Unacademy's latest round of layoffs comes just four months after the SoftBank-backed edtech laid off 350 employees or about 10 percent of its staff in November.
India’s only profitable edtech start-up is trying to raise funds not because it needs the money, but to increase its valuation and for potential M&A deals.
None of the employees were told about the layoffs over mail, as emails tend to get leaked, sources said. Byju's rather told employees over normal and WhatsaApp calls to join a call over Google Meet and were informed about the layoffs there, sources said
Vedantu had reported a loss of Rs 616 crore in FY21. It spent Rs 489 crore on employees in FY22, 20 percent more than a year earlier.
Byju Raveendran said that the company is experiencing continued momentum in demand for its core business, which is online K-12 learning, even as some of the company's closest competitors are witnessing slower growth following the pandemic.
In a chat with Moneycontrol, Bjyu’s founder Byju Raveendran and co-founder Divya Gokulnath exuded confidence about turning profitable on a company level over the next quarter. They also spoke about exiting some branding contracts to optimise costs.
Byju's currently has three large branding partnerships with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), ICC (International Cricket Council), and FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) that will be up for renewal, but the company will not renew any of them, according to co-founder and CEO Byju Raveendran.
Raveendran also claimed that by the end of this quarter or by the next quarter FY24, Byju's will turn profitable on a company level
The new funding round was a mix of long-term debt capital from venture debt firms Alteria Capital and Stride Ventures and working capital finance from banks such as Standard Chartered Bank, HDFC Bank, and ICICI BankLEAD plans to use the funding for financing the company's organic and inorganic growth.
The startup had in August let go of about 100 employees after a performance review, which the company said was an annual exercise
The latest round of layoffs and Relevel's move to shut down its core business further highlights the predicament of the job guarantee vertical, which was struggling since August last year
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Byju Raveendran's comments on how users like Byju's courses come at a time when the company has been heavily criticised in the media about allegedly mis-selling and over-selling its courses, even to poor families in the country.
Since the beginning of the year, about 50 startups have laid off a large number of employees, citing funding constraints and restructuring, while others have shifted the blame to employees' performance, calling the layoffs standard.
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Employees from across verticals have been laid off but learning content, HR (human resources) and sales enablement teams are the most affected teams
Teachmint has offered a severance package of three months and health coverage to the laid-off employees and would would also expedite the vesting of ESOPs for the affected employees and the laid-off employees can apply for different roles within the organisation
Higher education and upskilling startups have raised $1.1 billion in private equity and venture capital funding so far this year, slightly less than the $1.25 billion raised in the first 11 months of 2021, according to data by Tracxn Technologies.
Amazon launched Amazon Academy in India in January 2021, when the edtech sector was peaking in the country, thanks to stay-at-home Covid-19 restrictions
At least six of the 19 PrepLadder educators are refusing to renew their contracts after their remuneration was cut 30-75%. Five more allege that PrepLadder misled them while renewing contracts. Unacademy was caught in a similar controversy with one of its other portals, Relevel, in September
Masai School will use the funds to launch two new course categories and expand its existing skilling course in software development and data analytics
The layoffs would happen across verticals, some of which would also be shut or scaled down, Munjal told employees in an internal email, a copy of which was seen by Moneycontrol.
So far this year, Indian edtech companies have laid off over 7,000 employees, citing financial headwinds