Axelar is the universal interoperability protocol and infrastructure connecting all blockchain ecosystems, applications, assets, and users. Axelar network consists of a protocol suite, tools, and APIs, designed to break down the barriers to cross-chain communication. Powered by a decentralized open network of validators; anyone can join the network, use it and build on it. The Axelar network makes cross-chain communication as simple as using http(s) protocols on the web. Platform developers can plug-in their blockchains to other ecosystems, and application builders and users can leverage a simple protocol and API to access global liquidity and communicate with the entire ecosystem.

The Team

The Axelar team has deep roots in distributed systems, consensus, and cryptography. The venture is backed by Polychain, Dragonfly Capital, Coinbase, Binance X, DCVC, and others. It was founded by Sergey Gorbunov (PhD MIT) and Georgios Vlachos (MSc MIT), who previously worked together on the founding team at Algorand.


The Role

This will be one of the first roles within BD with huge potential for growth. You will have the opportunity to support the build out of the BD arm of Axelar from before the launch of our token throughout all stages. Building connections to form partnerships within our interoperability network across various ecosystems.

What you will be doing

  • Building partnerships and developments of the Axelar interoperability network
  • Launching projects with the context and the triggers of how they do things.
  • Forming protocols in the network from different blockchains such as: Layer 1 and application builders.
  • Creatively devise ways to form different solutions across diverse partnerships and collaborations.
  • Growing the BD team from scratch to coach new members as we scale.

What you will need

  • Knowledge of the crypto and blockchain world, primarily having an understanding of how the ecosystem is composed.
  • A successful background within the space across various projects and creating a structure with key players.
  • Experience within a start-up watching it grow from the beginning – i.e. from pre-launch and then following through to post network.
  • Had experience wearing many hats throughout these different stages of growth, not being afraid to get their hands dirty
  • A passion for creating engaging content to then present to prospective partnerships in the ecosystem.
  • Previous visions of being in a start-up which has grown from pre-launch to post network, wearing many hats through the different stages of growth.

About you

  • You have a strong sense of ownership, with the ability to lead and share knowledge to reach solutions as well as the keenness to learn.
  • Youโ€™re open to collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, flourishing in a distributed environment.
  • You enjoy being hands-on, being a self-starter that thrives well in ambiguity.
  • A problem solver at heart that can envision successful outcomes.
  • You have a creative flair, always seizing an opportunity to do things differently.
  • Understand how to use blockchains / DeFi as a user.

Nice to haves

  • Communication from non-technical to technical language and being able to bridge the knowledge to different stakeholders internally and externally.


Whatโ€™s in it for you

  • Autonomous, distributed environment with the opportunity to work collaboratively in a diverse team across the world.
  • The scope to contribute to high-impact work and really make a difference in a decentralized protocol.
  • Chance to really challenge yourself whilst learning heaps of stuff in the process.
  • Unlimited time off throughout the year to rest and recharge.
  • Competitive compensation with stock options, experiencing growth from the initial phases.