News: ClickUp, valued at $4B, to lay off 10% of employees

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ClickUp, valued at $4B, to lay off 10% of employees

Zeb Evans, the founder and CEO of ClickUp, stated that this restructuring allows the company to become an exceptionally efficient organissation, positioning it as a leading candidate for an initial public offering (IPO).
ClickUp, valued at $4B, to lay off 10% of employees

ClickUp, a SaaS startup known for its workforce productivity platform and supported by prominent investors such as Andreessen Horowitz and Tiger Global, has implemented a workforce reduction, resulting in a 10% layoff of its employees. 

With around 900 employees in total, this translates to approximately 90 individuals, reported TechCrunch. The company's decision aims to enhance efficiency and prepare for a potential public listing, taking into account the current market slowdown.

Last Thursday, TechCrunch obtained information that the San Diego-based startup had informed a portion of its employees about impending layoffs. This information was later verified through an email. 

Additionally, other employees affected by the job cuts will undergo a transition process over the coming months. Those affected by the layoffs include individuals from various teams, such as software engineering, customer service, and support.

“We made the difficult decision to reduce the size of our workforce, primarily to move a portion of our support roles to lower-cost regions. This realignment enables us to be a best-in-class IPO-ready company in efficiency while continuing to overachieve in growth,” said Zeb Evans, founder and CEO of ClickUp, in a statement to TechCrunch. 

Employees affected by the layoffs will receive a comprehensive severance package that includes a 12-week duration, along with six months of insurance coverage and access to the startup's employee assistance program. Additionally, the company has granted the laid-off employees the right to keep their laptops and equipment. Furthermore, support has been extended to those who are on a visa, providing them with necessary assistance during this transitional period.

As part of its restructuring efforts in 2022, ClickUp implemented a workforce reduction, resulting in a 7% reduction in staff. According to a spokesperson from ClickUp, as reported by Protocol, the decision was characterized as a "one-time decision" aimed at maintaining a trajectory toward profitability and aligning the company's operations accordingly.

ClickUp's impressive clientele includes well-known companies such as, IBM, Spotify, T-Mobile, and Netflix. The startup offers a comprehensive platform that combines document collaboration, project management, spreadsheets, and chat functionalities. The company has recently introduced its own AI-based assistance solution, following the footsteps of major tech companies in leveraging artificial intelligence technology.

In 2017, Zeb Evans and Alex Yurkowski founded ClickUp, which recently secured $400 million in a Series C funding round. The funding was co-led by Andreessen Horowitz and Tiger Global, resulting in a post-money valuation of $4 billion for the startup. ClickUp has also garnered investment support from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, Craft Ventures, and Georgian Partners.

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