Mozilla lays off 250 employees; launches talent directory

🌎 Multiple locations βˆ™ πŸ‘© 250 employees (25%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Multiple departments

Mozilla Corporation, best known for developing the Firefox web browser, laid off 250 employees globally. The pandemic’s toll on revenue also caused the company to close its Taipei operations.

Going forward, Mozilla will shift its focus to new revenue-generating products, such as its VPN service, and other security and privacy products. It plans to reduce its investment in developer tools, internal tooling, and platform feature development.

Once the world’s second-most popular browser, Firefox has seen its market share dwindle over the past decade. Its primary revenue model, search engine ads, is susceptible to an economic downswing that curtails global ad spending. In addition, Firefox’s U.S. revenue comes from a recently-extended deal with Google, making Mozilla financially dependent on its rival.

In conjunction with the layoff, Mozilla’s CEO told staff that the company would be creating an opt-in talent directory, to be launched next Monday, August 17. However, the Mozilla layoff list appears to already be live, with over 50 former employees featured (see link πŸ‘‡).

Mozilla is giving laid-off employees severance pay equivalent to base pay through December 31, along with health benefits through the end of the year.

UPDATE: The Mozilla talent directory is now officially live with over 120 entries.

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Asian travel startup Klook releases talent directory

🌎 Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Mumbai βˆ™ πŸ‘© At least 83 employees βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Customer Experience, Business Development

Klook, a travel activities booking platform backed by SoftBank, set up a talent directory to support recently-departed employees (see link πŸ‘‡). In April, the company laid off or furloughed more than 300 employees. That spring Klook saw its revenue drop by as much as 90% as global travel abruptly halted.

It’s not clear whether the Klook talent directory is meant to cover the April layoffs, or if there’s been a new round since then. The website, launched 2 weeks ago, says that the company “recently had to part with great people.”

The Klook layoff list features 83 ex-employees, most of whom were in its Customer Experience or Business Development departments.

The company has witnessed a rebound recently as it caters to the rising demand in staycations.

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