Secretive bitcoin startup 21 Inc has announced it will be the lead sponsor for the upcoming Bitcoin Job Fair, taking place in Sunnyvale, California, on 18th February.
With the move, 21 joins a string of frequent industry event sponsors including BitPay, BitGo, ChangeTip and ShapeShift, which will support the annual event, produced by FinTech accelerator Plug and Play Tech Center and digital currency job posting resource Coinality.
Plug and Play director Scott Robinson indicated that he expects this year’s Bitcoin Job Fair to attract a similar audience to last year’s event, which saw participation from approximately 30 startups and 400 attendees.
Robinson suggested that this year’s iteration of the Bitcoin Job Fair, however, will likely reflect recent changes in the space, with more jobs emanating from a smaller group of well-capitalized industry participants.
He told CoinDesk:
“Last year, there was a larger emphasis on engineers and developers, I think this year it has widened. You see a lot more marketing and business development opportunities, because they can afford to pay somebody with those responsibilities.”
After first raising $5m in 2013 as a bitcoin mining firm, 21 Inc reemerged this March, revealing it had raised