Industry sources have told the news outlet that the change is coming and users will be able to store and send BTC.
“My understanding is that they are going to allow buys and sells of crypto directly from PayPal and Venmo. They are going to have some sort of a built-in wallet functionality so you can store it there.”
The sources also say that the number of cryptocurrencies that would be available is unclear at this time. But PayPal and Venmo would be researching the market diligently and “would be working with multiple exchanges to source liquidity.”
According to the report, the rumor was corroborated by more than one source, and the companies could be pushing for near-immediate changes. The timeline for the addition could be extremely soon. The sources posited that Crypto could be available on PayPal and Venmo “in the next three months, maybe sooner.”
PayPal’s Chief Technology Officer Sri Shivananda said the company wanted its own “perspective and view on [blockchain] technology itself to see how it can help us contribute to the concept of creating an open digital payments platform that can serve everyone.”
At the time Shivananda said he couldn’t comment on any of PayPal’s specific plans for the future but recognized the potential of digital currencies.
“We are a strong believer in the potential of blockchain. The digitization of currency is only a matter of when not if,” Shivananda said.
Even if the rumors are exaggerated, PayPal’s interest in the blockchain industry is undeniable. At the start of 2020, they began searching for blockchain engineers to fill 4 positions in California and 4 positions in Singapore.
PayPal also has been working with Coinbase since 2016. And in 2018 the two companies agreed to add a feature for American users that allowed Coinbase customers to make fiat withdrawals directly to PayPal.
PayPal and Venmo are not the first major tech companies to join the cryptocurrency party. Two of the biggest companies in social media are extremely interested in Bitcoin and blockchain in general. Facebook famously tried to launch its own coin called Libra, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey continues to speak highly of Bitcoin and has already made the digital asset available on CashApp, his venture into FinTech.