Airmap

Drone startup AirMap conducts layoff

🌎 Los Angeles, Austin βˆ™ πŸ‘© At least 13 employees βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

AirMap, an airspace services platform for unmanned aircraft, announced that it was reducing staff and cutting non-core initiatives. Two sources tell Layoffs.fyi that around 30% of the team was let go. One laid-off employee says that 28 people were affected, and that the layoffs are effective as of May 15.

See link below πŸ‘‡ for an opt-in spreadsheet of 13 employees laid off, including 9 engineers in Santa Monica and Austin.

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Agoda

Agoda laid off 1,500 employees, launches public alumni directory

🌎 Malaysia, Thailand βˆ™ πŸ‘© 1,500 employees (25%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Agoda, an Asian hotel booking website, laid off 1,500 employees (25%) aross 30 countries last week. Its CEO said that most of the cuts were in Agoda’s Customer Experience Group, but that product, IT, finance, partner services, marketing and Rocketmiles were also affected.

Agoda is a subsidiary of Booking Holdings, which also owns Priceline, Kayak, OpenTable, and Booking.com. Last month, Kayak and OpenTable laid off or furloughed 400 employees.

Even though many Asian countries are now recovering from COVID-19, Agoda cited a deep and prolonged impact on the travel industry.

Agoda launched an official alumni talent directory to support departing employees (see link below πŸ‘‡ ). The Agoda layoff list features over 400 ex-employees, mostly in Southeast Asia.

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Magic Leap

Magic Leap avoids further layoffs with new $350 mm investment

Magic Leap, an augmented reality startup that laid off 1,000 employees (50%) last month, secured $350 million in a new investment round. As a result, the company will be able to prevent additional layoffs in the near future. (See? This site doesn’t only have bad news! 😸)

In late April, Magic Leap warned employees that a further staff reduction might be necessary if it wasn’t able to raise additional funding. Now, with $350 million more in the bank from existing and new investors, the company will be able to avoid the potential cut.

See below link πŸ‘‡for an opt-in list of Magic Leap employees laid off last month, including over 100 engineers.

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Dotscience

DevOps startup Dotscience shuts down

🌎 London βˆ™ πŸ‘© 10+ employees (100%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Dotscience, which makes DevOps tools for machine learning, shut down this week. The company said it ran out of money and was unable to secure additional financing.

In a blog post announcing the shutdown (see link below πŸ‘‡), Dotscience listed 10 laid-off employees seeking new roles, including 7 engineers.

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Layoffs Roundup: Thurs 5/21/20

The number of newly-reported startup layoffs continues to decline, though each one is now affecting 3x more employees on average. This past week saw a massive layoff from Uber, alongside other notable cuts mentioned below. The total count is now up to 58,000+ startup employees laid off since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Check out the Layoffs.fyi Tracker for a comprehensive list. If you’ve seen a layoff spreadsheet for any of these companies, please let us know!

🏒 Ola βˆ™ 🌎 Bengaluru βˆ™ πŸ‘© 1,400 employees (35%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An India-based ridesharing company, Ola said revenue has dropped by 95% in the last two months due to stay-at-home orders. Laid-off employees will receive 3 months of severance, along with “healthcare and emotional support until the end of the year.” It’s not clear who will be providing the emotional support.

🏒 Deliv βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 669 employees (100%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A service that enables brick-and-mortar stores to offer same-day deliveries, Deliv announced that it was shutting down operations and selling some of its technology to Target. The company is laying off at least 669 workers and will wind down its business over the next 90 days. Even though delivery businesses like Amazon, Target, and Uber Eats are surging during the pandemic, Deliv’s business depends on customers like Best Buy, Macy’s, and Walgreens, who have been severely impacted by shelter-in-place orders.

🏒 Cruise βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 150 employees (8%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A self-driving car startup owned by GM, Cruise becomes the most prominent (though certainly not the only) autonomous vehicle company to cut staff. AV companies like Cruise, Zoox, and Ike were already bleeding money with little revenue — now, their vehicles are also sitting idle because social distancing measures mean that backup drivers can’t be used for self-driving tests. Cruise’s layoff largely avoided touching its engineering team.

🏒 SoFi βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 112 employees (7%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A personal finance startup, SoFi is positioning its staffing reduction not as a layoff but as a performance-driven cut. The company implied that all employees cut were poor performers. One source told Layoffs.fyi that 37 engineers were affected.

🏒 Quartz βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 80 employees (40%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A business news site, Quartz said its layoff was focused on its advertising department, though over 20 journalists were also affected. The company is planning to transition its business model from advertising-supported to subscription-based. Quartz is led by ace journalist and former Harvard Crimson editor Zach Seward.

🏒 Integral Ad Science βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 70 employees (10%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An ad verification company, Integral Ad Science joins the growing number of ad tech startups (and ad-supported media businesses) confronting a broader pullback in ad spending. Similar companies that have conducted layoffs include Rubicon Project, OpenX, GumGum, TripleLift, VideoAmp, MediaMath, Sojern, and AdRoll.

🏒 Intercom βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 39 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A maker of customer messaging software, Intercom is also relocating 47 roles in its marketing and R&D teams from San Francisco to Dublin, in addition to the layoff.

🏒 Divvy βˆ™ 🌎 Salt Lake City βˆ™ πŸ‘© Unknown # of employees

  • A platform for expense reports, Divvy conducted a mass layoff on Tuesday, according to multiple LinkedIn posts. One sourceΒ tells Layoffs.fyi that over 100 people were cut.
Samsara

Samsara lays off 300 employees, launches public alumni directory

🌎 San Francisco Bay Area, Atlanta βˆ™ πŸ‘© 300 employees (18%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Samsara, which makes Internet-connected sensors that help industrial companies optimize their operations, laid off 300 employees yesterday (18%). The company also raised $400 million at a lower valuation ($5.4 bn) than the one from its September raise ($6.3 bn).

Samsara blamed the economic downturn for its layoff without specifying details, though its down round suggests that the company was operating without enough cash to last through the pandemic.

The company is also implementing other cost-cutting measures such as slashing executive salaries by 30% for the rest of the year, cutting non-essential spending, and freezing hiring for 6 months.

Following the example set by Airbnb and Uber, Samsara launched an official alumni talent directory (see link below πŸ‘‡ ). The Samsara layoff list features 100 ex-employees, mostly in the Bay Area.

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Uber

Official Uber layoff list goes live; over 500 ex-employees listed

🌎 Multiple locations βˆ™ πŸ‘© 3,000 employees (13%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

On Monday, Uber laid off 3,000 additional employees on top of the 3,700 employees cut two weeks ago. In a memo to the team, Uber’s CEO alluded to the creation of a public alumni talent directory as part of the company’s efforts to support departing employees.

That alumni directory is now live. Similar to the official Airbnb layoff list, Uber’s version allows recruiters and hiring managers to filter laid-off employees by location and role. Additional details include whether the person is open to relocation and/or remote work, and any experience managing people.

See below link πŸ‘‡for the official Uber layoff list, as well as an unofficial Uber layoffs list that we posted previously.

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Ridecell

SF-based Ridecell laid off 35 employees, half of whom are engineers

🌎 San Francisco Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 35 employees (15%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Engineering

Ridecell, an operations platform for ride-sharing companies, laid off 35 employees (15%) last Thursday, according to a laid-off employee. Its customers are presumably struggling right now due to the nationwide lockdowns.

Ridecell joins the many transportation startups that have conducted layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic. Just yesterday, Uber increased the count of its May layoffs to 6,700 employees. Lyft laid off nearly 1,000 employees in late April. Kid-friendly ride sharing companies Zum and HopSkipDrive have also done layoffs.

See link below πŸ‘‡for an opt-in list of Ridecell employees laid off, which includes 16 engineers in the Bay Area.

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Cadre

Real estate investing startup Cadre laid off 28 employees

🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 28 employees (25%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Cadre, an online marketplace for commercial real estate investments, laid off 28 employees (25%) last week. The company, which makes money in part from up-front transaction fees, has been hurt by the sudden slowdown in the real estate market. Cadre is offering laid-off employees health insurance through the end of 2020 and an extension of the post-termination exercise period on vested stock options to two years.

See link below πŸ‘‡for an opt-in list of employees laid off across Cadre’s sales, product, engineering, people, and finance departments.

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Uber

Uber lays off 3,000 more employees, on top of the 3,700 laid off earlier this month

🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 3,000 employees (13%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

As Layoffs.fyi forecasted last week, Uber laid off 3,000 more employees this morning. This comes on top of the 3,700 employees Uber cut two weeks ago, and brings the total to 6,700 laid off (25% of staff).

In conjunction with the layoff, Uber is also closing down 45 offices, winding down its product incubator and AI labs, pursuing strategic alternatives for Uber Works, and re-evaluating its self-driving units.

Nationwide shelter-in-place orders have hammered Uber’s ridesharing business. Its core business has fallen around 80% during the pandemic. Meanwhile, growth from Uber’s food delivery business has not been enough to offset the decline.

Uber previously told staff that laid-off employees would receive 10 weeks of severance pay and healthcare coverage through the end of 2020.

In addition to the 6,700 employees let go by Uber this month, the company has also cut 536 employees from Middle East subsidiary Careem, as well as all 400-500 employees from e-scooter subsidiary Jump.

See link below πŸ‘‡for an existing unofficial list of 400+ employees laid off from Uber, mostly from the May 5 layoff. Expect this list to grow a lot bigger in the coming days.

UPDATE: An official Uber layoff list has been created. Added link below.

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