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Developers Are Flocking to Blockchain Bootcamps

  • 46,000 people signed up for free bitcoin program on Coursera
  • More advanced classes cost thousands, run for weeks or months

So he took an online course called “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies” from Coursera. It’s one of many workshops and bootcamps popping up to help people in all industries -- especially software developers -- get the hang of the blockchain, the technology underlying bitcoin, and parlay that knowledge into more exciting, and sometimes better-paying jobs.

Within months, Breidi had quit his job and started working full time at Shake, which lets people spend with a bitcoin-based debit card. Recently, the company won funding from Boost VC, and Breidi, co-founder and chief technology officer, moved to San Mateo, California, where his backers provided temporary housing and an office. Though he’s not getting paid yet and is living off savings, Breidi hopes to make money off his equity.

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