PayPal’s ambivalent stance over the digital currency might be changing as CFO John Rainey has stated that the payment processor has created teams to study both blockchain and cryptocurrency, as reported by Forbes on May 10, 2019. PayPal previously allowed merchants to receive payments in Bitcoin but removed functionality after volatility started surging.
PayPal Open to Digital Currency Research
In an interview with Yahoo Finance, John Rainey spoke about PayPal’s present apprehension toward Bitcoin, citing the immaturity of the network as a primary reason. However, PayPal has openly admitted the idea and technology behind blockchain is fascinating and they are possibly developing active solutions on the blockchain.
Though PayPal remains skeptical about Bitcoin, they have assembled a team to take on digital currencies in harmony with blockchain. This seems to be a constant narrative among larger companies who want to research the technology, namely the fact that they’re bullish on blockchain, bullish on digital currencies, but wary of Bitcoin.
PayPal had previously added Bitcoin as a form of payment for merchants to adopt, they seemed to have been spooked by the experience. John Rainey was quoted explaining the situation and why PayPal is still uncertain about Bitcoin.
“We have teams working on blockchain and cryptocurrency as well, and we want to take part in that in whatever form it takes up in the future – I think it’s just a little early on right now (for Bitcoin). If a merchant adopted Bitcoin they would quickly convert it to a more stable currency like the Euro or Dollar.”
Corporate Adoption Increasing
With platforms like Fidelity and Square giving customers an option to buy and sell Bitcoin, there is a lot of retail interest coming in that didn’t exist before.