Polygon Labs cuts staff by 20% in consolidation

Quick Take

  • Polygon Labs said it cut 20% of staff — around 100 people — to consolidate multiple business units under Polygon Labs.
  • The founders claim its “treasury remains healthy, with a balance of over $250 million and more than 1.9 billion MATIC.”

Polygon Labs announced plans to reduce headcount by 20%, with about 100 staff affected. 

The firm noted it "consolidated multiple business units" under the Polygon Labs banner earlier this year. "As part of this process, we're sharing the difficult news that we've reduced our team by 20%, impacting multiple teams and about 100 positions," a company statement read.

The firm's treasure remains healthy and has a balance of more than $250 million and more than 1.9 billion MATIC; according to its founders, "we have crystallized our strategy for the next several years to help drive mass adoption of web3 by scaling Ethereum," they added. 

Employees will received three months of severance pay, regardless of their level or time at the company, the statement read. Affected employees were told the same in an email seen by The Block, with further information regarding severance promised within 3 days. 

Today's announcement comes months after the firm's head of human resources said it planned to increase overall headcount by over 40%. Bhumika Srivastava said the company hoped to capitalize on the misfortune of other companies in the space. 

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In the intervening period, sentiment in the crypto market and the broader economy has worsened. The collapse of FTX brought crypto prices down across the board and welcomed renewed regulatory scrutiny. All the while, governments across the globe have continued to raise interest rates to combat inflation.

Layoffs, which first affected the crypto industry in June of last year, have come across big tech and continued to affect crypto in the past few weeks. 

Updated to include information on severance packages.


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