Shaival Shah, Ribbon CEO and co-founder

The CEO of Ribbon told employees by email that impending layoffs would be “deeper” than expected. 

The all-cash offers company already laid off 40% of its employees in July.
It would be just one of several proptechs that have downsized this month. 

Another and potentially large round of layoffs at proptech startup Ribbon is imminent, with cuts to be announced as early as Monday, according to an email to employees from CEO Shaival Shah sent on November 15.

While Shah did not specify how many layoffs there’d be in the email, which was reviewed by Insider, he wrote that they’d be “deeper” than the company initially expected, and that severance pay would “differ” from initial plans. The company laid off 139 employees – some 40% of its workforce — this summer, which left the company with around 200 employees on its payroll.

Shah and a spokesperson for Ribbon did not provide a comment to Insider on the email or layoffs by the time of publication.

Inman recently reported Ribbon suspended cash offer service.

Ribbon, founded in 2017 by Shah and chief technology officer Wei Gan, offers software for real estate agents and temporary financing for homebuyers looking to better compete with all-cash offers. Investors like Goldman Sachs and Greylock have provided $900 million in funding since its inception.

Staff cuts would represent just the latest batch of layoffs in the proptech and mortgage sectors, which have been battered in 2022 by soaring interest rates and falling demand. Sales of existing homes in the US declined for the ninth consecutive month in October, the National Association of Realtors said on Friday.

Among recent layoffs, online brokerage Redfin shut down its iBuying business earlier this month and laid off 862 employees, or 13% of its workforce, after cutting 6% of its workers in June. Meantime, iBuyer Opendoor let 18% of its workforce — some 550 employees — go earlier in the month. Like Ribbon, those companies blamed the cooling housing market and widespread economic uncertainty.

Tech company layoffs have ballooned far beyond the niche covered by Ribbon, Opendoor and Redfin, too. Behemoths like Twitter, Amazon and Meta this month axed thousands of jobs, in aggregate, with more likely to come.

Shah indicated that Ribbon’s “situation has changed considerably” …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Proptech startup Ribbon plans more layoffs as economic uncertainty lingers, according to CEO’s email

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