Coinbase’s first employee in 2013 cold-emailed the founders for a job — and was paid in bitcoin for 3 years

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will go public on Wednesday via a direct listing that's expected to value the start-up at more than $90 billion when it starts trading this afternoon under the stock ticker "COIN".But when Coinbase first launched nine years ago, it hired its very first employee after receiving an enthusiastic, but "annoyingly long" cold email.And the company paid him in bitcoin.That email came from Olaf Carlson-Wee, who in 2012 had just graduated from Vassar College with a degree in sociology. He'd written his undergraduate thesis on bitcoin "and the larger implications of open source finance."He was also one of Coinbase's earliest users, he said in a 2016 interview with the Y Combinator blog, and he wanted to work there."I literally cold emailed jobs@coinbase and said, 'I love bitcoin. Here's my thesis. I'll do any job,'" Carlson-Wee told Y Combinator.After becoming employee No. 1 with a job in customer support…

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