Tech layoffs top 15,000 in brutal May

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It’s been a tough month for the tech sector. We have collected week after week layoffs, and according to the aggregator, over 15,000 tech workers have lost their jobs this month. I hope the sun comes out in June.

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A number of tech companies that survived the pandemic-related surge have faced a correction due to a number of factors such as rising inflation, economic hardship, war and changing consumer taste buds. Companies including Meta and Twitter have publicly announced they are suspending hiring, and Snap this week confirmed it was slowing down hiring. because he is not meeting his income goals.

It should be noted that the change in the procedure for hiring, along with the Great Retirementmay mean that the number of employees in the above companies is reduced, as people leave, and companies slowly fill these vacant positions.


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On Thursday, corporate e-commerce platform Vtex announced the layoffs of 193 employees who make up about 13% brazilian unicorn teams.

“The world is changing rapidly and we need to adapt,” wrote founders and co-CEOs Geraldo Thomaz and Mariano Gomide de Faria. letter to employees. “The decision to reduce our workforce was made as a strategic judgment about what organizational structure could implement our adjusted priorities.”

The founders have said they have no layoffs planned and will not cut back on investment in their talent development despite their “high-performing mindset”. Vtex has also put together a public spreadsheet for laid-off workers to let them know they are looking for work. So, if you are looking for fintech talent from Brazil, Well.


PayPal has laid off dozens of employees from its San Jose headquarters, documents show. Like the first It is reported by The Information. and later confirmed by TechCrunch, layoffs affected 83 employees. This is a very small part of PayPal’s workforce, which has over 30,000 employees.

The PayPal layoffs, which have only just come to light, were carried out about a week before the fintech confirmed it was locking his office in San Francisco. Asked about this round of layoffs, a PayPal spokesperson told TechCrunch that he is “constantly evaluating how we operate to ensure we are prepared to meet the needs of our customers and operate with the best structure and processes to support our strategic business priorities as we continue to grow and develop.”

He did not speak directly about filings and layoffs, but said he would continue to recruit. PayPal did not provide specific details about the severance pay offered to affected employees.


Getir is a $12 billion quick commerce startup. reduction of 14% of its staff globally. The Turkish company is estimated to have around 32,000 employees across nine markets, meaning that around 4,480 people will be affected by these layoffs. The company also said it would slow down hiring, investment in marketing and promotions (not in the form of HR, but in the form of coupons for hungry customers).

Just two months ago Gethir raised another $768 in funding, which valued the company at $12 billion as it aimed to deliver groceries to customers within minutes. As with other startups, we may see a drop in value.

“Getir’s plans to operate in nine countries have not changed. In these challenging times, we are committed to leading the ultra-fast food delivery industry that we launched seven years ago,” Gethir wrote in a memo to employees.

The delivery business is a tricky area to turn a profit, and the macro downturn is clearly not helping. U.S. delivery companies, Philadelphia-based startup Gopuff, have also been hit. reduced earlier this year and shelved its plans to go public.


Rival Getira, Gorillas also experienced a tough week of layoffs, resulting in the layoffs of about half of the Berlin headquarters staff.

The instant grocery delivery company has raised almost $1 billion at a $3 billion valuation. seven months ago, but about 300 employees have been laid off this week. The company is also withdrawing from the Italian, Spanish, Danish and Belgian markets and is shifting its focus to its home market of Germany as well as France, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

A source told TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden that the company is estimated to have lost the last $300 million. This may seem like a lot, but not when you’re not making a profit and spending between $50 million and $75 million a month. The gorillas declined to confirm this claim.

From Getir to Gorillas, we may be seeing a market correction after instant delivery became a necessity during the pandemic. While we are not yet immune to COVID-19, many customers are now more confident going to the grocery store than they were in 2020. Thus, delivery companies are faced with music.


Latch, the smart lock company that raised $152 million of high-profile private equity before debuting publicly through SPAC last year, Iconducts another round of layoffs. Earlier this month, the startup laid off 30 people, or 6% of its total workforce, according to an email obtained by TechCrunch.

Now, as confirmed by a press release late Friday night, Latch has announced a total layoff of 130 people, or 28% of its full-time workforce. Sources say the cuts will include Chief Revenue Officer Chris Lee and VP of Sales Adam Sold.

In an email reviewed by TechCrunch, Latch CEO Luke Schoenfelder told employees that the first round of layoffs was carried out to “make sure Latch is on track for sustainable growth.” He also said that Latch will be cutting some areas of the business, but we’re not sure if that means cutting entire products or just cutting resources for each vision. TechCrunch reached out to Latch about the layoffs this week, but has yet to hear back as of press time.


Which is worse: missing your income goals, or filing with the SEC early that you won’t meet your income goals? This is what Snap did this week by noting in 8-K says it expects second-quarter 2022 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to fall below its expectations.

CEO Evan Spiegel addressed Snap in a company memo obtained by TechCrunch. According to his comments during profit for the last quarter, he wrote that Snap’s revenue has fallen due to inflation, as well as the impact of the war in Ukraine on advertising. Spiegel also indicated that last year Changing iOS privacy continues to influence the company.

According to the memorandum, Snap plans to hire more than 500 more employees this year, in addition to the 900 proposals already accepted. That’s a 41% increase from last year, but it’s not as many new hires as the company had planned as some planned hires have been pushed back to 2023. it is not clear how this might affect current open roles.

Spiegel added that Snap will fill vacancies if current employees leave, as long as those roles are of high priority. In addition, Snap executives have also been advised to review their budgets to find ways to cut costs – hopefully this doesn’t mean that layoffs.


Klarna, a buy-now-pay-later company, received two bad news this week. First, the Wall Street Journal informed that it is lowering its valuation to raise new venture capital, which is not good for a company that has already raised more than 3 billion dollars. The news comes just under a year after the Swedish fintech giant raised $639 million led by Softbank Vision Fund 2 at a $45.6 billion valuation.

Then another shoe fell: Klarna co-founder and CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski announced to 7,000 employees that 10% of the company will be laid offwhich means that 700 people will lose their jobs in exchange for severance pay.

“I am no stranger to sharing good and bad news. However, today is the hardest day ever,” wrote Klarna co-founder and CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski in a message to employees. “As much as we’d like it, Klarn doesn’t exist in a bubble.”

The CEO’s announcement does not provide a clear reason for the layoffs, but mentions the many changing macroeconomic and geopolitical factors that have impacted the fintech company.

“When we put together our business plans for 2022 last fall, it was a very different world than the one we are in today,” he said. “Since then, we have witnessed a tragic and unnecessary war unfolding in Ukraine, changing consumer sentiment, soaring inflation, a highly volatile stock market and a likely recession.”

After announcing the layoffs on Monday, Klarna didn’t immediately let employees know if they were going to keep their jobs. Instead, they had to wait for an invitation from the calendar to find out their fate before the end of the week. At least Klarna allowed them to work from home “given [their] Confidentiality.”


One-click checkout startup Bolt has laid off at least 100 employees, including go-to-market, sales and recruiting professionals, sources say. CEO Maju Kuruvilla confirms staff cuts in a blog post but did not say how many people were affected or what roles were targeted.

“It is no secret that market conditions in our industry and technology sector are changing and despite macroeconomic challenges, we are taking steps to adapt our business,” Courvilla wrote in a blog post. “In an effort to ensure that Bolt is in control of its own destiny, the leadership team and I have made the decision to secure our financial position, expand our runway and achieve profitability with the money we have already raised.”

As of May 26, reports pointed out that the number of employees affected was actually 185, or one-third of Bolt’s workforce.


Instacart, a grocery delivery company that has skyrocketed in demand amid the pandemic, is cutting recruits. As first reported new york post office and confirmed by TechCrunch.

“Over the past year, we have hired over 1,500 people and nearly doubled the size of our engineering teams. As part of our planning for the second half of the year, we are slowing down recruitment to focus on our highest priorities and continue to deliver profitable growth,” Instacart said in a statement to TechCrunch. The company says that I have

Instacart is no stranger to stress. In March, the day after the announcement of the new growth plan, the company downgraded its valuation by almost 40% from about $39 billion to $24 billion.

Co-founder Apoorva Mehta stepped down as CEO of Instacart in July and was replaced by Facebook CEO Fiji Simo. Her ascent to the CEO position comes as the pandemic subsides and parts of the world are starting to reopen, a defining moment for the company to rethink the way it does business. Under Simo, several executives left, including the head of payments and the head of human resources.

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