- Crypto companies inducing Coinbase, Crypto.com, Kraken, and more are cutting off jobs in 2023.
- Crypto.com has laid off a total of 2,110 employees since 2022.
- Crypto.com founder blames FTX’s downfall for damage within the industry.
Bloomberg Crypto’s official Twitter account posted a list of crypto companies that are cutting off jobs as the crypto industry enters another series of meltdowns in the bear market’s second year.
Amongst all the firms, Crypto.com is leading the list with 2,260 job cutoffs since 2022. Coinbase follows next with 2,110 layoffs alongside Kraken with 1,100 cutoffs. Amber Group, Blockchain.com, and crypto bank Silvergate Capital cut off 300, 260, and 200 jobs, respectively.
Meanwhile, Genesis Global Trading, NYDIG, Galaxy Digital, and Digital Currency Group cut off 112, 110, 60, and 10 jobs, respectively. In the first two weeks of 2023, crypto exchange Huobi, Ethereum software company ConsenSys, and Silvergate shredded more than 1,600 jobs before Crypto.com’s massive layoff.
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong addressed his employees in a letter that entailed that the layoffs may continue in the future due to degrading market conditions, and admits that he should’ve proceeded with deeper cuts in 2022 itself.
Additionally, Crypto.com founder Kris Marszalek stated on Friday that he holds FTX’s collapse as the catalyst for significant damage in the industry. He mentioned,
We grew ambitiously at the start of 2022, building on our incredible momentum and aligning with the trajectory of the broader industry…but it did not account for the recent collapse of FTX, which significantly damaged trust in the industry. It’s for this reason, as we continue to focus on prudent financial management.
However, the crypto industry is not the only one braving the cold winds of layoffs and job cuts. As a potential recession looms over global economies, including the US, tech and financial giants Amazon.com Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and BlackRock Inc., are also firing employees on grounds of economic uncertainty in a higher interest rate environment.