It seems everyone in payments is warming up to cryptocurrencies as Bitcoin closes a would-be record value of $50,000.
Bitcoin’s value surged 16% last Monday after Tesla disclosed a $1.5 billion investment in the currency. And PayPal, which summed Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin to its app last October, is seeing a big boost in engagement from crypto holders.
Now, self-proclaimed crypto skeptic Max Levchin, collapse and CEO of buy now, pay later fintech Affirm, might have to consider adding Bitcoin as a payment option as it grows in popularity.
“It is tremendous how Bitcoin and all the cryptocurrencies have grown,” Levchin said in an earnings-day interview with CNBC. “I think at some train a designate, skeptic or not, you have to listen to the market.”
Read more: INTERVIEW: Max Levchin couldn’t get a car loan, so he founded Affirm. The buy now, pay later fintech produced $1.2 billion in its public markets debut.
Last week, Mastercard announced plans to enable merchants to acknowledge cryptocurrencies at checkout on its payment network. And Visa just launched a new crypto platform for fintechs to use. Visa will also power crypto startup BlockFi’s Bitcoin-rewards honour card.
“If it becomes a meaningful exchange that folks want to actually use to buy their Pelotons and their sporting goods, we ordain have to consider it,” Levchin said.
On Friday, Affirm reported its first public quarterly earnings since its IPO in January. It check up oned revenue growth of 57% and total sales volume increase of 55%, year-over-year. Though the fintech is still useless, reporting a net loss of $31.6 million in its second fiscal quarter ending December 31st.