TechCrunch is reporting layoffs at Rdio and has received confirmation from a spokesperson. Estimates are as high as 35 people which apparently works out to somewhere between a fifth and a third of the workplace. That's a big cut and given that engineering is said to have been strongly affected, an incredibly bad sign for the future of Rdio as a competitive endeavor.
Ingrid Lunden, writing for TechCrunch, reported the layoffs this afternoon.
She quotes a spokesperson for Rdio:
"Rdio confirmed making across-the-board workforce reductions today to improve its cost structure and ensure a scalable business model for the long-term."
That's all they're saying for the moment but the cuts in engineering are described as "significant." Insiders are talking up to 35 people, a huge chunk of staff, especially given the current value of engineers.
One former engineering employee tweeted:
Another tweeted the news in an interesting manner:
At least the engineers can get work immediately if they wish. Still a tough scene on the day of layoffs.
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