Dell becomes largest retailer to accept bitcoin payments


Gigaom’s Derrick Harris said last year that Dell, upon going private, “should let its freak flag fly and take some real risks to distinguish itself from the service-vendor pack.” Bitcoin wasn’t on Derrick’s list of ideas for Dell, but Friday’s announcement that the computer giant has partnered with Coinbase to start accepting the cryptocurrency does show how the new, private Dell is starting to wave its freak flag and open up to change.

“We’re really excited to offer bitcoin as a payment option to our customers who are on the forefront of using this digital currency for their technology purchase needs,” said Paul Walsh, CIO of Dell’s commerce services, in an e-mailed statement. “Partnering with Coinbase to implement this solution in 14 days is a prime example of the new, more agile Dell.”

By accepting bitcoin, Dell, with its nearly $57 billion in annual revenue, becomes the largest retailer on…

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