Home Selling Platform Opendoor Cuts Back on Internal Costs

July 2, 2019
Opendoor tech company cuts staff and eliminates free lunch for employees
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Opendoor, a young tech company in the real estate market, recently reduced its number of staff and eliminated free lunch for employees, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Opendoor popularized a new way for consumers to sell homes online, raised $1.3 billion in equity backing and forced companies across the residential real estate industry to rethink their business models. But now, as it targets more growth in an increasingly competitive industry, the company is reshuffling staff and scaling back on a time-honored startup perk: free lunch.

Opendoor, most recently valued at $3.8 billion, began firing almost 50 of its roughly 1,300 employees in June, according to people familiar with the matter. It has also asked between 200 and 300 people in offices across the country to relocate to its Phoenix location, said the people, all of whom asked not to be identified because the company is private. Those employees will have about six to nine months to decide whether to make the move or leave the company.

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