Evernote, makers of software and hardware for enhancing your intelligence, has laid off about 20 employees in offices around the globe, The Verge has learned. "As a part of our 2015 plan to focus on areas that have the highest impact on productivity and revenue, we've let about 20 staff go globally," a spokeswoman told The Verge in a statement. Some of the layoffs are due to a decision to centralize the development of the flagship Evernote app in two cities — its headquarters in Redwood City, CA, and Zurich — rather than distribute the work globally.
A tipster told The Verge that the layoffs included the head of product in Austin, as well as engineers, designers, and members of the support and quality assurance staff. The move raised fears among staffers that Evernote may close the office, which it opened two years ago to develop products like Skitch and Scannable. But the company said it would continue the development of Scannable, an app for scanning documents, in Austin.
These are the first layoffs to hit Evernote, a seven-year-old company that has raised $290 million and has more than 100 million users. The company announced it would open an Austin office in August 2011, with the goal of developing the then-recently acquired Skitch and other new products in Texas. Today its 400 employees work in 10 offices in nine countries. "We're continuing to hire for positions across the company," a spokeswoman said.
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