Crypto continues to attract top talent from across the traditional tech world.
Chad DePue, a former senior director of engineering at Snapchat parent company Snap Inc., announced on Wednesday that he is joining Uniswap Labs as a vice president of engineering.
DePue has been working in tech since at least 1997, including with companies such as Microsoft (MSFT) and the Whisper App. He is also a general partner at Uncommon Projects, a venture capital firm.
In a blog post, DePue cited “the endless opportunity that lies before us” in Web 3 as a motivating factor in joining the team.
“I’ve spent years building developer tools with innovators and creators and enjoy the challenge of bringing products from zero to one. Uniswap may be a household name for crypto-natives, but the broader culture is just getting to know us,” he wrote.
The hiring comes at a time when Uniswap is beginning to expand to chains and environments beyond Ethereum. Unlike SushiSwap, which has deployed to 15 different chains and layer 2 companion systems, Uniswap has only deployed to Optimism, Arbitrum and, as of December 2021, Polygon.
Uniswap is the largest decentralized exchange by volume with a 35% cross-chain market share, according to CoinGecko data, though it trails Curve Finance in terms of total value locked ($7.5 billion vs. Curve’s $17.7 billion).
Uniswap Labs, the development entity behind Uniswap, is among the many crypto and Web 3 companies aggressively hiring. The team’s hiring page currently has openings for 17 positions, and has 53 employees listed on LinkedIn. In October, the team brought on Hari Sevugan – who had worked on the presidential campaigns of then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama and current Secretary of Transportation Peter Buttigeig – to lead their communications efforts.
Indeed, the crypto hiring market is perhaps more competitive than ever.
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