Reserve Senior Macroeconomist in Oakland, California
Summary: We are looking for a theoretically skilled, experienced, and charismatic macroeconomist who will take point on determining whether and how a decentralized currency could replace existing monetary and banking institutions.
What we’re doing
Everyone’s money should be secure. Unfortunately, due to broken financial and monetary institutions around the world, billions of people don't have access to basic financial services like a trustworthy savings account. We’re trying to change that.
Reserve is a blockchain-based, decentralized currency that is always worth $1, is cheap to send, and provides its users access to basic financial services. While Reserve is valuable to traders and app developers inside the crypto ecosystem, we’re most excited about it replacing inflationary currencies and dysfunctional banks. And with the currencies in Venezuela, Iran, Argentina, Turkey, and elsewhere approaching hyperinflation, now seems like the right moment for people to choose something new.
Decentralized currencies have the opportunity to change global financial and monetary institutions for the better. If you’re excited by this idea, we would love to hear from you.
If you'd like to learn more about what we're working on, check out this recent interview of our CEO Nevin Freeman on the podcast Hidden Forces: https://www.hiddenforces.io/podcast/show/hard-prob....
As lead macroeconomist, you will lead our efforts in determining whether a decentralized currency should replace inflationary currencies and bad banks, how exactly this could happen, where we should try this first, and what are strategy is for achieving this. This will be building upon work we've already done on this topic and will be in collaboration with others working on similar questions.
This role is roughly half economics research and half business development. On the economics side, you will be theorizing about the general structure of major monetary and financial institutions, their relations, and how decentralized, stable money could fit into the overall picture. On the business development side, you will be networking with central bankers and economists, building relationships with potential partners, and most likely traveling on and off the beaten path, visiting unusual parts of the world where our currency might be best suited to gain a foothold. This will happen in collaboration with the rest of our BD team who are exploring similar questions, though you will have significant autonomy. Over time, depending upon the results of your efforts, you will build a team of researchers and networkers to further our efforts.
You are excited by the potential of a decentralized, alternative form of money to improve the global financial system. You’ve been thinking about how to improve the institution of money for years and are ready to turn theory into practice.
You have broad expertise in macroeconomics, both practical and theoretical, ideally with particular expertise in monetary economics, the theory of money, central banking and economic history.
You are driven to understand how things really work behind the scenes and aren’t deceived by the appearance of things.
You are charismatic, good at networking and building relationships, and are undaunted by the challenge of collaborating with top government and bank officials. Ideally, you already have a network that we can tap into when you come aboard.
You are excited about frequent and occasionally exotic travel.
Note that we are flexible on #4 and #5 for exceptionally theoretically skilled candidates.
Competitive compensation with the ability to customize cash versus equity.
A beautiful office with views in Oakland, California. Excellent restaurants and coffee shops right down the street.
Health insurance coverage.
Free gym membership.
Well stocked kitchen, including catered meals, drinks and snacks.
A final note: We're much more likely to reach out if you can explain in your cover letter:
Why do you want to help build a stable, decentralized currency?
How do you currently think a decentralized currency should fit into the global monetary / financial system?