Career progression of FAANG engineer vs crypto engineer, a thread 🧵:

You get the call from the Google recruiter.

Omg omg, it's happening.

For the past 6 months you've been heads down studying data structures and algorithms. Number of completed leetcode questions is already > 500.

You've been preparing all your life for this day to happen.

You nail the 4 technical interviews and recruiter comes back with a $160k offer. Fuck yes.

You then read @hosseeb's article on how to negotiate your offer and put those tips to work. The recruiter comes back with a $200k offer.

You fucking did it, man.

Your family and friends congratulate you. Your post on Linkedin receives 1000 likes. Everyone is so ecstatic. All that hard work has finally paid off.

You tell yourself you've made it.

Then the job starts.

This is unlike any other tech company. Everything you use is proprietary tech. You're banging your head trying to figure out how to use new tools that have little documentation for.

After 6 months you're still onboarding.

A year has now passed since you started.

Your week is filled with meetings and reading 40 page design docs that discusses the implications of changing the colour of a button from scarlet to coral.

You reflect on what you've actually learned to build.

How to render a coral button and write a dozen tests for it, but that's about it.

Contrast that to your buddy who decided to get into this thing called "crypto".

In 3 months, he went from absolute novice to getting a rudimentary understanding of web3 and solidity.

He decides he's ready to start something. Fuck it, let's fork something and take it there he says.

He deploys his project. It gets some initial hype, but nothing super crazy.

That's ok he says. Everyday he's getting feedback from his users on telegram, which he uses to fine-tune his product.

At the same time, he's also accelerating his learning on web3/solidity.

Another 3 months passes, but those 3 months are huge. His gains in learning has literally 10x'd in that time and he's gathered enough knowledge to take his product to the next level.

v2.0 is ready to ship.

It's a massive success. The token price moons. Users revel how awesome it is to use. You shoot the shit with your community by posting pepe stickers in telegram. Life is good.

What a crazy ride it's been. You reflect on what you've done in a matter of months:

>> Learned 10x more than at FAANG
>> Impacted 10x more than at FAANG
>> Earned 10x more than at FAANG
>> Had 10x more fun than at FAANG

If you're curious, this my story. I started at Google earlier this year thinking that "I made it".

Two months in, the boredom propelled me to build @traderjoe_xyz and I've never looked back.

So if you're at FAANG, what are you waiting for?

P.S. Shameless plug that if you're looking to start building, then look no further than @avalancheavax.

We have a great developer community here and we're only just getting started!

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