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Robinhood Layoffs Blamed on Rapid Growth, Too Much ‘Complexity’

Kelly Lee
Digital Content Specialist

Fintech app Robinhood plans on shedding 9 % of its workers.

In accordance with TechCrunch, Robinhood has 3,400 workers, that means these reductions will impression roughly 300 of them. “As you recognize, all through 2020 and H1 2021, we went via a interval of hyper development accelerated by a number of components together with pandemic lockdowns, low rates of interest, and monetary stimulus,” Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev wrote in a company weblog posting. “This fast headcount development has led to some duplicate roles and job capabilities, and extra layers and complexity than are optimum.”

Regardless of the cuts, Tenev insisted the corporate’s product roadmap stays intact. “We are going to proceed to speed up our product momentum via 2022 and can introduce key new merchandise throughout Brokerage, Crypto, and Spending/Saving,” he wrote. “We are going to retain and proceed to rent distinctive expertise in key roles and supply further studying and profession development alternatives for our workers.”

The layoff announcement drove down Robinhood’s share value, which is already considerably under its IPO ranges. Final quarter, the corporate posted a internet lack of $423 million, which its CFO attributed to bills associated to rising headcount and compensation.  

Robinhood loved a surge of recognition in the course of the pandemic as hundreds of thousands of consumers used the app to put money into “meme shares” and different equities. At one level, the app reportedly had 16 million lively customers, forcing its software program engineers to make use of all their abilities to maintain every thing steady and operating. In trade, these technologists earned beneficiant salaries—, which crowdsources compensation knowledge, estimated that entry-level software program engineers may earn practically $200,000 per yr in inventory, wage and bonuses.

Given the present turmoil within the markets, fintech corporations that emerged in the course of the pandemic—together with Coinbase, Stripe, and Sq.—may face new challenges and a radically modified surroundings. These companies might want to lean even more durable on their technologists to invent new options and providers that may hold customers —and spending cash. In the event that they don’t succeed, the implications are layoffs and a crashing inventory value.

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