Cryptocurrency Lender BlockFi Set To Cut Staff by a Fifth

Bessie Liu
Bessie Liu June 13, 2022
Updated 2022/06/13 at 8:26 PM
3 Min Read
  • BlockFi CEO says headcount cut is in response to worsening macroeconomic conditions
  • The digital asset service provider will give affected employees opportunities to be included in a directory

Zac Prince, CEO of cryptocurrency lender BlockFi, has announced on Twitter the company will be reducing staff by around 20%.

“Like many others in tech, we’ve been impacted by the dramatic shift in macroeconomic conditions, which have had a negative impact on our growth rate. As a result, our number one goal has been to achieve profitability so that we can extend our runway and control our destiny,” Prince said on Twitter.

BlockFi has seen explosive growth, expanding from roughly 150 employees at the end of 2020 to 850 before the layoffs. In the process, it transformed from a crypto-backed lender into a full-service institutional business that provides “financing, trade execution and private client services to leading institutions globally.”

“Today is a painful day for BlockFi but more so for employees who we have to part ways with. We are doing everything in our power to treat all of our impacted colleagues with the empathy and compassion that they deserve,” a founder’s statement said.

The New Jersey-headquartered firm will give affected employees the opportunity to include their contact information in a directory of people looking for new roles, and will actively connect them with companies that will be hiring.

In February, BlockFi settled with the SEC for failing to register its interest-bearing crypto accounts with the regulator, for which it paid a $100 million fine.

It now joins a growing list of crypto companies laying off staff amid the market slump. Gemini announced earlier this month it would be laying off nearly 10% of its staff and Coinbase announced it would be rescinding accepted offers.

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