05 April 2022
Coinbase is focusing on growing the crypto and Web3 ecosystem in India. “Combined with India’s world-class software talent, we believe that crypto and web3 technology can help accelerate India’s economic and financial inclusion goals,” said CEO Brian Armstrong.
The Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase revealed its plan for India Monday. “India has built a robust identity and digital payments infrastructure and implemented it at rapid scale and speed,” CEO Brian Armstrong described, adding:
Combined with India’s world-class software talent, we believe that crypto and web3 technology can help accelerate India’s economic and financial inclusion goals.
The CEO continued: “Coinbase Ventures has already invested $150 million in home-grown Indian technology companies in the crypto and web3 space, and is constantly identifying new opportunities to help Indian founders scale.”
He added that Coinbase’s Indian tech hub, launched last year, already has over 300 full-time employees all over India.
Furthermore, Armstrong stressed that Coinbase will “continue to invest heavily” in its Indian hub, elaborating:
We have ambitious plans for India and seek to hire over 1,000 people in our India hub this year alone.
Coinbase will also be hosting a “crypto community event” in Bangalore Thursday to “discuss the future of crypto and web3 in India,” Armstrong said.
The Indian government is currently working on the country’s crypto policy. Officials from the Indian ministry of finance are consulting with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and India’s central bank on a crypto framework.
In addition, India began taxing income from cryptocurrency at 30% without allowing loss offsets or deductions on April 1. Since then, crypto trading volumes at exchanges have plummeted. In a few months, a 1% tax deducted at source (TDS), will also be levied on crypto transactions.
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