CityGrid chops two-thirds of staff; Urbanspoon untouched

CityGrid Media, the local search pioneer and parent company of Urbanspoon, Insider Pages and Citysearch, has cut two-thirds of its staff as it continues to undergo changes in a bid to reach profitability. “The layoffs will increase operating efficiency, reduce costs and have a meaningful impact on the company’s future profitability,” a spokesperson tells GeekWire…. Read More


Game over? Heavily-funded iPad device maker Discovery Bay Games vanishes without explanation

It looks like time has run out on Discovery Bay Games, a Seattle-based maker of gaming accessories and add-ons for tablet computers. Sources tell GeekWire that the company closed its doors in May. We contacted Bob Belknap, VP of Finance at Discovery Bay Games, but he would neither confirm nor deny the closure. Belknap said he “couldn’t… Read More

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Zynga trims Seattle office

Zynga’s 2-year-old Seattle engineering office was largely spared in the game maker’s most recent layoff announcement, especially when compared to other branch offices that were reportedly shut down. But the layoffs of 18 percent of Zynga’s workforce are still having an impact in Seattle, though fairly minimal. According to a filing with the State of Washington’s… Read More


Report: Zulily rival Totsy is going down the tubes

Did Totsy just tumble? That’s the word from PandoDaily, which reports that the money-losing New York-based flash sales site is chopping its staff of 83 and looking to sell its list of four million email subscribers. That could mean one less competitor for Zulily, the fast-growing Seattle e-commerce giant which, like Totsy, specializes in selling… Read More


Digital marketing firm AudienceScience trims staff

AudienceScience is cutting staff again. The Bellevue digital marketing company, formerly known as Revenue Science and digiMine, has laid off employees. “AudienceScience had a small strategic layoff to further align employee skillsets with its enterprise technology offering,” the company said in a statement. The company declined to say how many people were let go, though… Read More


Report: Boeing to cut 1,500 IT workers in Seattle area

The market for information technology professionals is red hot in some aspects of the Seattle technology industry, with companies like Tableau, Zillow and not able to hire fast enough. But it is a different story at Boeing. The aerospace giant is expected to cut 1,500 IT workers over the next three years, about a… Read More


Is this the end of the road for Ignition-backed Ratify?

Bellevue-based Ratify, a stealthy startup that was developing a data analytics platform to better understand network information, notified employees this week that it is ceasing operations, according to a source who was familiar with the changes. It’s unclear why the company pulled the plug, or what’s next for the Ratify technology. However, the company’s Web… Read More


Mobile analytics startup Medio trims staff in ‘realignment’

Medio laid off a number of employees in engineering, network operations and testing this week as the Seattle mobile analytics startup undergoes what CEO Robert Lilleness describes as a “realignment.” The news comes just a few days after Medio co-founder David Bluhm returned to the company as chief marketing officer, one of several new executive… Read More


Layoffs hit Memory Lane, operator of

Memory Lane, the social networking site that operates, has laid off staffers at its offices in the Seattle area, sources tell GeekWire. We’ve reached out to Memory Lane’s parent company, United Online, for comment and we will update this post as we learn more. We’re hearing that positions were eliminated in a number of… Read More


Seeking a new combination, social commerce startup Lockerz confirms cutbacks

Lockerz, the heavily-funded social commerce startup, has reportedly laid off a chunk of its staff and closed down an office in San Diego. TechCrunch reports that about 30 percent of the staff at the headquarters in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood lost their jobs in the restructuring, including chief product officer Michael Walton. We’ve reached out… Read More


LivingSocial cuts 400 staffers, Seattle office takes a hit

LivingSocial, the Washington D.C.-based daily deals site, has laid off 400 staffers as it aims to turn a profit, a spokesperson tells All Things D. That amounts to a 10 percent cutback, leaving the company with about 4,100 employees. Backed by, LivingSocial operates a branch office in Seattle, which we’ve heard was impacted in… Read More


Poor earnings leads to Glu layoffs at Kirkland studio

A lowered fourth quarter guidance has sent the stock of San Francisco-based game publisher Glu south and resulted in layoffs at its Kirkland office. On the company’s Nov. 2 conference call, Glu announced that it would hold total R&D investment flat between 2012 and 2013. As a result, the company restructured and the president of… Read More

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CityGrid Media cuts staff, but Urbanspoon keeps growing

CityGrid Media, the parent company of Urbanspoon, Insider Pages, Buzz Labs and Citysearch, announced today that it is cutting 15 percent of its staff in a shift of advertising models from cost-per-click to cost-per-acquisition, reports TechCrunch. The move comes six months after SeamlessWeb co-founder Jason Finger was appointed CEO. TechCrunch notes that the layoffs are… Read More


Paul Allen-backed news aggregator Evri calls it quits

Evri has met the end of the road. The Seattle startup, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has decided to wind down its commercial offerings, focusing now on R&D efforts, GeekWire has learned. “Evri has made the decision to change course and look for other applications of its patented semantic technologies,” said former CEO Will… Read More


Social media agency Spring Creek Group cuts staff

Nearly a year after it was acquired by Interpublic Group’s Mediabrands unit, Seattle social media agency Spring Creek Group has laid off a significant number of employees. We’ve reached out to the company to get more details on the restructuring, and we’ll update the post as we learn more. We’ve heard up to 40 percent of… Read More

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PopCap pulls plug on Dublin office, cutting 96 jobs

PopCap Games is cutting back even further, announcing today that it closed its offices in Dublin, Ireland. Ninety-six employees are losing their jobs as a result of the closure, which should not come as a surprise. At the time of last month’s announcement, the maker of Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled said it was considering shutting down the Ireland… Read More


Data I/O reduces staff

Data I/O, a 40-year-old Redmond company that makes device programming and IP management technologies for the wireless, consumer electronics and automotive industries, announced today that it is undergoing a restructuring in which employees and contractors are losing their jobs. The company didn’t say how many people are affected in the restructuring, which is expected to reduce quarterly… Read More


RealNetworks to run divisions as standalone units in possible prelude to bigger moves

RealNetworks plans to start running three of its divisions as standalone business units, saying it wants to make them more accountable for their own financial and operational performance. The company’s RealPlayer, Software as a Service and Games units will become more autonomous as a result of the changes. RealNetworks declined to comment beyond a regulatory… Read More


Online game maker En Masse Entertaiment cuts staff

En Masse Entertainment, which is developing the online game TERA, has cut staff at its operations in Seattle, according to a report by gaming industry news site Joystiq. Originally launched in Korea, TERA debuted in North America in May. “Today, we had to let go of some of the great talent at En Masse Entertainment,”… Read More