According to a shot shared by Schwartz, the application email was directed to Jed McCaleb, co-founder of Ripple.
David Schwartz, Chief Technology Officer at Ripple, recently shared the email exchange between him and Ripple co-founder Jed McCaleb that ultimately landed him his job at Ripple. The conversation shares more insight into the early days of the American technology company.
In a tweet, Schwartz revealed that he had applied for the position of Lead Software Engineer on September 17, 2011, and shared the email he had sent to the company to introduce himself.
This is the first email exchange between Jed and I that led to him hiring me. pic.twitter.com/BjXlvHbdK6
— David "JoelKatz" Schwartz (@JoelKatz) February 24, 2023
In the email, Schwartz mentioned his experience, expertise in cryptocurrencies, and active participation in the Bitcoin community. He also shared links to his public writings and highlighted his C++ development experience.
Schwartz’s email showcases his deep knowledge and interest in cryptocurrencies, which would later become invaluable in his role at Ripple. As CTO, Schwartz has played a crucial role in developing the company’s blockchain technology and digital payment solutions, now used by banks and financial institutions worldwide.
Jed McCaleb responded to David Schwartz’s tweet by acknowledging that he had seen his posts on the forum and that his resume looked perfect for the Lead Software Engineer position. McCaleb also expressed his interest in meeting Schwartz to discuss the job opportunity.
Schwartz’s LinkedIn profile suggests that the developer was appointed Chief Cryptographer in December 2011, three months after the email exchange. Seven years later – in 2018 – Schwartz secured the position of CTO. He is regarded as one of the original architects of the XRP Ledger.
Recall that, McCaleb finally sold off all his 9 billion XRP tokens last July. He had begun selling off holdings after leaving the firm in 2013, but the terms of his distribution prevented him from selling off all the tokens at once to prevent a market impact.