Major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is starting 2023 with more layoffs, letting go of another 20% of its employees in a second major wave of layoffs.
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong officially announced on Jan. 10 that Coinbase will cut 950 jobs as part of the company’s measures to reduce the firm’s operating costs by around 25% amid the ongoing crypto winter.
Armstrong emphasized that Coinbase is “well capitalized,” and crypto “isn’t going anywhere,” but the firm has to proceed with layoffs in order to keep the “appropriate operational efficiency.”
“In fact, I believe recent events will ultimately end up benefiting Coinbase greatly,” Armstrong stated, referring to the growing regulatory clarity and Coinbase’s opportunities due to the failure of FTX. He added:
“But it will take time for these changes to come to fruition, and we need to make sure we have the appropriate operational efficiency to weather downturns in the crypto market and capture opportunities that may emerge.”
The latest layoffs come months after Coinbase initially reduced its headcount by 18% in June 2022, with Armstrong citing a starting economic recession.
This article is developing and will be updated.