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.

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

  • A maker of predictive sales software, 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, 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.

Trove Recommerce laid off 13 employees

🌎 San Francisco Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 13 employees βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Trove Recommerce, which helps retail brands manage their resale programs, laid off 13 employees last week, according to a company executive. The company provided us an opt-in spreadsheet of employees laid off. See below linkπŸ‘‡if you’re recruiting in the Bay Area.

Source: Google Sheets

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

Layoffs Roundup: Tues 4/14/20

The Tracker has now confirmed 230 startups w/ layoffs and 22,000 employees laid off since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic.

Below are a few of the 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!

  • Groupon, a marketplace for discounts from local businesses, said it expects to lay off or furlough 44% of its team (2,800 employees). Previous reports suggested that only the sales and sales operations teams were affected, but the company’s announcement confirms a significantly deeper cut. Groupon has seen a “material deterioration” in its business due to the closure of local businesses it works with.
    • 🌎 Chicago βˆ™ πŸ‘© 2,800 employees (44%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Meow Wolf, an art collective that creates interactive experiences, laid off 201 employees. Its art installations and live events have been cancelled due to shelter-in-place.
    • 🌎 Santa Fe βˆ™ πŸ‘© 201 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Monzo, an online bank, closed its Las Vegas office and laid off all 165 customer support employees there. The decision was in the works prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
    • 🌎 Las Vegas βˆ™ πŸ‘© 165 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • OneTrust, which makes software that helps companies comply with privacy regulations, laid off 10-15% of its 1,500 employees. The company raised funding at a $2.7 billion valuation just two months ago.
    • 🌎 Atlanta βˆ™ πŸ‘© 150 employees (10%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Omie, a Brazilian startup that sells business management software to small businesses, laid off 136 employees (15%).
    • 🌎 Sao Paulo βˆ™ πŸ‘© 136 employees (15%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Zoox, a maker of self-driving taxis, is laying off 100 employees (10%). The news comes just one week after it laid off all 120 of its contract workers, including its backup drivers. Shelter-at-home orders have affected Zoox’s ability to continue testing its self-driving vehicles.
    • 🌎 San Franciscoβˆ™ πŸ‘© 100 employees (10%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Domo, which creates business intelligence software to help executives manage their business, cut roughly 10% of its staff (about 90 people). The layoff was needed to ensure the company wouldn’t run out of money.
    • 🌎 Salt Lake City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 90 employees (10%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Clinc, which uses AI to create virtual assistants, laid off 32% of its staff (40 employees). In February, the company’s CEO resigned after employee complaints of inappropriate behavior.
    • 🌎 Ann Arbor βˆ™ πŸ‘© 40 employees (32%)βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Mejuri, a startup that sells fine jewelry, laid off 15% of its team. Its retail stores have been closed since late March due to the ban on non-essential businesses.
    • 🌎 Toronto βˆ™ πŸ‘© 36 employees (15%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

Layoffs Roundup: Mon 4/6/20

Last week we tracked 50 startup layoffs affecting over 4,000 people. The post-Coronavirus tally has now crossed 10,000 employees laid off ☹️.

Below are a few of the recent layoffs. Check our Layoffs 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!

  • MindBody, which creates scheduling software for gyms, fitness studios, and spas, laid off or furloughed 700 employees. Nearly 95% of their customers are closed due to shelter-at-home orders.
    • 🌎 San Luis Obispo βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 700 employees (35%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Sojern, an ad-tech startup servicing travel companies, cut 300 employees, about half its staff. Travel advertising in general fell by as much as 90% in March.
    • 🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 300 employees (50%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • AdRoll, an ad retargeting company, laid off 174 employees. According to an employee, the Salt Lake City and New York City offices were most affected.
    • 🌎 Salt Lake City βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 174 employees
  • Velodyne Lidar, which designs sensor systems used in driverless cars for companies like Uber, laid off 140 employees. Workers say the company is using the coronavirus as an excuse when they’ve long been planning to transfer production overseas.
    • 🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 140 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • ThirdLove, a startup that sells bras and underwear, laid off 30% of its team. Other direct-to-consumer companies like Everlane and Brandless were struggling even before COVID-19 due to rising customer acquisition costs.
    • 🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 94 employees (35%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Industrious, a provider of flexible office space, laid off 20% of its staff (90 employees) and enacted furloughs or reduced hours for another 10%. The company joins a growing list of modern real estate companies that have conducted layoffs, including WeWork, Sonder, and Knotel.
    • 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 90 employees (20%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Arrive Logistics, a freight brokerage, cut 75 employees (7%) and furloughed another 35. It cited the coronavirus outbreak’s negative impact on freight markets.
    • 🌎 Austin βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 75 employees (7%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • Bustle Digital Group, a media company that owns Bustle, Elite Daily, and Mic, laid off 24 employees. The entire staff of The Outline, a culture site, was let go as part of the layoff.
    • 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 24 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source
  • The Wing, a co-working space for women, laid off half of its headquarters staff. It said it saw 95% of its revenue “disappear overnight.”
    • 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 50% of employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

Layoffs Roundup: Mon 3/30/20

Since Thursday, unicorn startups ZipRecruiter, WeWork, Knotel, Getaround, and OneWeb have each laid off hundreds of employees, and over 20 startups in total have cut jobs.

Below are a few of the recent layoffs. Check out our Layoffs Tracker for a comprehensive, real-time report. If you’ve seen a layoff spreadsheet for any of these companies, please let us know!

  • ZipRecruiter, the online hiring marketplace, laid off over 400 employees (39%). The company has seen its customers drastically slow down hiring and expects to miss revenue projections.
    • 🌎 Santa Monica βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 400 employees (39%) βˆ™ πŸ”—WSJ
  • WeWork, the co-working company, laid off 250 employees. This follows a previous round of layoffs in November, but is supposedly unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic.
    • 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 250 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Reuters
  • Everlane, an e-commerce site for luxury clothing, laid off or furloughed 200 workers, primarily in their retail and backend operations functions.
    • 🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 200 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—WWD
  • Knotel, which leases office space to companies, laid off 127 employees (30%) and furloughed an additional 68 employees (20%). The layoffs affected multiple departments and locations. Real estate startups like Knotel continue to suffer due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    • 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 127 employees (30%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Commercial Observer
  • Getaround, the car sharing startup, laid off 100 employees (25%). This follows a previous round of layoffs in January. Getaround is suffering from both the coronavirus pandemic as well as a pullback in funding from its main backer, Softbank.
    • 🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 100 employees (25%) βˆ™ πŸ”—BizJournals
  • OneWeb, which builds satellites that provide internet access, filed for bankruptcy and announced layoffs. It said it had failed to secure further funding.
    • 🌎 London βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό Hundreds of employees βˆ™ πŸ”—BBC
  • Zipcar, the rental car company, laid off 20% of staff. The travel industry continues to be disrupted by the coronavirus.
    • 🌎 Boston βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό Hundreds of employees (20%) βˆ™ πŸ”—BostonInno
  • Restaurant365, which makes restaurant management software, laid off a “big chunk” of its 400 employees. It has seen a 75% decline in YoY sales.
    • 🌎 Irvine βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’ΌUnknown # affected βˆ™ πŸ”—Crunchbase News
  • Textio, which helps companies write better job descriptions, laid off 30 employees (20%).
    • 🌎 Seattle βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 30 employees (20%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Geekwire
  • B8ta, a retailer for consumer electronics and home goods, laid off over half of its corporate staff and furloughed its retail employees.
    • 🌎 San Francisco βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό 50% of corporate employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Retail Dive
  • Pivot3, which develops hyperconverged infrastructure, laid off a significant portion of its 250 employees.
    • 🌎 Austin βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό Unknown # affected βˆ™ πŸ”—Blocks and Files
  • DataRobot, which helps companies manage their machine learning models, significantly reduced headcount.
    • 🌎 Boston βˆ™ πŸ‘©β€πŸ’Ό Unknown # affected βˆ™ πŸ”—BostonInno

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