Ethereum Incubator ConsenSys Slashes Headcount 14% in Latest Strategic Shift

Ethereum venture studio ConsenSys is shifting focus – and downsizing as a result.

AccessTimeIconFeb 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 12:14 p.m. UTC

Ethereum venture studio ConsenSys is shifting focus – and downsizing as a result.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., company announced at an all-staff meeting Tuesday its latest restructuring would shrink the firm's headcount by approximately 14 percent. When asked, ConsenSys did not explain how many individuals the cuts would affect or state its current headcount.

“In the coming months, ConsenSys will finalize the transition from its venture production model and spin out a number of its internally funded projects into the ConsenSys Investments portfolio,” the company said in a statement.

The move is meant to prioritize the development of some of the ethereum ecosystem’s leading infrastructure platforms. ConsenSys said Tuesday it will “operate a software business composed of several of its products optimized for a modular stack,” including Infura, PegaSys, MetaMask, Codefi and others. 

According to a source with knowledge of the matter, Tuesday’s move will let ConsenSys focus on those four core products. “It really is quite sensible to separate the two business strategies,” the source said.

The company will continue its venture work under the ConsenSys Investments banner, with a focus on “early-stage equity, liquid digital assets, and strategic opportunities where applicable,” ConsenSys said in a statement.

The firm’s enterprise-focused “Solutions” arm will now “directly support the software business,” ConsenSys said.

Led by ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin, the company laid off about 13 percent of its workforce in a late-2018 restructuring dubbed “ConsenSys 2.0.” Tuesday’s move is the result of a “conclusive evaluation” of the company's projects over the past year, the source with knowledge added.

Nikhilesh De contributed reporting.


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