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.

Our live Layoffs Tracker has a real-time report of all startups that have done layoffs.

Sandbox VR

Sandbox VR laid off its engineering team

🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© Unknown # of employees βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Engineering

A virtual reality startup, Sandbox VR conducted a layoff last week. Its CEO also announced that he was laying himself off.

The layoff included Sandbox VR’s entire engineering team. See link below πŸ‘‡for the resumes of 5 laid-off engineers, who are spread across multiple locations.

Our live Layoffs Tracker has a real-time report of all startups that have done layoffs.

Layoffs Roundup: Thurs 5/7/20

This week saw huge layoffs from Uber, Airbnb, and Juul. These 3 layoffs rank among the top 10 biggest in tech since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic.

Below are a few of the startup layoffs from this past week. Check out our tracker for a more comprehensive list. If you’ve seen a layoff spreadsheet for any of these companies, please let us know!

🏒 Uber βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘©3,700 employees (14%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • Ridesharing service Uber laid off 3,700 employees from its customer support and recruiting teams. The CEO’s letter to staff strongly hints that more cuts are coming in the next two weeks, including in engineering and product. As many as 5,400 employees are expected to ultimately be laid off.

🏒 Juul βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘©900 employees (30%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A maker of e-cigarettes, Juul has been mired in controversy over its role in the rise of underage vaping. Its layoff is unrelated to the coronavirus. Juul is also planning to move its headquarters from San Francisco to Washington D.C., partially because its products are now banned in SF.

🏒 CureFit βˆ™ 🌎 Bengaluru βˆ™ πŸ‘© 800 employees (16%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An India-based fitness startup, CureFit also permanently closed a number of its gyms. The coronavirus lockdown has crushed fitness companies, including U.S.-based ClassPass (53% of team laid off or furloughed) and Brazil-based Gympass (467 employees laid off).

🏒 Careem βˆ™ 🌎 Dubai βˆ™ πŸ‘© 536 employees (31%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A ridesharing service acquired by Uber last year, Careem was one of the Middle East’s biggest startups. However, its business has dropped 80% post-coronavirus. Laid-off employees will receive at least 3 months of severance, 1 month of equity vesting, and extended visa and health insurance through 2020.

🏒 Namely βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 160 employees (40%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A maker of HR and payroll software, Namely noted that its SMB customers have been downsizing as a result of the pandemic. This has led to lower revenue for Namely, which makes money in part via a per-employee monthly fee.

🏒 Kayak / OpenTable βˆ™ 🌎 Stamford βˆ™ πŸ‘© 160 employees (8%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • Kayak and OpenTable, both subsidiaries of Booking Holdings Inc., laid off 160 employees and furloughed another 240 employees. The company’s revenue has “dropped tremendously from the COVID-19 crisis.”

🏒 Oyo βˆ™ 🌎 London βˆ™ πŸ‘© 150 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • The self-proclaimed “world’s fastest growing hotel chain,” India-based Oyo plans to lay off 150-200 of its 300 employees in the UK. Oyo has already let go or furloughed thousands of employees globally in recent months. Its occupancy rate and revenue have dropped by over 50-60% since earlier this year.

🏒 Andela βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 135 employees (10%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An Africa-focused startup that provides “engineering as a service,” Andela expects a decline in customers due to the economic downturn. The company is also shifting its strategy from acting as a talent accelerator to serving as a talent outsourcing firm. No engineers were part of the layoff.

🏒 Care.com βˆ™ 🌎Boston βˆ™ πŸ‘© 81 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An online marketplace of caregivers, Care.com said its layoff was not related to the coronavirus. Rather, the cuts are the result of Care.com’s acquisition by IAC in February.

🏒 Stack Overflow βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 40 employees (15%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A popular Q&A site for engineers, Stack Overflow has been hardest hit in its Talent business, which helps companies recruit and hire developers. Most of the affected employees were furloughed, though some were permanently laid off.

🏒 TheSkimm βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 26 employees (20%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A media startup targeted towards millennial women, TheSkimm is offering laid-off employees at least one month of severance and health insurance through July. Digital media companies have suffered declining revenue as brands pull back on advertising during the economic slowdown.
Eventbrite

Second list of ex-Eventbrite employees emerges

🌎 San Francisco, Nashville βˆ™ πŸ‘© 500 employees (45%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

We previously mentioned that Eventbrite, the ticketing and events website, laid off 45% of its employees (500 people). We’ve now come across a second opt-in list of employees laid off. See below link πŸ‘‡for the new list as well as the first one we posted previously.

See our live Layoffs Tracker for a real-time report of all startups that have done layoffs.

Yelp

Another Yelp layoff list emerges with 23 laid-off engineers

🌎 San Francisco, NYC, Chicago βˆ™ πŸ‘© 1,000 employees (17%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

We previously mentioned that Yelp, the local business reviews website, laid off 1,000 employees (17%) and furloughed another 1,100. We’ve now come across a second opt-in list of employees laid off, containing 23 engineers in San Francisco (and a handful of other roles). See below link πŸ‘‡for the new list as well as the first one we posted previously.

See our live Layoffs Tracker for a real-time report of all startups that have done layoffs.

Magic Leap

Magic Leap laid off 1,000 employees

🌎 Miami βˆ™ πŸ‘© 1,000 employees (50%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Magic Leap, one of the most prominent augmented reality startups, laid off 1,000 employees (50%) last week. It joins Groupon, Toast, and Yelp as companies that have laid off over 1,000 people since COVID-19. If you’re recruiting, see below link πŸ‘‡for an opt-in list of employees laid off. There are over 100 engineers on the list, mostly in Florida (but also a handful of other locations).

See our live Layoffs Tracker for a real-time report of all startups that have done layoffs.

Layoffs Roundup: Thurs 4/23/20

Almost 300 startups have now laid off nearly 30,000 employees since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Below are a few notable layoffs from this past week. You can check our tracker for a more comprehensive report. As always, if you’ve seen a layoff spreadsheet for any of these companies, please let us know!

🏒 Magic Leap βˆ™ 🌎 Miami βˆ™ πŸ‘© 1,000 employees (50%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • One of the most prominent augmented reality startups, Magic Leap decided to abandon its consumer business and instead focus on enterprise use cases. Despite raising over $2 billion in funding, the company has found it challenging to release a mainstream product or generate meaningful revenue.

🏒 Lending Club βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 460 employees (30%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An online lender, Lending Club said its layoff was the result of tightening credit markets and a drop in demand for personal loans, the company’s flagship product.

🏒 Houzz βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 155 employees (10%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An online platform for home remodeling, Houzz said that social distancing measures has led to lower demand for its pro subscriptions, which connect home remodeling professionals with potential customers. Houzz is providing laid-off employees with severance packages based on tenure and 3 months of benefits.

🏒 CarGurus βˆ™ 🌎 Boston βˆ™ πŸ‘© 130 employees (13%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A marketplace for cars, CarGurus said that dealers have been forced to close due to stay-at-home orders, “effectively pausing vehicle sales.”

🏒 Greenhouse Software βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 120 employees (28%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A maker of applicant tracking software, Greenhouse is the latest recruiting startup to conduct a layoff. Competitor Lever laid off 86 employees (40%) a week before. Greenhouse is offering laid-off employees 8 weeks of severance and 8 months of healthcare.

🏒 ConsenSys βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 91 employees (14%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An incubator of Ethereum projects, ConsenSys cited the coronavirus pandemic as the cause of its layoff. However, the company did not elaborate on exactly how the pandemic has affected its business.

🏒 Casper βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 78 employees (21%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A direct-to-consumer mattress startup, Casper also decided to close its European operations. The company hopes the job cuts will help it achieve profitability by mid-2021. One laid-off employee said, “though I am unsure what tomorrow holds, I do know that before tomorrow must come a good night’s sleep.”

🏒 Freshbooks βˆ™ 🌎 Toronto βˆ™ πŸ‘© 38 employees (9%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An accounting software company, Freshbooks said its small business customers have been affected by the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus. Freshbooks was planning to raise additional capital before COVID-19, suggesting that one motivation for the layoff was to extend the company’s cash runway.

🏒 Sweetgreen βˆ™ 🌎 Los Angeles βˆ™ πŸ‘© 35 employees (10%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A fast casual salad chain, Sweetgreen’s business has plummeted because of shelter-in-place. An employee said that app order volume has fallen by 2/3. Sweetgreen raised $150 million in funding last year, becoming possibly the only salad restaurant ever to raise venture capital.

🏒 Patreon βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 30 employees (13%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • Patreon, which enables artists and creators to accept money from their fans, said that the layoff was caused by “several other factors beyond the financial ones.” It cited a recent performance review cycle and a new company strategy, in addition to the current economic uncertainty.

🏒 People.ai βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 30 employees (18%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A maker of predictive sales software, People.ai denied that the coronavirus pandemic has had any negative effect on its business. It said the layoff was simply to protect against future uncertainty. As would be expected of a sales startup, People.ai also listed multiple examples of how the company is in an extremely strong position.

🏒 Lambda School βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 19 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A training program for aspiring software engineers, Lambda School said the layoff was meant to reflect a shift in priority away from growth and towards student experience. The startup has recently received criticism for the quality of its program and for engaging in misleading marketing.
Groupon

Groupon laid off or furloughed 2,800 employees as local merchants close

🌎 Chicago, Seattle, SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 2,800 employees (44%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Groupon, a marketplace for discounts from local businesses, announced Tuesday it was cutting 44% of its team (2,800 employees). See below link πŸ‘‡for a partial list of 160+ employees laid off, 1/4 of which are engineers. Groupon has seen a β€œmaterial deterioration” in its business due to the closure of local businesses it works with.

See our live Layoffs Tracker for a real-time report of all startups that have done layoffs.

Layoffs Roundup: Thurs 4/16/20

Layoffs continue to ripple through the startup ecosystem. Notable events from the past 2 days include a 35% layoff from Opendoor and a 30% layoff from VSCO.

Below are a few other recent layoffs. Check our tracker for a comprehensive report. If you’ve seen a layoff spreadsheet for any of these companies, please let us know so we can help the affected people!

  • The RealReal, an online marketplace for consigned luxury goods, laid off 10% of its employees and furloughed another 15%. Retailers and e-commerce companies have been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, due to stay-at-home orders and a pullback in consumer discretionary spending.
    • 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 235 employees (10%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • GoPro, which makes action cameras, said it will cut over 200 employees. With fewer opportunities to sell through retail stores, the company will shift its focus to selling directly online.
    • 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 200 employees (20%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Zume, which uses robots to make pizza while it’s being delivered, laid off 2/3 of its team. The CEO decided against using similarly-named Zoom to announce the layoff, choosing instead to send out a company-wide email.
    • 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 200 employees (67%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Carta, which makes software that helps companies manage the equity they’ve issued to investors and employees, laid off 161 people (16%). It believes a slower economy will lead to fewer customers than originally projected. Carta is providing affected employees 3 months of pay and healthcare insurance until the end of the year.
    • 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 161 employees (16%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • TouchBistro, a point-of-sale system for restaurants, laid off 131 employees (23%). Most of its restaurant customers have closed due to shelter-in-place.
    • 🌎 Toronto βˆ™ πŸ‘© 131 employees (23%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Neon, a Brazil-based digital bank, laid off 70 employees (10%). Other Brazilian fintech startups like C6 Bank and Creditas have also recently conducted layoffs.
    • 🌎 Sao Paulo βˆ™ πŸ‘© 70 employees (10%)βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Envoy, which makes a front desk visitor sign-in system, laid off 30% of its staff (58 employees). Its business has been affected by office closures across the country.
    • 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 58 employees (30%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

VSCO

VSCO lays off 45 employees (30%)

🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 45 employees (30%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

VSCO, a photography mobile app, laid off 45 employees (30%) yesterday. The CEO says the cuts were needed to “shift towards running a self-sustaining business.” VSCO is providing a minimum of 7 weeks of severance pay and 2 months of health coverage, as well as assisting with job placement resources. To that end, see below link πŸ‘‡for a list of laid-off employees, mostly in the SF Bay Area.

See our live Layoffs Tracker for a real-time report of all startups that have done layoffs.