Are OYO’s deep cuts a reality check for unicorns?

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Hello and welcome again to our common morning have a look at non-public firms, public markets and the grey area in between.

After a quick pause, we’re again on the subject of unicorn layoffs. While it’s cheery that a variety of firms are chugging forward with ARR development powered by environment friendly spend, not each firm has taken a comparable strategy. As we’ve seen within the final six months, many firms that raised massive checks wound up spending an excessive amount of and are actually lowering headcount and different prices.

Today I wish to chew over the most recent information from OYO, which is thrashing a retreat to scale back losses. And, I’m following current notes from enterprise capitalist Bill Gurley about how a lot cash a firm ought to increase earlier than an IPO with out engendering market hypothesis that it’s a cash bonfire, torching money to solid itself in good mild.

Retrenchment

OYO, the SoftBank-backed finances resort startup, is releasing employees, lowering capability and pulling out of some places altogether. The agency, well-known for its hyper-growth and aggressive capital raises, will reduce 1,450 employees, together with 1,000 in its residence nation of India. In reality, the corporate is leaving a number of hundred cities in India and has reduce tens of hundreds of rooms from its rolls, in keeping with experiences.