Securing Office Space And Growing The Team

Kung hei fat choy! It’s the Lunar New Year here in Hong Kong so the city’s usual lightning pace has slowed to a crawl, but that hasn’t stopped the CoinFi team from having a busy week! Here’s some of what we’ve been up to since our last update:

Securing New Office Space

As our team grows, so does our need for bigger workspace. So of course, Tim, Han, and I were out hunting for a new space that reflects our growing needs. We’re building a culture that values performance and substance over form and style, so we needed a space that reflected this. While a workspace should be a place we can gain inspiration, at the end of the day an office is just one place where work happens. We’ve worked in offices, we’ve worked from home, we’ve worked in coffee shops, we’ve worked in coworking spaces. We’ve worked at the beach and we’ve worked in cubicles, and what we’ve learned is that at the end of the day - it’s the people that really matter, not the space. These days it feels like the ICO world is all about lambos and rocket ships, but our team still prides itself on being capital efficient. We believe a great space should foster collaboration and spark creativity, but it doesn’t need to be too flashy. After narrowing down our list of potential offices down to 2, on Friday we put an offer in for an office space in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district. We expect to sign the lease after the New Year weekend is over.

Hiring Update

Filling key roles within our team was one of the biggest priorities of the week. Here is where we stand with some of these roles, as well as some announcements for new job openings:

Head of Data Science

In our quest to bring a more data driven approach to crypto research & analysis, we’re excited to announce that we have a shortlist of extremely qualified candidates to lead the data science department at CoinFi. The head of data science will be charged with staffing the data science department. They’ll work with our engineering team to develop the data warehouse, uncover data insights that will influence product development, build a suite of data driven products, and they will take the many hypothesis and assumptions held by the crypto community and put them to the test against the data. These findings will be shared with the CoinFi community through case studies and data visualizations to help all of us become better crypto investors.

Senior Trader

While our cofounder and CEO Timothy Tam is an experienced trader in both equities and crypto, being the head of a fledging startup means his plate is pretty full these days. He certainly will have less time to spend creating content and trading his own crypto portfolio. We needed someone with Tim’s skill set who can work with our product and editorial teams on a day to day basis. Through Tim’s personal network, we’re in talks with a shortlist of qualified candidates in Hong Kong to fill our senior trader role. This role is important to the company - we believe having an extremely strong background in both finance and crypto is one of our team’s core competencies and we want to continue to expand our capacity here. The senior trader will offer their trading insights to guide both our in-house editorial team and product development team. Having everyone filter their work through the lens of a senior trader ensures that we maintain a high quality standard and stay true to our mission of bringing Wall Street caliber trading intelligence to the blockchain.

New Job Postings

While we’re filling several senior roles through our own networks, we also have roles where we’re actively looking for qualified candidates. If you are in Hong Kong (or are willing to relocate) and you're interested in a role at CoinFi, take a look at the postings below. We also have several other roles we’re working to fill that we’ll be announcing over the next 1-2 weeks, be sure to bookmark our new careers page if you're interested.

Continued Product Development

And of course, no weekly update is complete without discussing product development. This week was relatively uneventful with the founders focused on recruiting high level team members who will play a crucial role in shaping the company’s future. However, progress continued on all product development fronts. In particular, Han and the engineering team are hard at work pushing out a backend system to accept and process crowdsourced research and analysis. As mentioned in last week’s update, the goal is to start accepting contributor submissions by the end of the month, and it looks like we’re still on track to hit that timeline. As always, thanks for all of your support, especially to those of you who believe in the long term success of the CoinFi project. None of us at CoinFi take your support for granted and we work hard everyday to ensure we deliver what you expect of us!

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Here’s What We’ve Been Up To Since The KuCoin Launch

The last 6 months has been a non-stop sprint for the CoinFi team. We’ve gone from a team of 3 cofounders to a team of 12 and growing. Going through an ICO gave us the opportunity to share the vision for CoinFi with the world and build a passionate community of early adopters who are excited to see CoinFi grow. However, the ICO process also demanded the full-time attention of the entire CoinFi team, leaving us with less time for product development. With token issuance complete, we finally have time again to focus on our core mission of bringing Wall Street caliber trading intelligence to the blockchain. We’ve been hard at work pushing towards our first big milestone, the April 6 open beta launch. Here’s an update on some of what we’ve been up to in the past couple weeks.

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How To Pickup COFI Tokens On Kucoin

You can read the steps below to learn more about how to use the Kucoin platform to acquire COFI tokens: Users can start depositing COFI to KuCoin January 29th, 2018 at 18:00 (UTC +8), and trading COFI on KuCoin January 29th, 2018 at 22:00 (UTC +8).

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Update On CoinFi Tokensale, Airdrop, And Exchange Listing

Here at CoinFi we've been pedal to the metal for the past few weeks, and we've finally reached a point where we can come up for air and give you all a more in-depth update. In this post, we're going to talk about a few things, one of which is incredibly exciting:
  • We'll give a recap of the tokensale and an update on token metrics (supply etc).
  • We'll talk more about the upcoming airdrop for those who passed KYC but missed out on the tokensale.
  • We'll save the best for last, and talk about our upcoming Kucoin listing!

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In 48 hours, The CoinFi Whitelist Becomes A Waitlist

This is an announcement that the CoinFi whitelist will be closing in 48 hours. Yes, you read that correctly. After 48 hours if you have not completed your KYC application, you will not be able to participate in the CoinFi token sale. Because of the overwhelming demand, we are also reducing the individual cap for the token sale from 25 ETH to 15 ETH. This will help spread our token distribution wider throughout our growing community and create a more equitable process for everyone.

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Community Manager Needed for CoinFi Project

We are looking for a hard working, enthusiastic community manager in either U.S. or European time-zone to help us manage our growing community. This job is full-time and will require the chosen candidate to be very active within our online communities - Telegram, Reddit, Twitter etc. Our team is based in Hong Kong but the job can be completely remote.  Some knowledge of cryptocurrency and cryptocurrency investing would definitely be advantageous but is not required. Experience with community management would definitely be preferred. Please outline in your application exactly why you would be a good choice for this position. Payment for the role will be $3000 USD/month. Applications should be emailed to [email protected] Please use the subject line 'CoinFi Community Manager Role' or your application will be filtered. I look forward to your applications. Thanks, Glen (CoinFi Operations Director)

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CoinFi Press Features Around the Web

With all the hype around Cryptocurrency recently and CoinFi’s Pre-sale launch date approaching soon (January 15th 2018) we wanted to capture some of CoinFi’s feature pieces from around the web.
1. Huffington Post mentioned CoinFi in one of the ‘4 Must Have Cryptocurrency Tools For 2018“CoinFi — With the monstrous growth of the cryptocurrency world and ICOs blooming every day, how will one navigate this constantly changing world? How do we accomplish the tedious and massively time consuming research needed to properly make well thought out decisions? Enter, CoinFi.” 4 Must Have Cryptocurrency Tools For 2018

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How To Create Your Ethereum Address

To participate in the CoinFi token sale you'll need to give us your Ethereum address. This will be the address you send Ethereum to us through and receive your CoinFi tokens with. We track your contribution amount by linking this Ethereum address with your account on CoinFi - this process is called whitelisting. That sounds simple enough, but there are a few things we need to specify first:
  • Only a whitelisted Ethereum address can participate in the token sale.
  • You can't contribute by sending Ethereum directly from an exchange such as Coinbase, Kraken, or anywhere else. You'll need to create your own Ethereum wallet and use that address to send in your contribution.
In this article, we'll show you exactly how to create your own wallet, how to send your Ethereum from somewhere like Coinbase to your wallet, and how to send your Ethereum to us when the token sale begins.

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