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Mozilla Lays Off 250 Employees As It Refocuses To Make More Revenue

Mozilla is laying off 250 employees, in what it says its a move to refocus some teams on projects to make money. The number represents about a quarter of its workforce, with a spokesperson confirming that the company will have just about 750 employees at the end of the phase.

 

Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker wrote in a blog post that the COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for its new direction. The coronavirus pandemic “significantly impacted [their] revenue. As a result, [their] pre-COVID plan was no longer workable,” Baker wrote.

 

The company had previously laid off 70 employees in January 2020. According to TechCrunch, the company pinned January’s staff cuts on the slow rollout of new revenue products.

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Part of the implications of Mozilla’s new staff cuts is that its operations in Taipei will be shut down. Mozilla gave no further information on which of its other teams the cuts will affect.

 

Additionally, the company plans to forge a stronger path which will include; building community, new products that mitigate harm and ‘that people love and want’ to use. More importantly, Mozilla wants to focus on building new revenue streams.

 

Mozilla makes money from royalties, subscriptions, and advertising. However, most of its revenue comes in the form of search deals with varying search engines. This includes deals with Google, Yandex in Russia, Baidu in China, and Google in the US and many other parts of the world.

 

Mozilla is not alone, like many others it has had to cut employees in the face of dwindling revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“I desperately wish there was some other way to set Mozilla up for long term success in building a better internet. But to go further, we must be organized to be able to think about a different world,” Baker wrote.

 

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