CEO Jack Conte wrote in a letter to employees — cross-posted to Patreon’s weblog — that 17% of the employees can be laid off. This impacts the Go-to-Market, Operations, Finance and Folks groups. Patreon can even shut its Berlin workplace, which labored on gross sales and advertising and marketing. The Dublin workplace will shut as effectively, since Patreon desires to consolidate its engineering efforts within the U.S. — the 9 engineers working in Dublin can be provided relocation packages. All affected staff can be provided at the very least three months of severance pay, plus COBRA well being advantages for U.S. staff for the remainder of the yr.
Simply final week, Patreon additionally let go of 5 members of its safety group. Conte wrote that these layoffs “stemmed from a distinct set of causes” from the layoffs at the moment.
“The change final week was a part of a longer-term technique to proceed distributing safety duties throughout our total engineering group, deliver new areas of experience into Patreon internally, and proceed partnering with exterior consultants,” Conte wrote. “Sadly, the change generated concern that we have been decreasing our safety funding, however I needed to make it clear, particularly in gentle of at the moment’s modifications, that we’re in actual fact rising our funding in safety.”
Final yr, Patreon raised a $155 million spherical of enterprise funding, bringing the corporate’s valuation to $4 billion. When TechCrunch spoke to Patreon chief product officer Julian Gutman in December, he mentioned that the corporate deliberate to double in dimension by the top of 2022 — however evidently, these plans have shifted within the months since.
Patreon makes its cash from taking a minimize of the subscriptions that followers pay creators every month, so layoffs at Patreon might be a priority for creators who depend on the platform for sustainable month-to-month revenue.
Along with his letter to employees, Conte additionally wrote on his private Instagram concerning the layoffs.
“I keep in mind how nerve-racking it was after I was a full time creator — earlier than beginning Patreon — to look at firms that I trusted undergo moments like this,” Conte wrote. He mentioned that the rationale Patreon is making these job cuts is to guarantee that Patreon continues to be a dependable monetization device for creators.
It might be a foul signal, although, that creator financial system firms should not resistant to this ongoing tidal wave of tech trade layoffs. Layoffs have additionally affected Lightricks, StreamElements and Jellysmack. Plus, social firms like Snap and ByteDance, TikTok’s mum or dad firm, have additionally carried out job cuts this summer time.
When TechCrunch spoke to Conte in August, we requested the creator-turned-CEO about what he thinks the macroeconomic downturn means for creators. He mentioned it was too early to inform, however he wasn’t frightened about creators in the long term.
“If we’ve got an prolonged recession right here, I believe we’ll must see what the impression of softening shopper spend is on creators,” Conte advised TechCrunch. “However over the long term, I believe the impression is minimal. Have a look at what individuals worth most. […] It’s within the work and expression of artistic individuals.”