Digital Assets: BlockFi And Forced To Cut Jobs Amidst Crypto Market Crash

June 14, 2022 | Digital Assets, Latest News, News

Earlier this month, crypto exchange Gemini Trust Co. said it plans to slash 10% of its staff.

In more signs of pain in the crypto assets market, already in the throes of a massive downtrend, two major players have announced job reductions. While crypto lending platform BlockFi Inc. said Monday that it will slash staff count by a fifth, digital currency exchange announced Friday that it was cutting jobs by 5%. Meanwhile, bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency, is currently trading at $22,592, its lowest price since December 2020. (Bloomberg)

Earlier this month, Coinbase (NASDAQ: COIN) stunned the markets by withdrawing some job offers and freezing hiring indefinitely. Gemini, the crypto exchange founded by the Winklevoss Twins, laid off 10% of staff, blaming the “crypto winter” as well as macroeconomic and geopolitical turmoil for the decision.

Meanwhile the crypto market was dealt a double whammy by the implosion of the TerraUSD stablecoin in May, and this week, a shock announcement by crypto lender Celsius that barred all withdrawals, Swap, and transfers.

BlockFi: “Market Conditions”

Celsius attributed the reason for the ban to “extreme market conditions.”

Blockfi blamed their move to cut jobs on “market conditions that have had a negative impact on our growth rate.” Singapore-headquartered said it was forced to reduce headcount to optimize for profitability and sustainable growth during a market downturn.


In an interview with CNBC Monday, Skybridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci commented: “We are in a bloodbath. This is my eighth bear market. I expect to survive this one as well.”

His advice to investors on bear markets: “If you stay disciplined during those periods of time, you got yourself very wealthy, and I think that’s the message for investors.”

Related Story: Gemini, The Crypto Exchange Founded By The Winklevoss Twins, Lays Off 10% Of Staff

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