Beatport “Bloodbath” As Dance Music Startup Lays Off Engineers

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December 8, 2013 by DJ Elroy

Beatport laying people off?

TechCrunch

“These guys will trash the office if we don’t send someone there”, Beatport worried, so it flew HR to its San Francisco office to fire the whole engineering team there, a source tells TechCrunch. Multiple sources confirm the 88-person startup laid off large sets of engineers in SF and Denver this week. [Update: Beatport has confirmed the layoffs.] SFX, the dance music juggernaut that acquired Beatport in February, is axing teams that weren’t making money.

Beatport was founded way back in 2003 and is best known for its popular online dance music store Beatport Sounds that lets DJs download high-quality tracks for use in their concerts. But it also runs a number of other products including Beatport DJs, a social network where artists can connect with fans, Beatport Play, where DJs can download song stems for remixes, and the most recently launched Beatport Mixes, where DJs can sell whole…

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