Houzz lays off 100 in US and Israel

US residence design web site firm Houzz is ready to put off practically 100 staff within the US and Israel, about 8% of its workforce, the corporate has confirmed. Houzz, which was based in San Francisco in 2009 by Israeli entrepreneurs Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen, has developed an internet site, on-line group and software program for structure, inside design, and adorning, panorama design, and residential enchancment.

Amongst these being laid off are many builders, which isn’t typical of the present wave of layoffs which has primarily hit essentially the most junior staff, gross sales and advertising employees, human assets and administration.

Houzz’s first traders had been Israeli serial investor Oren Zeevi and different Israelis together with Oren Dobronsky and Amos Wilnai. In complete Houzz has raised $663 million from massive funds together with Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, NEA and Yuri Milner’s DST. The corporate was initially based with the intention of serving to householders in Silicon Valley to search out professionals for adorning, renovations and inside design. As its success unfold it expanded worldwide and to incorporate retail features like residence and backyard furnishings.

Earlier than the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, Houzz had been contemplating launching its personal furnishings model however the plan was shelved.

In contrast to most tech corporations over the previous few years, Houzz has trimmed its workforce from 1,800 in 2019 to 1,100 after the most recent layoffs. In 2019 Houzz laid off 180 staff and in April 2020, the corporate dismissed one other 155 staff.

Houzz has for a few years been planning an IPO and in October 2021 filed a confidential prospectus led by Goldman Sachs, in line with PitchBook. However the present state of the US capital markets and luxurious actual property market means it’s more likely to be a while till Houzz holds a flotation.

Houzz mentioned, “Because of the macroeconomic circumstances within the residence enchancment and inside design business, we now have made a very tough choice to chop 95 of our world workforce after the December holidays, about 8% of the full world workforce. This was communicated to our groups just a few weeks in the past. This isn’t a call we take calmly, and we’re dedicated to supporting the affected staff. These affected by this are colleagues and buddies, and we’re grateful for his or her contribution to Houzz. We consider within the firm’s success and are assured that it’s going to come out of this era prospering.”

Houzz is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and has a improvement heart in Azrieli Middle in Tel Aviv, which employs dozens of builders and product managers.

Revealed by Globes, Israel enterprise information – en.globes.co.il – on December 20, 2022.

© Copyright of Globes Writer Itonut (1983) Ltd., 2022.

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