Blockchain analytics and forensics firm Chainalysis has confirmed that it is laying off roughly 15% of its personnel today. A statement from Michael Gronager, its CEO, cites market conditions as a primary factor for the decision.
This is the second round of layoffs for the US-based firm; the first round back in February saw the exit of 40-50 employees. The firm currently employs 900 for its staff, with 150 of them being let go. Chainalysis has not issued any exact specificities with regards to the staff layoffs and which type of personnel will be released.
Madeleine Kennedy, Chainalysis' vice president of communications had said that: “[this/the] reorganization reflects our ongoing strategic shifts to balance our growth aspirations," adding that Chainalysis has ongoing efforts at focusing on "profitability and maturity" aimed at ensuring the firm remains "agile in light of evolving market forces.”
Most of the cutbacks will originate from the marketing and business development units targeting the private sector. Their roles have grown notably more challenging due to the fact that the price of since its peak at $68,789.63 in November 10, 2021. Today, however, Bitcoin has difficulty breaching even the $30,000 barrier as the crypto market remains flat. The long crypto winter has resulted in a prolonged lull in blockchain activity and engagement and thus a demand for the services of an firm like Chainalysis.
Kennedy has reiterated the importance of firms like in identifying and tracking illicit transactions and serving the future needs of governments. Kennedy has remained optimistic, saying that the firm is still "positioned for long-term success."
Chainalysis offers software and services tailored to assist a range of organizations, including law enforcement entities, cryptocurrency exchanges, and financial institutions. The firm is known for its main product, the Chainalysis Reactor, which is an investigation software that connects blockchain transactions to real-world entities. Anyone can enter a cryptocurrency address and learn which entit(ies) control the wallet. The firm regularly publishes its showing real-world data on the state of grassroots crypto adoption in various countries.
At the same time however, there have been critics Chainalysis' technology and methods in identifying criminals.
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