Amazon has placed a job advertisement for a digital currency and blockchain executive lead on its website, indicating future crypto integration.
The job description seeks for someone to "own the vision and strategy for Amazon's Digital Currency and Blockchain strategy and product roadmap," as well as someone with a "Deep grasp of the digital / cryptocurrency ecosystem and associated technologies."
The position would be located inside Amazon's Payments Acceptance & Experience team and would "create Amazon's Digital Currency and Blockchain strategy and product roadmap."
While this appears to be a key position within the firm, it is not the only one based on blockchain. A job search for 'blockchain' on Amazon's job board yields 73 results for various blockchain specialist and development positions.
"We believe that the future will be built on new technologies that enable modern, rapid, and inexpensive payments, and we intend to offer that future to Amazon customers as quickly as possible," the company declared, according to Business Insider's Eugene Kim.
However, Amazon does not accept cryptocurrency as payment for its items. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (then CEO of AWS) stated in 2017 that the business was not especially focused on blockchain technology, while he admitted that Amazon was “watching it closely.”
Bitcoin and other digital currencies have gained in popularity in recent years, leading to increased institutional use. Facebook, which has funded a digital currency initiative called Diem, is another example of a technology company warming up to cryptocurrencies.
In May, Apple said that it was seeking for a lead negotiator to form agreements with “alternative payments” partners, with cryptocurrencies listed as one possible area of competence.