The coronavirus pandemic has caused layoffs industrywide, Layoffs have happened at companies like Bird, ZipRecruiter and ClassPass. This list includes startups that had layoffs reported this past week.
Toast HQ: Boston Cuts: 50 percent of staff though layoffs and furloughs Details: The layoffs at Toast follow a giant $400 million fundraising round in February. The company’s revenue grew 109 percent in 2019 and Toast went on a hiring spree to prepare for more growth in 2020.
Away HQ: New York Cuts: Furloughs for half the team, layoffs for another 10 percent Details: The travel industry has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. With travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders, consumers haven’t had the urge to buy luggage. Luggage retailer Away has seen sales of its products drop by 90 percent in the past few weeks, according to a blog post by the company’s co-founders. While Away closed its 10 retail stores early, froze hiring, suspended the co-founders salaries and reduced leadership’s pay, among other actions, it wasn’t enough to prevent layoffs.
eZCater HQ: Boston Cuts: More than 400 of the company’s 900 employees, according to Axios. Details: “There is not enough sugar on the planet to sugarcoat this: we’re a company that feeds meetings, and meetings are not happening much right now. We were crushing our 2020 plan, until coronavirus hit,” ezCater said in a statement to Axios. “Now, we have to scale back until the world returns. We painstakingly identified the roles we need to be successful today and tomorrow, and are parting ways with over 400 employees across all four ezCater offices.”
Zoox HQ: Foster City, California Cuts: 120 contract workers. Details: Self-driving car startup Zoox said in a statement to The Verge that California’s shelter-in-place order presented challenges and the company had to lay off contractors who weren’t able to work remotely. “This decision was not made lightly, and is an unfortunate reflection of the difficult situation faced by many organizations in an uncertain economic climate,” the company told The Verge. This week was brutal, and showed even the most well-capitalized of startups aren’t safe. We’ll keep updating this list regularly.