Ghana national Daniel Karikari worked as a part-time office assistant at a crypto startup, cleaning the office and serving coffee to its managers. While performing his tasks, he encountered the words “blockchain” and “cryptocurrency” on the office wall, sparking an interest that eventually led to a new career.
In an interview with Cointelegraph, Karikari shared his humble beginnings. According to him, while working as an office assistant, he started to research crypto because he was curious about the stickers. He explained:
“When I saw that, I began to research to know what those words mean. From there, I started browsing about it on the internet, and I got to know crypto.”
He borrowed a laptop from the company and read about crypto whenever he was on break. When there was something that he didn’t understand, Karikari asked the company’s employees and got the answers.
Time passed, and once he was more confident about his knowledge, Karikari talked to a manager at the company and asked for a chance to join its marketing department. He said:
“I told the company that I know a little bit about blockchain and crypto, so if they can offer me the chance for me to join the company, I would like to work with them. That’s how it started for me.”
Impressed by his determination, the company gave Karikari a shot and let him go through the company’s training protocol for newcomers. Eventually, he was able to join as a junior specialist in its marketing department. Karikari explained that he was very grateful for the opportunity he received. He noted:
“Crypto itself is a welcoming technology to everyone. That’s why I think the people involved also have good hearts too.”
Karikari told Cointelegraph that years later, he has received more opportunities in various crypto projects. He currently works in the marketing department of a prominent crypto exchange based in Dubai.
Meanwhile, not everyone has a positive experience with startups. In March, an employee shared his experience on Reddit of quitting his job at a crypto startup due to many red flags, like overpromising to its clients and not delivering on its promises.