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The effect of bearishness started appearing in the crypto sector! Vauld lays off 30% of employees, mostly from India -Newshubweek

The effect of bearishness started appearing in the crypto sector!  Vauld lays off 30% of employees, mostly from India
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Written by Arindam

Cryptocurrency trading platform Vauld has laid off 30 per cent of its workforce, citing market uncertainty. Coinbase-funded Wold is headquartered in Singapore, but most of its workforce operates from India. This means that amidst the ongoing recession in the crypto industry, Indians working in this sector have started losing jobs. Darshan Bathija, co-founder and CEO of Wald, said it was a mistake to continue hiring into 2022, ignoring early signs of a slowdown.

According to CoinMarketCap, the market cap of the crypto sector was over $2 trillion (approximately Rs 1,56,10,304 crore) around March this year, which is currently at $932 billion (approximately Rs 72,95,882 crore).

Fears of a recession, coupled with the crash of crypto projects such as Terra, have driven a significant amount of capital out of the crypto industry in recent months, making the downturn more intense.

In a blog post, Bathija said last Friday was one of the toughest days for Wald and me, as we decided to cut our workforce by about 30 percent. We did not take this decision lightly, but in view of the economic slowdown, we concluded that this was the right course of action. Not only this, the salary of senior officers of Wald will also be cut by 50 percent.

The company is giving 2 months salary and 12 months medical insurance to the employees who are being laid off. Along with this, help is being given to them to find jobs in this sector.

Four-year-old Wald raised $25 million (Rs 185 crore) in a Series A funding round in July last year. At that time Coinbase had also joined its list of investors. Prior to Wald earlier this month, Coinbase announced a layoff of 18 percent of its workforce. Taking full responsibility for the excessive hiring, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said that the company has added too many members in recent months, which is now making it difficult for the firm to be efficient. Last week, Web3 firms BlockFi and Crypto.com also announced layoffs from their respective companies.

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