Uber can start accepting payments in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency if there are advantages in this, and the need, said the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a conversation with CNBC on Thursday.
“Just as we accept all types of local currencies, we will consider cryptocurrencies and / or bitcoin as the currency for making payments. This is good for business, good for passengers and for users of the food delivery service, ”he said.
At the same time, Khosrowshahi ruled out the possibility of investing in bitcoin the company’s own assets. “We discussed this option, but quickly dropped it. We will keep our cash reserves safe. We do not speculate, “- he said, answering a question about whether Uber will follow the example of the Tesla, which earlier this week announced about investing in cryptocurrency $ 1.5 billion.
CEO of finteh companies Adyen, whose clients include Uber, Facebook and Netflix Peter van der Doos in a separate interview with CNBC today said that there are no plans to start working with cryptocurrencies, as they are too volatile and do not generate much interest from customers. “Bitcoin is more of an investment than a payment method,” he said.
Twitter CFO Ned Segal said Wednesdaythat they can start holding bitcoins if their employees and suppliers are willing to be paid in cryptocurrency. On the same day, General Motors Company CEO Mary Barra announced that they “continue to study” bitcoin as a means of payment for their products, while clarifying that her company was not going to place reserve assets in cryptocurrency.