In May of 2018, rumor were swirling that Vitalik had been offered a job at Google and many thought it was to work on a top secret Google crypto project.
He thumbed out this (now deleted) satirical tweet and poll asking if he should drop Ethereum and go work for Google. Surprisingly the results were a little more mixed than we would have thought.
According to Buterin, it turns out that Google sent the email possibly automatically and that it wasn’t for a high-profile position.
Vitalik further clarified in an interview:
“I hope we all realize that this was a joke. Some random HR person from Google emailed me, most likely because some machine learning algorithm analyzed my GitHub and saw that I had some high score in the international Olympiad....Apparently, I fit the blueprints as a great candidate to hire at an intern salary.”
Who knows, maybe Google is secretly assembling an Avengers-style team for some super-duper clandestine crypto project and Vitalik is just covering. Either way, we are glad he stayed where he is.