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VIDEO: On Bitcoin, first days at work, and studying in China

“Everything was alive–workers were zipping in and out of rooms, shouting at each other in Chinese, all possessing a similar panicked look in their eyes,” Tyler Mann ’20 recalled of his first day at a new internship.

A Mathematical Economics major, Mann was studying in Shanghai through Gettysburg’s partnership with CET Shanghai. In addition to their academic coursework, students complete an internship (read more) as part of the program. Mann was placed at ViewFin, a financial technologies company located in the Pudong District.

On this day, the office was buzzing amidst discussion of the Chinese government banning initial coin offerings (ICOs), or cryptocurrency offered in exchange against cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. This policy change would drastically alter ViewFin’s business plans. Many feared China was going to lose its competitive advantage in blockchain technology development.

Instead of being scared away by a hectic first day on the job, Mann embraced the prospect of a challenge and instead dedicated himself to learning everything he could about blockchain technology.

Watch the video and read more about his experience here.