Mozilla cuts 250 of staff as it shifts focus to new products

Employees were notified by an e-mail PDF letter from CEO Mitchell Baker

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Mozilla cuts 250 of staff as it shifts focus to new products. Source: pixabay.com

Mozilla Corporation is forced to lay off 250 people since the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly lowered revenue.

The company’s CEO revealed that the layoffs will reduce Mozilla’s workforce in Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and the US. Another 60 people will be reassigned to different teams.

We are making significant changes at Mozilla Corporation today. Pre-COVID, our plan for 2020 was a year of change: building a better internet by accelerating product value in Firefox, increasing innovation, and adjusting our finances to ensure financial stability over the long term. We started with immediate cost-saving measures such as pausing our hiring, reducing our wellness stipend and canceling our All-Hands. But COVID-19 has accelerated the need and magnified the depth for these changes
Mitchell Baker, CEO

The company also revealed it is going to reduce investment in developer tools, internal tooling, and platform feature development. That’s because Mozilla aims to refocus the Firefox organization on core browser growth through differentiated user experiences.

Besides, Mozilla will be organizing a new product organization that will both ship new products faster and develops new revenue streams. Its initial investments will be Pocket, Hubs, VPN, Web Assembly, and security and privacy products.

We’ve reported that nearly 1,900 of Airbnb staff will have to leave, comprising around 25% of the company.

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