Gallery: ConsenSys Plots Ethereum’s Future from Hipster Haven

The headquarters of Brooklyn-based ConsenSys, don't look like your typical financial sector offices. Check out this rare behind-the-scenes tour.

AccessTimeIconMar 31, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 12:12 p.m. UTC
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ConsenSys announced yesterday it had collaborated with Microsoft to implement its tools for building Ethereum-based decentralized applications (dapps) directly into the software giant's Visual Studio programming platform, a service that boasts more than 3 million registered users.

During a tour of ConsenSys' Brooklyn, New York-based headquarters earlier this month CoinDesk was given a behind-the-scenes look at where the company's 30 New York City employees are helping mount a global push into both the financial and digital sectors with their distributed ledger technology.

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ConsenSys HQ Photo credit: Michael del Castillo

Outside, the ConsenSys headquarters don't look like your typical finance industry offices, with more hipsters than bankers passing by at a given moment. The walls are covered in graffiti – even if, in typical Brooklyn fashion, some of the work is commissioned.

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ConsenSys co-founder Joe Lubin is also the co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain upon which his new company is built. Previously, Lubin was vice-president of technology at Goldman Sachs division of private wealth management.

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Based in a neighborhood known as East Williamsburg, 30 employees work out of ConsenSys' Brooklyn office.

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Founded in mid-2014 ConsenSys is a completely bootstrapped startup – but that hasn't kept it from boasting its own version of the obligatory startup mini-bar.

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In a conversation with CoinDesk, early employee Andrew Keys said the company was generating revenue but isn't yet disclosing the names of its clientele.

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Keys said the company didn't want to be profitable quite yet. Instead, hoping to more-than double the number of employees to 150 people by the end of 2016. Above, the ConsenSys logo is emblazoned on a refrigerator in the small employee kitchen.

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Lubin, who is also the CEO, works in a corner on the floor with the rest of the New York City-based employees.

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Image Credit: Michael del Castillo for CoinDesk


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