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.
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 ∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩 669 employees (100%) ∙ 🔗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 ∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩 150 employees (8%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩 112 employees (7%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩 80 employees (40%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩 70 employees (10%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩 39 employees ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 Salt Lake City ∙ 👩 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.
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 👇for the official Uber layoff list, as well as an unofficial Uber layoffs list that we posted previously.
🌎 San Francisco Bay Area ∙ 👩 35 employees (15%) ∙ 🖥 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.
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 👇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.
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 ∙ 🌎 Sao Paulo ∙ 👩1,300 employees (20%) ∙ 🔗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 ∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩500 employees (100%) ∙ 🔗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 ∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩 300 employees (30%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩 100 employees (31%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩 73 employees (50%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩 65 employees (19%) ∙ 🔗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 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∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩 50 employees (10%) ∙ 🔗Source
A data analytics startup, Segment cited economic conditions as the reason for its layoff, but did not elaborate further.
🏢 Cadre∙ 🌎New York City ∙ 👩 28 employees (25%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩 25 employees (18%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩 17 employees ∙ 🔗Source
A business intelligence tool, Mode Analytics laid off 17 employees across sales, marketing, support, engineering, product, and recruiting.
🌎 SF Bay Area, NYC, Chicago, Phoenix ∙ 👩 3,700 employees (14%) ∙ 🖥 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 👇for a crowdsourced list of 250+ employees laid off from Uber.
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 ∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩3,700 employees (14%) ∙ 🔗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 ∙ 🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩900 employees (30%) ∙ 🔗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.
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).
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∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩 160 employees (40%) ∙ 🔗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.
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∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩 135 employees (10%) ∙ 🔗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.
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∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩 40 employees (15%) ∙ 🔗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∙ 🌎 New York City ∙ 👩 26 employees (20%) ∙ 🔗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.
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.
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:
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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.
🌎 SF Bay Area ∙ 👩 80 employees (13%) ∙ 🖥 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 👇for an opt-in list of Lime employees laid off.
🌎 Boston ∙ 👩 130 employees (13%) ∙ 🖥 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, “effectively 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 👇for a list of CarGurus employees who are open to being contacted about job opportunities.