Google Cloud Hiring Team of Blockchain Experts

The cloud giant is looking at services it can offer directly to blockchain developers.

AccessTimeIconJan 28, 2022 at 8:43 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 5:56 p.m. UTC
10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
May 29-31, 2024 - Austin, TexasThe biggest and most established global hub for everything crypto, blockchain and Web3.Register Now

Google Cloud is hiring a team of blockchain experts to capitalize on the move to decentralized Web 3 applications, the company wrote in a blog post Thursday.

  • While tech and cloud giants such as Google and Amazon represent the heights of Web 2 centralization, Google is seeing the opportunity presented by newer decentralized blockchain technologies. CNBC was the first to write about the hiring move.
  • Heading up strategy for the new group is Rich Widmann, who previously worked in the legal department of Google as product counsel. Widmann tweeted on Thursday about his move.
  • What South Korea's Latest Election Means for Crypto Adoption in the Country
    00:38
    What South Korea's Latest Election Means for Crypto Adoption in the Country
  • Hong Kong Approving an Ether ETF Could Be a 'Surprise,' Analyst Says
    00:52
    Hong Kong Approving an Ether ETF Could Be a 'Surprise,' Analyst Says
  • What South Korea's Elections Mean for Crypto; The Potential for Spot BTC and ETH ETFs in Hong Kong
    19:02
    What South Korea's Elections Mean for Crypto; The Potential for Spot BTC and ETH ETFs in Hong Kong
  • Would You Get Paid in Crypto?
    00:57
    Would You Get Paid in Crypto?
    • Google’s cloud service currently offers tools that developers can use to build blockchain networks, and also counts blockchain firms, such as Dapper Labs, Hedera, Thera Labs and several crypto exchanges, as customers. And Google Cloud also underwent an integration with Polygon to allow developers to more easily analyze on-chain data on the blockchain.
    • Among the services Google Cloud plans to offer are providing dedicated node hosting to developers, participating in node validation and on-chain governance with partners, and helping developers and users host their nodes on what it claims is the industry’s cleanest cloud.
    • Google declined to comment on how large the new team would be.
    • Amazon AWS, the leader in the cloud computing space, has become active in blockchain technology, particularly having to do with financial and payment applications. And infrastructure start-up Alchemy, which is seeking to become the AWS of the blockchain world, recently raised $250 million in a Series C round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) that valued the company at $3.5 billion.
    • Crypto exchange Coinbase als RAdded link to blog post and details about services Google Cloud plans to offer.ts, trading, data access and staking – using Coinbase Cloud application programming iAnterfaces (APIs) and blockchain infrastructure.

    UPDATE (Jan. 28, 22:29 UTC): Adds link to blog post and details about services Google Cloud plans to offer.

    Disclosure

    Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

    CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by Block.one; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.

    Nelson Wang

    Nelson Wang was CoinDesk's news editor for the East Coast. He holds BTC and ETH above CoinDesk's disclosure threshold of $1,000.


    Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk's longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to consensus.coindesk.com to register and buy your pass now.