Crypto Layoffs Keep Piling up: Messari Dismisses 15% of its Headcount
Messari – a leading provider of blockchain research and data analysis based in South Korea – added its name to the long list of crypto-focused companies that axed their workforce due to the harsh macroeconomic environment.
It laid off 15% of its staff, believing this was the right step for the long run.
- Ryan Selkis – Founder and CEO of Messari – announced the news on Twitter, asserting that the company will help departing employees with their transition to other organizations.
1/ Yesterday we made the difficult decision to restructure several of Messari’s internal teams, leading to a 15% staff reduction.
We’re grateful for the contributions of the teammates we have parted ways with, and will provide resources and connections to help them transition.
— Ryan Selkis (@twobitidiot) February 23, 2023
- He outlined the “market headwinds” in the cryptocurrency industry and the tech sector as the main reason behind the “tough” decision.
- Despite reducing the team’s size, Selkis said Messari is still looking to hire people for a variety of open roles.
- While the cryptocurrency market has significantly improved its condition since the beginning of 2023, the layoff spree seems nowhere near its end.
- Polygon Labs, Coinbase, Kraken, and Crypto.com are among those who fired a chunk of their staff during the past two months.
- 2022 also witnessed many firms downsizing, with Bitso, Bybit, Huobi, BitMEX, OpenSea, Gemini, and many more being some examples.
- The world’s largest crypto exchange – Binance – remains one of the few that displayed expansion plans. CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) assured last summer that the platform has a “healthy war chest,” opining that the bear market is a great time to hire more personnel.
- He doubled down a month ago, saying Binance is looking to amplify its team by up to 30%.
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