Spotlight: Sam Dealy, MobileCoin Software Engineer

11/16/2021

Sam Dealy (He/Him)

What’s your position at MobileCoin?

I’m a Software Engineer at MobileCoin.

How did you find your way into the world of cryptocurrency?

I’ve been interested in crypto since 2015 and watched from afar for a couple years. During that time, I was interested in the technology, and I would occasionally ask my friend who worked for a web3 startup to explain Ethereum, public addresses, etc. to me. I gained enough competence to explain what a blockchain is and how proof of stake differs from proof of work, but I couldn’t tell you much more than that. I was intrigued but not totally convinced that crypto was the new world-altering paradigm that Silicon Valley drums up every 5 years.

How did you find out about MobileCoin?

I had heard about MobileCoin in 2018 when my friend David Hall, who is Director of Product, told me about this “cool crypto project.” It was in the back of my mind for a few years. In 2020, David started telling me more about the technology and the use cases. I decided to look into it and was amazed by systems like Fog that use Intel SGX and “oblivious data structures” to guarantee fast and private transactions and balance checks for users. A few months later, I interviewed, and here I am!

What’s your favorite thing about working at MobileCoin?

My favorite thing is getting to work with smart and kind people. Everyone is so accomplished, bright and really humble. This makes working on these difficult and cutting-edge problems that much more fun!

What excites you most about the future of MobileCoin?

I’m most excited by the opportunity to bring more people into the crypto fold. Right now, using crypto requires at least some background knowledge on how the technology works, and it can be intimidating to the unacquainted! With our mobile SDKs, other apps can seamlessly create non-custodial wallets for their users who can easily send MOB to their friends and family!

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

I love to cook. Whether it’s for a major celebration or just to bring friends together, making food for other people is such a joy. This summer I cooked 20 pounds of brisket with a sous vide (thanks to Kenji López-Alt’s brilliant recipe), and it was my favorite night of the year! My favorite style of cooking is for large groups of people. That brisket recipe feeds up to 40 people and all you need is three ingredients. During the pandemic, my go to food was cooking Kenji’s Detroit style pizza and falafel recipes.

Speaking of pizza, I’m a huge pizza fan. I think New Haven ‘apizza’ is the best pizza in the world. It’s on a different level. It’s better than NY style pizza. Even some New Yorkers agree with me.

I’m also a big fan of racquet sports. I love to play tennis and squash and watch the ATP and WTA.

What would be your personal motto?

Be honest and kind.

Flashback to when you were 10-years-old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

This is a funny one. I legitimately wanted to be a “businessman.” I had NO idea what I would do as a businessman, but I knew that I’d have a cool briefcase and wear a suit. It seemed to be all the rage in the 90s! I still kind of don’t know what business people do.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. I love to travel but despise the associated bureaucracy. Waiting is also annoying!

Anything else you’d like to share about yourself?

I lived in Sitka, Alaska for a year after college. I volunteered at a local arts organization and taught writing and English as a second language at the University of Alaska. That’s actually where I learned how to cook. Going out to eat in Alaska is very expensive because they have to ship their food in, so I started to cook my own food. Now years later, I’ve accumulated a lot of various cooking skills.

And no, it didn’t snow a lot in Alaska, but yes I do know what it’s like to experience a 3:22pm sunset!

Thank you so much Sam for being featured in our spotlight! If you want to join Sam and the rest of the MobileCoin team and be part of this amazing company and culture, apply here.