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Circle Announces Layoffs


Circle, a leading issuer of stablecoins, has recently made strategic changes to its operations. While this has resulted in a slight reduction in its workforce, the company continues to hire globally in key areas of focus.

This strategic shift has involved a renewed focus on core business activities and execution. As part of this process, the company has scaled back or ceased investments in non-core activities and reduced operational expenses. This has led to a marginal reduction in headcount.

However, it's important to note that this is not a step back for Circle. On the contrary, the company has identified new areas for investment and continues to hire globally in key areas of focus. This strategic realignment allows Circle to optimize its resources and focus on areas that offer the most potential for growth and success.

Circle's Expansion Plans

Earlier this year, Circle's finance chief, Jeremy Fox-Geen, shared with the Wall Street Journal that the company planned to increase its workforce by up to 25% as part of its expansion efforts. Despite the recent layoffs, this goal remains in place. The company is committed to continuing its global hiring efforts in key areas of focus.

This strategic shift comes at a time when many crypto companies, including Coinbase and Gemini, have had to make workforce reductions due to the prolonged crypto winter. This period of market downturn has seen crypto prices fall rapidly, leading to a decrease in investor interest in the industry.

Circle's Focus on Asia

In addition to its strategic workforce changes, Circle has also been focusing on expanding its business in Asia. In June, Circle Singapore received its Major Payment Institution (MPI) license for digital payment token services. This license allows Circle to offer certain financial services in Singapore, a major global financial hub.

Furthermore, Circle's CEO, Jeremy Allaire, recently revealed in an interview with CoinDesk Japan that the company is considering issuing a stablecoin in Japan. This comes after Japan passed legislation governing stablecoins on June 1.

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