Amazon is hiring an expert in digital currencies and blockchain

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Andy Jassy, ​​CEO Amazon Web Services, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California on 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 closer look at cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

According to a recent job posting, Amazon’s Payment Adoption and Experience team is seeking “an experienced product leader to develop Amazon’s digital currency and blockchain strategy and product roadmap.”

“You will use your domain expertise in blockchain, distributed ledger, central bank digital currencies, and cryptocurrency to develop the case for the skills that should be developed, drive the overall vision and product strategy, and attract leadership and investment in new skills “According to the job posting previously reported by Insider.

Amazon has confirmed the job posting.

An Amazon spokesman said in a statement: “We are inspired by the innovations in the cryptocurrency space and are investigating what this could look like at Amazon. We believe that the future will be built on new technologies that enable modern, fast and inexpensive. “Payments and hope to bring this future to Amazon customers as soon as possible.”

The company’s cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services, offers a service called managed blockchain. However, Amazon does not accept cryptocurrencies as a means of payment for its products. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (then CEO of AWS) said in 2017 that the company was not particularly focused on blockchain technology, despite admitting that Amazon “was careful about it.”

Digital currencies like Bitcoin have grown in popularity in recent years, which has led to greater institutional acceptance. Tech companies have also become familiar with cryptocurrencies, including Facebook, which supported a digital currency project called Diem. In May, Apple announced it would hire a negotiator to partner with partners for “alternative payments,” citing cryptocurrency as an area of ​​potential professional expertise.