- Gemini is laying off 10% of its workforce, per The Information and CNBC.
- It’s the third round of cutbacks in the space of a year as the crypto exchange battles tough economic and market conditions.
- In a memo seen by the Information, Cameron Winklevoss blamed fraud by “bad actors in our industry.”
Gemini is laying off 10% of its workforce, reports say, its third round of cutbacks in less than a year as the company battles “bad actors” and a funds crisis.
Gemini previously trimmed its headcount by 7% in July, per Slack messages seen by Techcrunch, just seven weeks after announcing it was laying off 10% of its workforce, with the Winklevoss twins saying the industry was entering a “crypto winter” after years of expansion.
Since then, the exchange has been caught up in further turmoil. The company has been in a dispute with partner Genesis after it blocked withdrawals from its collective Gemini Earn Program amid contagion effects from the collapse of the FTX exchange.
Both companies were sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the “unregistered offer and sale of securities” following the crisis.
“It was our hope to avoid further reductions after this summer, however, persistent negative macroeconomic conditions and unprecedented fraud perpetuated by bad actors in our industry have left us with no other choice but to revise our outlook and further reduce headcount,” Cameron Winklevoss said in an internal message seen by The Information.
Genesis reportedly owes $3 billion to creditors in the wake of the collapse of FTX, according to the Financial Times, with parent company Digital Currency Group (DCG) looking to sell assets in its venture portfolio to raise cash.
The lock-up in funds has also seen Gemini sued for fraud by some of its own investors after offering 7.4% interest through its Gemini Earn Program.
Gemini didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.