In a recent tweet, Vitalik Buterin posted a screenshot of a mail from Google with a job offer for him. He posted the mail, along with a follow-up tweet which had a poll asking his followers if he should take up Google’s offer.
In his original tweet, Vitalik failed to hide the recruiter’s name, email address or profile photo. It was a short mail, and a part of it was broken in the screenshot he posted. It said, “I hope you are doing well and enjoying the weekend!” and continued “Google make sense for you now or in the near future”.
The poll received more than 2,000 votes, with more than 50% saying he should not take the job. However, a little more than 40% of them felt he should drop Ethereum and work for Google. A few hours later, Buterin decided to delete the tweet, probably because he failed to censor the recruiter’s information.
It is highly unlikely for Vitalik to drop everything he’s achieved with Ethereum and work for Google. Vitalik is seen as the face of Ethereum and him leaving would have an immediate impact on Ethereum’s price. It is likely he posted the screenshot as a joke that Google would try hiring him of all people.
Vitalik Buterin has been hard at work for the past few months with important Ethereum updates like the implementation of Proof-of-stake protocol. He’s also been an advocate for blockchain and cryptocurrencies by making an appearance and giving talks at multiple international events.
Google, on the other hand, entirely banned Cryptocurrency and ICO ads on their search engine in March this year. However, in the same month, it was revealed that Google was working on its own blockchain product: a distributed digital ledger that third parties can use to post and verify transactions. Google may have been interested in hiring Vitalik for this project, or even an unannounced one.
Google is also an investor in multiple blockchain companies like Ripple, LedgerX and Veem.