As layoffs sweep the startup world, the micromobility industry, which has long struggled to be profitable, is taking a hit. Just weeks after Bird laid off 23% of its workforce, the next round of industry layoffs is affecting Voi and Superpedestrian, according to LinkedIn post from before and current employees.
“… upon us Voi Technology announced today that we are further increasing our focus on profitability and aiming to reduce headquarters-related costs by 25% from current levels,” said Matias Hermannsson, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO at Voi, posted on linkedin on Wednesday. “We are primarily focused on reducing external spending, but unfortunately 35 headquarters-related roles (~10%) are currently filled.”
Hermanson further added that Voi is in a strong financial position after reducing spending in the first half of the year in response to the “changing environment for growth capital” and “does not expect to raise any additional capital in the future.”
Superpedestrian confirmed to Meczyki.Net that it will be reducing the size of its global team by 7%. The company didn’t confirm to Meczyki.Net how many staff members are equal, but except for Superpedestrian’s LinkedIn page, which shows a total of 263 employees, the number of layoffs could drop to around 18 employees.
“This is part of a company-wide effort to reduce our costs and accelerate our path to profitability,” reads a statement from Superpedestrian. “We continue our commitment to providing high quality services to the cities where we operate our shared scooter fleet.”