Product Lead, Storage & Retrieval – Web3 Protocols

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Protocol Labs


We are looking for a Senior Product Lead to join the PL Engineering and Research team (EngRes), helping to grow and evolve our stack of web3 protocols, including IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, and IPLD

Web3 is the next generation of the internet, with the goal of creating a fairer and more decentralized web
Our mission at PL EngRes is to scale & unlock new opportunities for IPFS, Filecoin + libp2p by onboarding the best developers and contributors in the world, unlocking breakthroughs in protocol utility & capability that drive large-scale adoption, and scaling network-native research & development across the PL Network

One of our core priorities is to understand and improve the core IPFS/Filecoin adoption flywheel
In other words, we want to make strategic investments in improving the core factors that influence organic adoption of IPFS & Filecoin, leading to increased adoption of these technologies overall
PL EngRes is actively hiring a Senior Product Lead for our EngRes team who can fully own and drive the adoption flywheel for the joint IPFS and Filecoin stack
The Senior Product Lead would lead a large and growing team of product managers, engineers, and teams in the broader Protocol Labs ecosystem to build critical components for the adoption flywheel and increase adoption of IPFS/Filecoin overall
The Senior Product Lead should be able to inspire and lead a significant technical team, think creatively about business and ecosystem development, provide guidance and feedback on technical roadmaps, and attract new contributors to the Protocol Labs stack

As a Senior Product Lead for PL Starfleet EngRes, you willโ€ฆ

  • Own the adoption flywheel for the IPFS/Filecoin stack
  • Deeply understand how the flywheel works and whatโ€™s needed in order for it to turn
  • Identify components, systems, products, and programs that are needed to turn and grow the adoption flywheel
  • Work with and lead the existing product and technical teams building core flywheel components, and provide guidance on their roadmaps to ensure that these systems land and achieve their core objectives
  • Steward business development and solutions engineering teams that support large petabyte-scale storage and enterprise clients
  • Build out new teams as needed to achieve adoption objectives
  • Steward and leverage network-native development principles and mechanisms to achieve flywheel objectives, such as leaning into ecosystem bounties/grants, outsourced work, public roadmaps, open-source development principles, and more
  • Ensure that every user of the PL stack โ€“ developers, storage clients, storage providers, retrieval providers, notaries, community governance members, etc
    โ€“ has an exceptional experience with the stack of protocols
  • Mentor and grow product and technical leaders within the EngRes organization

You may be a fit for this role if youโ€ฆ

  • Have led engineering teams to build complex technical systems at scale
  • Have led large product and engineering teams (20+ teammates) in the past, and have had multiple direct reports
  • Have experience working with enterprise storage and software systems, as well as enterprise clients
  • Have had some experience with enterprise business development efforts in the past
  • Have worked on or led open-source projects or engineering organizations in the past
  • Have experience working with cross-functional stakeholders to align multi-year roadmaps for product/engineering organizations โ€“ company leadership, technical leads, product leads
  • Are hyper detail-oriented, extremely organized, and pride yourself on your ability to structure large, ambiguous systems into sensible, tractable ones
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills with a talent for precise articulations of customer problems
  • Enjoy working closely with engineering teams, and are able to earn the respect of technical leaders and product leaders alike
  • Will do whatever it takes to make your team successful, and are not afraid to roll up your sleeves to get the job done
  • Have a computer science, math, or science degree, or software engineering experience

Bonus Points:ย 

  • Product management with crypto projects or networks
  • Experience working with and/or contributions to open-source software projects
  • Are self-taught in some field, and consider yourself a voracious learner
  • 10+ years professional experience



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