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Qumulo CEO Bill Richter On Laying Off 80 Employees, Focus On Being ‘All-Channel’

Joseph F. Kovar

“What’s changed is just our perspective on the path to profitability. And we’ve been doing really well in the talent wars, and we’ve scaled up the workforce pretty heavily,’ Qumulo’s CEO tells CRN.

So in which areas were the layoffs more concentrated in? 

We asked leaders to go through every nook and cranny of the business and be able to say this person’s tied to growth, they’re tied to innovation, or they’re doing an absolute business-critical need. And to the extent that areas of the business didn’t have clear answers to those questions, then we took the next path at looking at those roles, and those are the ones that sort of went into the pool for reduction.

Can you give an example of one or two of those roles? 

We had people that were doing interesting work on internal data, about different metrics inside of the business and things like that to influence other groups. And we’re, it’s interesting, it’s nice to have, but in some cases it actually slows other groups down because they have to contribute to providing data and building reports and evaluating reports and meeting over reports. Broadly speaking, I’d say the vast majority of positions that were eliminated were non-critical or overhead.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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