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Coinbase is entering India, appoints Google Pay engineer Pankaj Gupta as lead

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Global crypto-currency exchange Coinbase Inc. is hiring staff in India and has hired Pankaj Gupta as vice president of engineering and site lead in India. In Twitter post, Gupta said that he is leaving his role as Senior Director of Engineer at Google Pay at the end of the month to start Coinbase's platform in India from scratch. With a PHD from Standford University at the start of millennia, Gupta worked out of Silicon Valley and Menlo part for a while, with a 5 year stint at Twitter as a data scientist, according to LinkedIn. He eventually moved back to India in 2016 and after a brief time with now defunt-Stayzilla, he formed an artificial intelligence company called Halli Labs. Gupta sold Halli Labs to Google within a few months of its founding and joined the tech giant a year later. He headed the engineering team for Google Tez (Google Pay in India) in Asia Pacific and eventually moved to a more global position as a senior engineer. According to Coinbase's website, it is hiring five positions, 4 for engineering and 1 for product. [embed]https://twitter.com/pankaj/status/1384715926277279757[/embed] In a blogpost on Wednesday, Gupta said that the company will explore startup acquisitions as part of India's strategy and founders who are interested in joining Coinbase’s journey should get in touch. "India has world-class tech expertise and some of the brightest minds in the industry. Coinbase plans to tap and develop this local talent. Specifically, the plan is to hire hundreds of employees across…

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