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 the employees cut were falling short of their performance expectations. 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 source tells Layoffs.fyi that over 100 people were cut.
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 Uber 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.

Source: Uber.com (Official), Coda.io (Unofficial)

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

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.

Source: Google Sheets

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

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.

Source: Uber.com (Official), Coda.io (Unofficial)

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

Layoffs Roundup: Thurs 5/14/20

This past week saw layoffs from a number of notable startups, including 4(!) data analytics companies (Mixpanel, Segment, Mode Analytics, and ThoughtSpot).

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!

🏒 Stone βˆ™ 🌎 Sao Paulo βˆ™ πŸ‘©1,300 employees (20%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A Brazilian payments processor, Stone has seen a decline in the volume of credit and debit card transactions processed by the company. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns 8% of Stone, which held a hotly-anticipated IPO in 2018.

🏒 Jump βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘©500 employees (100%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • As part of Uber’s $170 million investment in Lime, Uber is offloading money-losing subsidiary Jump, an e-bike and e-scooter startup it acquired in 2018. Reports suggest that all 400-500 Jump employees were laid off, though some were offered interview opportunities at Lime.

🏒 Glassdoor βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 300 employees (30%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An online job board, Glassdoor is the latest recruiting startup to announce layoffs. ZipRecruiter, Greenhouse, Lever, and Triplebyte have all made cuts in recent weeks due to the slowing pace of hiring across the country. Affected employees will receive at least 3 months of severance, accelerated vesting through the severance period, and reimbursed health insurance through the end of 2020.

🏒 Flatiron School βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 100 employees (31%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A coding bootcamp acquired by WeWork in 2017, Flatiron School is closing its Atlanta and London campuses, as well as its design program, in conjunction with the layoff. The cuts were focused on Flatiron School’s design and marketing teams, and come on top off the thousands already laid off by parent company WeWork.

🏒 Zeus Living βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 73 employees (50%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A corporate housing startup, Zeus Living’s 50% layoff comes two months after it already laid off 30% of its team. Last week the company was forced to raise funding at almost half its valuation from December. The company expects revenue to decline by 45% due to the slowdown of business travel caused by COVID-19.

🏒 Mixpanel βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 65 employees (19%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An analytics tool that measures user engagement, Mixpanel’s layoff spanned across sales, marketing and G&A positions. No roles in engineering, product, or design were affected. Half of the layoffs were in San Francisco.

🏒 SalesLoft βˆ™ 🌎 Atlanta βˆ™ πŸ‘© 55 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • SalesLoft said that the users of its sales engagement software have been getting laid off, causing SalesLoft itself to do a layoff. The event is an example of the second-order effects of the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus.

🏒 Segment βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 50 employees (10%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A data analytics startup, Segment cited economic conditions as the reason for its layoff, but did not elaborate further.

🏒 Cadre βˆ™ 🌎New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 28 employees (25%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • An online marketplace for commercial real estate investments, Cadre has been hurt by the sudden slowdown in the real estate market. The company 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.

🏒 Kickstarter βˆ™ 🌎 New York City βˆ™ πŸ‘© 25 employees (18%) βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter lost not only the 25 employees it laid off, but also an additional 30 employees that accepted its voluntary separation package. One of the few tech companies whose employees are unionized, Kickstarter is offering departed employees 4 months of severance, 4-6 months of health insurance, a release from non-compete obligations, and priority consideration if the eliminated position re-opens within a year.

🏒 Mode Analytics βˆ™ 🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 17 employees βˆ™ πŸ”—Source

  • A business intelligence tool, Mode Analytics laid off 17 employees across sales, marketing, support, engineering, product, and recruiting.
Uber

Uber laid off 3,700 employees, with more expected

🌎 SF Bay Area, NYC, Chicago, Phoenix βˆ™ πŸ‘© 3,700 employees (14%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ Customer support, recruiting

Uber, the ridesharing service, laid off 3,700 employees (14%) last Wednesday. The layoff was concentrated in the company’s customer support and recruiting teams. Uber CEO’s letter to staff strongly hinted that more cuts are coming in the next week, including in engineering and product.

The Information reported that as many as 5,400 employees are expected to ultimately be laid off. However, one source tells Layoffs.fyi the total count could be as high as 6,700. In addition, 400-500 employees are reportedly being cut from Uber’s subsidiary Jump, which is being offloaded to Lime as part of Uber’s investment in the electric scooter company.

See link below πŸ‘‡for a crowdsourced list of 250+ employees laid off from Uber.

Source: Coda.io

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.

Uber and Airbnb’s layoffs rank as two of the biggest in tech since COVID-19

This morning, Uber announced it was laying off 3,700 employees (14%) in its customer support and recruiting teams. The CEO’s letter to staff strongly hints that more cuts are coming in the next two weeks. As many as 5,400 employees are expected to ultimately be laid off.

Yesterday, Airbnb laid off 1,900 employees (25%) across all teams. It expects revenue to fall by more than half in 2020 as global travel stays frozen.

This means that in the past two days alone, we’ve seen two of three biggest tech layoffs since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic on March 11:

Company# Laid Off%IndustryDate
Uber3,70014%Transportation5/6
Groupon2,80044%Retail4/13
Airbnb1,90025%Travel5/5
Toast1,30050%Food4/7
Yelp1,00017%Consumer4/9
Magic Leap1,00050%Consumer4/22
Lyft98217%Transportation4/29
TripAdvisor90025%Travel4/28

Not surprisingly, nearly all of these mass layoffs — including Uber’s and Airbnb’s — can be attributed to shelter-in-place orders. Our previous analysis showed that 2/3 of startup employees laid off have come from industries directly affected by shelter-in-place, such as transportation, travel, real estate, food, and fitness. The layoffs have hurt sales and customer success roles most.

Unfortunately, more big layoffs are still to come. Juul is reportedly planning to lay off 800 to 950 employees, roughly one-third of staff. WeWork, which has already cut thousands of employees across multiple rounds of layoffs, expects to continue making cuts through the end of May. Square has managed to avoid a layoff so far, but remains exposed to small business customers in food and retail that have been shutting down en masse.

Our live Layoffs Tracker is tracking all startup layoffs, and has now tallied over 42,000 employees laid off across 374 companies. Best wishes to those affected and here’s hoping that we reach the bottom soon.

Lime

Lime laid off 80 employees

🌎 SF Bay Area βˆ™ πŸ‘© 80 employees (13%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

Lime, the scooter rental startup, laid off 80 employees (13%) last week. The company said it’s had to “pause operations in 99% of markets worldwide to support cities’ efforts at social distancing.” Lime previously cut 100 workers and shut down 12 markets in January before the coronavirus pandemic.

View the link below πŸ‘‡for an opt-in list of Lime employees laid off.

Source: Google Sheets

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

Cargurus

CarGurus laid off 130 employees

🌎 Boston βˆ™ πŸ‘© 130 employees (13%) βˆ™ πŸ–₯ All departments

CarGurus, a marketplace for cars, laid off 130 employees (13%) last month. The company said that dealers have been forced to close due to stay-at-home orders, β€œeffectively pausing vehicle sales.” Despite reducing marketing spend and offering a 50% billings discount to help its dealer partners, CarGurus wasn’t able to avoid laying off staff.

Click the link below πŸ‘‡for a list of CarGurus employees who are open to being contacted about job opportunities.

Source: Google Sheets

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