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Pankaj Gupta quits as Google Pay engineering head
to join US crypto firm
Executive says he will build Coinbase's technology hub in India
'from scratch', hire people
Pankaj Gupta is leaving Google Pay after leading the company’s
engineering in India and Asia-Pacific at a time when it competing
with rivals for a share in the financial services market.
“I came in as an Apple fan-boy but leave wowed by the
unimaginable reach of Android,” said Gupta, who was senior
director of engineering at Google Pay and NBU (next billion
users). He will join the US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, an
online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital
“I have a great sense of pride and gratitude to have been a part of
the Tez rocketship aka Google Pay alongside you from zero to
nnnM+ users today now sending annually more than $mmm
Billion to each other,” he said.
Google Pay competes with players such as Walmart-owned
PhonePe, Amazon Pay, and Alibaba-backed Paytm, which are
also making significant inroads into the financial services market
as well as payments.
An alumnus of Stanford University and IIT-Delhi, Gupta was the
founder and CEO of Bengaluru-based Halli Labs that sepcialised
in artificial intelligence and machine learning. He joined Google
after it acquired Halli Labs in 2017. He headed all engineering in
APAC for Google Tez (now called Google Pay India) right from
launch. He also headed global engineering across countries for
Google Pay Consumer Products.