- AOL – 700
- Google – 100
- IBM – more than 2,800
- LiveJournal – 12
- Microsoft – 5,000
- Sprint Nextel – 8,000
- Viacom – 850
- World Avenue – 30 percent of workforce
- Yahoo – 1,520
- Zango – more than 100
Yesterday I posted about how the pending Yahoo! Layoff could potentially mean a windfall for mid sized companies looking for talented people in the interactive space. TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld seems to have come upon a company that took this to a whole new level (TokBox).
Today, 1,500 people at Yahoo are losing their jobs, as layoffs across the tech landscape approaches 100,000. But for start ups lucky enough to have cash to hire, 1,500 soon-to-be-unemployed Yahoos is a recruiting opportunity.
Video chat start-up Tobbox (which raised $10million in August) will be parking a taco truck outside of Yahoo headquarters today, handing out free tacos and job applications. TokBox only has five jobs to fill, so maybe they can make room in the truck for other hiring start-ups.
Kudos to TokBox for taking it to the streets. Although I’m not sure how successful they’ll be in their recruiting efforts – TokBox just bought themselves some serious free PR across the interactive ecosystem.
According to the Alley Insider:
In mid-November, Kara Swisher reported that the bloodletting would take place on December 10, this coming Wednesday.
Layoffs from Yahoo! could mean great news for Yahoo! competitors in the online advertising ecosystem. It’s strikes me that some of these individuals being laid off are not being asked to leave due to poor performance. It’s also worth stating that these are highly training people with a depth and breath of experience in the online world that is highly saught after. I see opportunity here for the few companies that may be in hiring mode to get highly qualified candidates at reduced salaries.