Bitcoin Financial Services Firm Unchained Capital Cutting Staff, Reshuffling Management

While the company has no exposure to FTX, the extended bitcoin bear market is taking a toll on parts of the business.

AccessTimeIconNov 18, 2022 at 10:32 p.m. UTC
Updated Nov 22, 2022 at 4:07 p.m. UTC

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Unchained Capital reduced its workforce by about 15% and moved its head of business development, Parker Lewis, to the board of directors. Chief Product Officer Will Cole was moved to a senior advisory role.

In a blog post discussing the jobs cuts, co-founder and CEO Joe Kelly said on Friday that while Unchained has never had exposure to FTX, Alameda or any other institutions that have lost client funds, "funding for bitcoin-backed loans has been materially constrained by recent market events."

He noted that his company is seeing record numbers of new clients, bitcoin deposits and trading volumes, and the loan book currently has a 214% collateral-to-principal ratio.

"We have admittedly made mistakes along the way," wrote Parker Lewis in a separate blog post discussing the moves. "Despite having weathered every storm without incurring a loan loss, we expanded the team quicker than we otherwise would have had we better accounted for the current market environment."

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