Atrium

Atrium shuts down, lays off entire 100-person staff

🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 100 employees (100%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Atrium, the hybrid law firm + tech startup, is shutting down and laying off all 100 employees (see link below for the listπŸ‘‡). Atrium says it failed to make legal services more cost-efficient with technology, a core part of the startup’s original thesis. Started by Twitch.tv co-founder Justin Kan, the startup had raised over $75 million from Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst.

Source: Google Sheets
Brandless

Brandless shuts down, lays off 88% of staff

🌎 San Francisco, Minneapolis βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 70 employees (88%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Brandless, a direct-to-consumer startup that makes affordable household products, is shutting down and laying off 88% of its staff (see link below for the listπŸ‘‡). 10 employees remain to finish the wind-down process. The company said its business model was unsustainable — a problem that has also plagued other DTC startups because competition for social media advertising has driven up customer acquisition costs. Brandless had raised $292 million, most notably from SoftBank.

Source: Google Sheets
KeepTruckin

KeepTruckin shuts down One Point Logistics, lays off majority of staff

🌎 Mostly Nashville, Chicago, SF βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό At least 78 employeesβˆ™ πŸ–₯ Mostly sales and business roles

KeepTruckin, which helps trucking companies manage their fleets, is shutting down One Point Logistics, a freight brokerage it acquired last year. The majority of OPL’s staff will be laid off, while the remaining 30 employees will be reassigned within KeepTruckin. The company says that owning its own freight brokerage business was too operationally intensive and will instead be investing in its marketplace of third-party brokers.

Starsky Robotics

Starsky Robotics reportedly shutting down, lays off majority of staff

🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό Unknown # affected βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Starsky Robotics, a self-driving truck startup, is reportedly shutting down after its Series B fell apart due to concerns about its asset-heavy, low-margin business model. The majority of staff have been laid off, likely numbering a couple dozen. The company had raised $20 million, most recently from Shasta Ventures two years ago.

Lime

Lime lays off 100 workers and shuts down 12 markets

🌎 Mostly San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 100 employees (14%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Various business roles

Lime, the electric scooter company, is shutting down 12 of its markets and laying off 100 employees (14% of its workforce). After a period of rapid expansion into new markets, e-scooter companies have been suffering large losses, causing them to retreat. Lime has raised $765 million to date.

Quora

Quora announces layoffs

🌎 Mountain View βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό At least 12 employees βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Mostly engineering

Quora, the question & answer website, announced a partial layoff to reduce costs to a more sustainable level. It’s unknown how many of the company’s ~200 employees were affected, but their layoff list (see link below πŸ‘‡) includes about a dozen people — mostly engineers in the Bay Area.

Oyo

Oyo lays off 1,800 in India and China

🌎 Various cities across India and China βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 1,800 employees (9%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Various business roles

Oyo, an India-based budget hotel chain, is laying off 1,800 employees across India and China (9% of staff), and plans to lay off another 1,200 in India in the coming months. The startup has raised a staggering $3.2 billion and was most recently valued at $10 billion by SoftBank. Its fast growth has come with commensurately large losses.

Breather

Breather lays off 18 employees to work towards profitability

🌎 Mostly Montreal βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 18 employees (17%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Breather, which provides flexible office space across 10 cities, has laid off 18 employees (17% of its workforce). The layoffs are designed to help Breather achieve profitability by the end of 2020. Breather has raised $122 million from Menlo Ventures, RRE, and others.