Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif., October 25, 2016.
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Amazon is looking to add a digital currency and blockchain expert to its payments team, suggesting the company could take a more serious look at cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
According to a recent job offer, Amazon’s Payments Acceptance and Experience team is looking to hire an “Experienced Product Manager to Develop Amazon’s Digital Currency and Blockchain Product Strategy and Roadmap.”
“You will leverage your expertise in Blockchain, Distributed Ledger, Central Bank Digital Currencies and Cryptocurrency to develop the case for capabilities that should be developed, drive the overall vision and product strategy, and gain buy-in and investment leadership for new capabilities, “according to the job posting, which was previously reported by Insider.
Amazon confirmed the job offer.
An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement: “We are inspired by the innovation that is happening in the cryptocurrency space and explore what that might look like on Amazon. We believe the future will be built. on new technologies that enable modern, fast and inexpensive payment technologies, and I hope to bring that future to Amazon customers as soon as possible. “
The company’s cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services, offers a service called managed blockchain. But Amazon does not accept any cryptocurrency as a payment method for its products. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (then CEO of AWS) said in 2017 that the company was not particularly focused on blockchain technology, although he acknowledged that Amazon was “watching it closely.”
Digital currencies like bitcoin have grown in popularity in recent years, leading to more institutional adoption. Tech companies have also become familiar with cryptocurrency, notably Facebook, which has supported a digital currency project called Diem. In May, Apple said it was looking to hire a chief negotiator to partner with “alternative payments” partners, citing cryptocurrency as an area of potential professional expertise.