Google Courting Vitalik Buterin?

Vitalik Buterin

Google apparently reached out to Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin about joining their team, according to a now-deleted tweet by Buterin last May 20th.

Buterin posted a tweet with a screenshot allegedly from a recruiter from Google who asked if Google “ma[d]e sense for you now or in the future.” Buterin also posted a poll to Twitter on whether to take the job or not.

In the original tweet, Buterin had neglected to redact the name, email address and profile photo of the recruiter. His poll had more than 2,000 responses before being removed, with the majority voting “No” towards Buterin leaving and joining Google.

Near the end of March this year, Google had revealed that it was working on two different blockchain projects: a tamper-proof auditing system and a cloud operations platform. Earlier in March, however, Google had announced a blanket ban on crypto-related advertisements.

Several Reddit users weighed in on this as well, with one, user Fuyuki_Wataru saying later that:

“[Buterin is] free to do what he wants […] honestly his talent is too large to be caged in, even when at a company at [sic] Google. If you’ve achieved this much at such a young age, I think life has more plans for you. Perhaps a good 1-2 month vacation might be better.”

Vitalik Buterin is the co-founder of Ethereum and Bitcoin Magazine. He first published the white paper that would become Ethereum in 2013. Ethereum went live in July of 2015 and is currently trading at $695 as of press time

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