Spotify to slash over 500 jobs worldwide, as Dawn Ostroff exits streaming platform

Spotify has introduced at the moment (January 23) that it’s within the strategy of slashing over 500 jobs worldwide.

The agency confirmed in an SEC submitting that it’s decreasing its worker base by “about 6% throughout the corporate”.

In the identical submitting, Spotify confirmed that Daybreak Ostroff, Chief Content material & Promoting Enterprise Officer, is to go away the corporate.

“Ms. Ostroff will assume the position of a senior advisor to the Firm to assist facilitate this transition,” stated Spotify.

Ostroff joined Spotify in 2018 as Chief Content material Officer.

Spotify additionally introduced that, as a part of its “reorganization”, Alex Norström, presently Chief Freemium Enterprise Officer, and Gustav Söderström, presently Chief Analysis & Growth Officer, will every tackle extra tasks and be appointed as co-Presidents of the corporate.

On the finish of Q3 2022, in keeping with an investor presentation, Spotify employed 9,808 full-time workers globally. Six % of 9,808 is 588.

Spotify stated in its SEC submitting at the moment that the headcount discount would incur roughly EUR €35-45 million in severance-related prices.

Information of Spotify’s lay-offs come after Alphabet, mother or father of Google, final week introduced that it was chopping 6% of its international workforce.

In a letter issued to workers at the moment, Spotify’s co-founder and CEO, Daniel Ek, wrote: “Over the following a number of hours, one-on-one conversations will happen with all impacted workers”.

He added: “To supply some perspective on why we’re making this resolution, in 2022, the expansion of Spotify’s OPEX outpaced our income development by 2X. That will have been unsustainable long-term in any local weather, however with a difficult macro surroundings, it will be much more troublesome to shut the hole.

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Spotify

“I take full accountability for the strikes that received us right here at the moment.”

Daniel Ek, Spotify

“As you might be effectively conscious, over the previous couple of months we’ve made a substantial effort to rein-in prices, nevertheless it merely hasn’t been sufficient. So whereas it’s clear this path is the fitting one for Spotify, it doesn’t make it any simpler — particularly as we take into consideration the numerous contributions these colleagues have made.”

“Like many different leaders, I hoped to maintain the robust tailwinds from the pandemic and believed that our broad international enterprise and decrease threat to the affect of a slowdown in adverts would insulate us. In hindsight, I used to be too bold in investing forward of our income development.”

Stated Ek: “I take full accountability for the strikes that received us right here at the moment.”

Spotify reported that it added 7 million internet Premium subscribers to its person base in Q3 2022, taking its complete international paying subs viewers to 195 million.

By way of funds, Spotify generated EUR €3.036 billion (USD $3.06bn) in quarterly revenues in Q3, up +12% YoY at fixed forex.  Subscriber/Premium revenues weighed in at €2.651 billion ($2.70bn) in Q3, up +13% YoY at fixed forex.


The previous six months have seen the expertise sector and elements of the music enterprise hit with a sequence of layoffs.

In August, music streaming platform and Spotify rival SoundCloud began the method of decreasing its personal international workforce by roughly 20%

Additionally in August, US-based assortment society BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) was reported to be shedding “slightly below 10%” of its complete workforce.

Quite a few silicon valley giants have additionally decreased their workforces in current months.

On Friday, Alphabet, mother or father firm to Google was revealed to be chopping 12,000 roles (round 6% of its workforce).

Final week additionally noticed Microsoft announce 10,000 job cuts.

In the meantime, Fb mother or father Meta introduced 11,000 job cuts in November, and Amazon introduced 18,000 cuts in January.

In line with monitoring web site Layoffs.fyi, 173 tech corporations have applied layoffs up to now this yr, with a complete of 55,970 tech staff shedding their jobs.

Layoffs as a cost-saving measure are additionally going down in industries past tech, with The Monetary Instances reporting over the weekend that the banking sector is making ready for its ‘deepest job cuts because the monetary disaster’, with the likes of ‘Credit score Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley already shedding workers’.


You’ll be able to learn the word from Daniel Ek to SPOT workers in full under:

As we are saying in our Band Manifesto, change is the one fixed. For that reason, I proceed to reiterate that velocity is probably the most defensible technique a enterprise can have. However velocity alone will not be sufficient. We should additionally function with effectivity. It’s these two issues collectively that may gasoline our long-term success. With this in thoughts, I’ve some necessary information to share at the moment.

Whereas we’ve got made nice progress in enhancing velocity in the previous couple of years, we haven’t targeted as a lot on enhancing effectivity. We nonetheless spend far an excessive amount of time syncing on barely totally different methods, which slows us down. And in a difficult financial surroundings, effectivity takes on higher significance. So, in an effort to drive extra effectivity, management prices, and velocity up decision-making, I’ve determined to restructure our group.

To start out, we’re essentially altering how we function on the high. To do that, I shall be centralizing nearly all of our engineering and product work beneath Gustav as Chief Product Officer and the enterprise areas beneath Alex as Chief Enterprise Officer. I’m completely satisfied to say that Gustav and Alex, who’ve been with Spotify for a very long time and have performed nice work, shall be main these groups as co-presidents, successfully serving to me run the corporate day-to-day. They’ll inform you extra about what this implies within the coming days, however I’m assured that with their management, we’ll have the ability to obtain nice issues for Spotify.

Personally, these adjustments will permit me to get again to the half the place I do my greatest work—spending extra time engaged on the way forward for Spotify—and I can’t wait to share extra about all of the issues we’ve got coming.

As part of this transformation, Daybreak Ostroff has determined to depart Spotify. Daybreak has made an amazing mark not solely on Spotify, however on the audio business general. Due to her efforts, Spotify grew our podcast content material by 40x, drove vital innovation within the medium and have become the main music and podcast service in lots of markets. These investments in audio supplied new alternatives for music and podcast creators and in addition drove new curiosity within the potential of Spotify’s audio promoting. Because of her work, Spotify was in a position to innovate on the adverts format itself and greater than double the income of our promoting enterprise to €1.5 billion. We’re enormously grateful for the pivotal position she has performed and need her a lot success. Within the close to time period, Daybreak will assume the position of senior advisor to assist facilitate this transition. Alex will tackle the accountability for the content material, promoting and licensing work going ahead and also you’ll hear extra from him on that.

The necessity to grow to be extra environment friendly

That brings me to the second replace. As a part of this effort, and to deliver our prices extra in line, we’ve made the troublesome however crucial resolution to scale back our variety of workers.

Over the following a number of hours, one-on-one conversations will happen with all impacted workers. And whereas I imagine this resolution is correct for Spotify, I perceive that with our historic concentrate on development, lots of you’ll view this as a shift in our tradition. However as we evolve and develop as a enterprise, so should our method of working whereas nonetheless staying true to our core values.

To supply some perspective on why we’re making this resolution, in 2022, the expansion of Spotify’s OPEX outpaced our income development by 2X. That will have been unsustainable long-term in any local weather, however with a difficult macro surroundings, it will be much more troublesome to shut the hole. As you might be effectively conscious, over the previous couple of months we’ve made a substantial effort to rein-in prices, nevertheless it merely hasn’t been sufficient. So whereas it’s clear this path is the fitting one for Spotify, it doesn’t make it any simpler—particularly as we take into consideration the numerous contributions these colleagues have made.

Like many different leaders, I hoped to maintain the robust tailwinds from the pandemic and believed that our broad international enterprise and decrease threat to the affect of a slowdown in adverts would insulate us. In hindsight, I used to be too bold in investing forward of our income development. And for that reason, at the moment, we’re decreasing our worker base by about 6% throughout the corporate. I take full accountability for the strikes that received us right here at the moment.

My focus now could be on guaranteeing that each worker is handled pretty as they depart. Whereas Katarina will present extra element on all the specifics across the methods we’re dedicated to supporting these proficient bandmates, the next will apply to all impacted workers:

  • Severance pay: We’ll begin with a baseline for all workers with the typical worker receiving roughly 5 months of severance. This shall be calculated based mostly on native discover interval necessities and worker tenure.
  • PTO: All accrued and unused trip shall be paid out to any departing worker.
  • Healthcare: We’ll proceed to cowl healthcare for workers throughout their severance interval.
  • Immigration assist: For workers whose immigration standing is related with their employment, HRBPs are working with every impacted particular person in live performance with our mobility group.
  • Profession Assist:  All workers shall be eligible for outplacement companies for two months.
What’s Subsequent

In nearly all respects, we achieved what we got down to do in 2022 and our general enterprise continues to carry out properly. However 2023 marks a brand new chapter. It’s my perception that due to these robust selections, we shall be higher positioned for the longer term. Now we have bold objectives and nothing has modified in our dedication to attaining them.

We’ve come a great distance in our efforts to construct a complete platform for creators of all ranges, however there’s nonetheless a lot to be performed. To actually grow to be the go-to vacation spot for creators, we have to preserve enhancing our instruments and expertise, discover new methods to assist creators have interaction with their audiences, develop their careers, and monetize their work.

The truth is, taking a look at our roadmap, with the adjustments we’re making and what we’ve got deliberate to share at our upcoming Stream On occasion, I’m assured that 2023 shall be a yr the place customers and creators will see a gentle stream of improvements not like something we’ve got launched within the final a number of years. I’ll share extra about these thrilling developments within the coming weeks.

Lastly, I hope you’ll be part of me tomorrow for Unplugged.

And once more, for these of you who’re leaving, I thanks for all the things you’ve performed for Spotify and need you each future success.

– DanielMusic Enterprise Worldwide


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