BitGo, one of the most prominent custody service providers in the cryptocurrency space, has reportedly laid off a significant amount of its staff. Industry news source The Block broke the news earlier this week. Citing a confirmation from the firm, the news medium announced that BitGo had laid off 12 percent of its workforce.
Time to Reorganize
A representative from the firm explained that the move was necessitated by a need to reorganize the company’s teams, especially in the wake of new market entrances and the introduction of new products. The layoffs also cut across several company units, including marketing and sales.
“BitGo’s evolution to become a digital asset financial services firm for the institutional market has accelerated with two acquisitions in the last quarter… We are making changes to strengthen the business and reorganize our teams,” the company reportedly said in a statement.
The news is coming hot on the heels of several significant developments from the firm, however. On Thursday, BitGo acquired Lumina, a tax and portfolio management solution provider that focuses on institutional clients.
The purchase formed a significant part of BitGo’s desire to diversify its business and incorporate more services than just custody solutions. Moving forward, Lumina will completely incorporate BitGo’s product offerings, while the latter will absorb the firm’s core team too. Also, Chen Fang, Lumina’s former chief executive, will now act as the chief product officer at BitGo.
Thanks to the deal, BitGo will now be able to strengthen its service offering and provide tax and reporting tools for institutions in the crypto space. Lumina already built two of such tools, named Lumina Tax and Lumina Portfolio. Both offer a unified dashboard for institutions to track their portfolio performances across several exchanges, while also keeping tabs on their tax obligations.
Fang had described the tools as being smart and with a promising future….