Tippr, the daily deal technology services startup led by Seattle entrepreneur Martin Tobias, laid off 25 employees today as part of a restructuring of the sales organization, GeekWire has learned.

The Seattle company now employs about 45 people, yet still has about 10 open positions.

“The reductions were in merchant sales and part of our ongoing development of technology to scale merchant sourcing over sales people,” Tobias tells GeekWire. “While Groupon has over 6,000 merchant sales people, Tippr has developed the leading exchange/marketplace for daily deals and we continue to invest in technology for merchant acquisition over people.”

Tippr’s daily deal network includes partners such as Microsoft, Fox, Hearst, Yellowbook and others. Together, Tobias said that the marketplace reaches more than 60 million consumers.

“The growth of this network continues to validate Tippr’s enabling technology and reduce the need for our own in-house local merchant sales force,” Tobias said.

Tippr raised a $4 million venture capital round last year from RRE Ventures.

Previously on GeekWireTippr buys DealPop social buying site from WhitePages

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  • Guest

    Was this the third round of layoffs or the fourth?  I guess maybe being a patent troll didn’t pay off this time…

  • Marty

    The silver lining for those who were let go is that they no longer have to work for Marty.

    • SoundersFan

      Is that you Andrew?

  • Adulyuree

    Martin’s an adulterer as well. Kharma’s a bitch.

  • Adulyuree

    Martin’s an adulterer as well. Kharma’s a bitch.

  • Tom

    Tippr is terrible. Martin is terrible. Done.

  • Non-Redundant Employee


    geeze guys, butthurt much?

    • Bob Nue

      Regardless of the situation, Martin Tobias is a Jerk.

  • Kimberly

    Seriously, no way in hell Tippr’s gonna pull out of this.  Look at their management team.  Total joke.  Who does the hiring???  They over look talented, experienced employees  and put kids that get stoned and come and go as they please, in management rolls.  Don’t feel sorry for them at all.  They are now resorting to buying crap from china and promoting them on their own “merchant” web site, along with copying other more successful daily deal sites ideas as a last ditch effort to salvage the company.  And by the their own CFO resigned as well… See the writing on the wall people?!?

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