryptos being seen as enough of a gamble in their own right, without bringing the likelihood of losing money at a casino into the equation.

Esports

esportsOnline gaming used to be casually competitive, but it did not take long for professional players to emerge and tournaments focused on showcasing their skills to be developed.

Prize money for major events based on titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Starcraft can spiral into the tens of millions of dollars, while huge audiences from around the world tune in to see their favourite players and teams do battle.

The influence of cryptocurrency in this area of the market is similarly nascent and in the process of evolving, rather than being a truly disruptive force that is impossible to ignore. What is more relevant to esports is the way that blockchain technology is leaving its mark at the moment.

Blockchain provides the backbone of cryptos and ensures that security is optimal. This is being adopted by certain emerging online gaming service providers in order to reduce the chances of cheating and prevent unwanted outside intervention in both high profile esports events and everyday face-offs between amateurs in their own homes.

As with online casinos, gambling is also being factored into the esports scene at the moment, with both cryptocurrency and blockchain technology facilitating the emergence of new solutions to make this a possibility.

Being able to place a wager on the outcome of a digital competition in the game of your choice is not a new concept. What is gaining traction at the moment is the ability to bet on how well you will perform in a match that you actively participate in.

Platforms which let players host their own mini-tournaments, gamble on the result and make money while they play the games they love can use crypto services to make this happen. This is a dramatic shift from the traditional approach to online gaming and will continue to cause changes as the industry matures.

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3 Reasons Why Africa Is Set For A Cryptocurrency Explosion

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Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency have irrevocably changed the way we think about money from a fundamental standpoint. Where most forms of hard currency are subject to government oversight and regulations, cryptocurrencies are typically free from such restrictions. Hence, it is easy to see why bitcoin was a favorite amongst dark web users and criminals. Controversy aside, cryptocurrencies are considered the way of the future and have the potential to bring about a revolution.

With a massive population and its wealth of natural resources, the continent of Africa has been described by Forbes as being the last frontier of investment. Now, in the face of changing times and an increasingly connected world, cryptocurrency is making its way to Africa.

Join us as we take a look at why Africa may be the next big thing for cryptocurrency.

1. The Lack of an Organised Financial System

With its bloody history of colonisation, political instability, and civil wars, Africa’s growth in the banking and finance sector has been lacking. Despite initiatives undertaken by the IMF and World Bank, financial inclusion in Africa remains low.

A lack of political will and resources has made the task of developing a banking infrastructure a daunting one. As a result, this has left a sizable amount of the population with little to no access to financial services.

Fortunately, because cryptocurrencies can be transferred and received by anyone with an Internet connection, the need for middlemen or banks is eliminated. Throw in the fact that Internet connectivity in Africa has been on the rise and we have all the elements required to see an increase in cryptocurrency uptake.

The trend can be witnessed by the number of cryptocurrency exchanges appearing across Africa. From Golix in Zimbabwe to the Naira Exchange in Nigeria, one can expect to see an increase in uptake in the years to come as Africans move beyond banks and their legacy services.

2. The Youth Factor

African tech startupsWith an entrepreneurial community and a high rate of tech-literacy, it should come as no surprise that a rising number of youths in Nigeria have turned to freelancing in lieu of traditional employment. Working with members of the international community, these freelancers offer a variety of services that range from copywriting to programming.

Unfortunately, the notoriety of Nigerian Internet fraudsters has resulted in some complications for burgeoning freelancers. For example, payment companies like Paypal do not allow the transfer of funds into Nigeria in order to discourage Internet fraud. On the other hand, payment companies who do offer such services to Nigerians often do so at an exorbitant cost.

To work around this, freelancers in Nigeria have turned to accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment in lieu of cash transferred online. Among the crypto-literate in Nigeria, bitcoin is seen as being on par with the US dollar.

3. Cryptocurrency As a Stable Form of Currency

The African continent is no stranger to civil wars and unstable governments. From Venezuela to Zimbabwe, we’ve seen how hyperinflation can decimate the value of a nation’s currency.

Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto has often cited that bitcoin was intended to be immune to economic turmoil due to its decentralised nature. Suffering from crippling hyperinflation, citizens of Zimbabwe have turned to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies despite being banned by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

Kenyan Shilling

Tech-savvy Zimbabweans have often cited that utilising bitcoin as a medium of exchange allows them to hedge the value of their cash against hyperinflation. In a nation where financial services are sketchy at best and foreign investment is minimal, bitcoin provides Zimbabweans with a measure of much-needed stability.

Further proof of this can be seen by how Venezuelans have turned to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in lieu of the now defacto useless Bolivar. Being free from bank and government intervention, cryptocurrencies allow citizens to freely transfer funds into or out of the country with minimal fuss.

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to democratise financial services due to their independence. With adoption rates of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency set to explode in Africa, you just need to hold your horses and wait for the value growth.

This guest post was contributed by cryptocurrency writer Benjamin Lee. 

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eatBCH – Bitcoin Cash Community Has Raised Over $10,000 to Feed Vulnerable South Sudanese

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eatBCH is a charitable cause launched with the aim to help feed individuals who live in Venezuela’s struggling economy through donations in Bitcoin Cash (BCH). After initially launching in Venezuela, eatBCH was also launched in South Sudan to bring the “peer-to-peer electronic cash-to-food system” to the central African nation.

To find out more about the eatBCH initiative in South Sudan, BitcoinAfrica.io spoke to one of the organisation’s volunteers, Garang Deng.

eatBCH in South Sudan

EatBCH South SudanIn a conversation over Telegram, Garang Deng told BitcoinAfrica.io that the eatBCH South Sudan team, which works on a volunteer basis, was inspired by the initiative’s impact in Venezuela after which a team member got in touch with eatBCH Venezuela to find out more how the charitable cause was run in the South American country.

After several of today’s team members attended the Africa Blockchain Conference in Kampala in May 2018, the group decided to launch an eatBCH initiative in South Sudan.

“We launched it there and got our first donation, and we bought some food items on our way back home,” Deng explained.

Since there are no businesses or vendors that accept bitcoin cash and no local cryptocurrency exchanges in South Sudan, the eatBCH team uses Ugandan exchange Coinpesa to convert the BCH to mobile money, which it then uses to make its food purchases.

“We started the charity part-time on weekends in the capital, Juba, in our neighbourhood and then expanded to some of the most affected areas by the conflict, such as the town of Yei or Bor. There, we were able to feed over 500 internally displaced people, mostly elderly and children. We were able to do that through our colleagues whom we trained after coming back from the blockchain conference,” Deng elaborated.

Since May 2018, the eatBCH South Sudan initiative has managed to raise over $10,000 said Deng.

More to Come

Future plans of eatBCH in South Sudan are “to teach people to use this money to improve their lives not only for feeding but to trade with it. Also, we are planning to send these kids who work on the streets to school if we are able to get the support we need.”

Anyone that is interested in contributing to the charitable cause on a voluntary basis is welcome to do so. Currently, the broader team includes students from high schools and colleges who help to distribute the food to children and the elderly.

Moreover, anyone wishing to contribute financially to the cause can donate to eatBCH’s Bitcoin Cash (BCH) wallet found on the initiative’s Twitter and website.

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