GOOD laid off seven employees Wednesday, CEO Ben Goldhirsh told Poynter in a phone call. Two employees, Creative Producer Ewan Anderson and coder Rexy Tseng tweeted Wednesday night that they’d been laid off:
Sad to report I was in the latest round of lay-offs @GOOD – on to new beginnings!
— ewanjanderson (@ewanjanderson) July 11, 2013
The layoffs “stink,” Goldhirsh said, adding that Anderson and Tseng are “great guys.” But “we need to build a team with more expertise in the social landscape,” Goldhirsh said. Eliminating these jobs gives GOOD “budgetary room to reinvest.”
Five of the layoffs were on the organization’s tech side, and two were in creative services, which works across the company’s platforms. GOOD has made about 7 hires since Goldhirsh and I last spoke in September, he said, and these layoffs return the company’s headcount to where they were then: About 80 people work for GOOD.