Cryptocurrency exchange Blockchain.com is cutting 25% of its workforce, equating to about 150 people, the firm said on Thursday.
- The company cited the harsh bear market conditions and the need to absorb financial losses. The exchange recently revealed it was dealing with a $270 million shortfall from lending to beleaguered hedge fund Three Arrows Capital.
- Blockchain.com said it will close its Argentina-based offices and cancel team expansion plans in several countries. Some 44% of the affected employees are in Argentina, 26% in the U.S., 16% in the U.K. and the rest in other countries, the company said.
- The reduction brings the firm’s staffing back to January levels, a representative told CoinDesk via email.
- Blockchain.com has expanded rapidly in the past 16 months, growing from 150 employees to more than 600. The firm’s fundraising efforts will absorb the financial impact from the collapse of Three Arrows Capital, the Blockchain.com representative said.