There never seems to be a dull moment in the world of startups. The ever-changing teams and roles prove that almost everything seems to be an experiment in a typical startup. With close to 10 personnel movements, last week saw the maximum amount of executive reshuffles for the month. These included high-voltage names like SoftBank's President Nikesh Arora, and Jabong's CPO Saurabh Geol moving on from their roles in their respective companies.
The funding crunch also became apparent last week, with quits and layoffs being the predominant theme.
Following are the executive reshuffles that caught our attention in the last week of June:
- Crisis-ridden Grofers lays off 10 percent staff, also withdraws jobs
E-commerce marketplace Flipkart’s deferred placements for IIM-Ahmedabad and IIT students has already been in the news for weeks. On Tuesday, on-demand delivery service company Grofers went a step further, by withdrawing jobs extended to five engineering and three MBA graduates, citing market conditions and changes to be the reason. However, media reports indicate the total number of rescinded offers to be 67.
A major social media outrage also broke out on Twitter and Facebook on the cancelled appointments two days before joining date, with hashtags #Grofersisacheat and #BoycottGrofers making the rounds.
Further, if that wasn’t enough, yesterday, news surfaced that the online grocer had let 10 percent of its team go. Employees at the customer support and content team reportedly took the biggest hit.
- Chief Financial Officer of Helion Venture Partners quits
Already plagued by management-level exits, Helion Ventures, on Thursday, announced that Chief Financial Officer R Natarajan had quit the firm. On December 23, Helion Ventures had issued a statement that its second line of command, Rahul Chowdhri, Ritesh Banglani and Alok Goyal, had quit the firm to pursue other opportunities.
According to Founder Sanjeev Aggarwal, the fundamental premise of the three executives quitting had been differences with founding partners on them not being elevated to managing partner positions at the firm.
Natarajan was overseeing Helion’s Bengaluru operations. With his exit, the fund intends to manage its existing operations from Gurgaon, shutting the Bengaluru operations of the VC fund.
He is expected to be succeeded by Sanjay Chaturvedi, previously CFO at Cello Writing and earlier at Amba Research.
- E-commerce portal Koovs witnesses board reshuffle
On Friday, fashion e-commerce marketplace Koovs plc, headquartered at London, announced that Roy Naismith has stepped down from his position as Group Chief Financial Officer and from the Board of Koovs.
Robert John Pursell, who was earlier the CFO of software development business Eviivo Limited, would take over.
- Flipkart appoints new head to its private label business
Flipkart, in its mission to make a comeback with its own brand of products, is making a few tweaks to its earlier private label business model.
It was reported on Tuesday that it had elevated Mausam Bhatt, Senior Director of Mobile Commerce and Online Marketing, to the position of Vice President, in charge of the private-label initiative.
- Appiness Interactive appoints ex-MD of Ogilvy Digital (Singapore) as CMO
Ex-Managing Director of Ogilvy Digital in Singapore Adrian M Odgers was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of Appiness Interactive, last Saturday.
According to the company, in the last 15 years of his experience, Adrian has focussed on conceptualising, restructuring and managing digital and content offerings across EMEA and APAC. Being an angel investor himself, he has worked with companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, SingTel, Adidas, Wunderman, amongst others.
With the funding situation looking weak this year for Series B investments and above, it would be interesting to see how the bigger startups are working in the fund crunch environment.
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- Helion Ventures
- Mausam Bhatt
- R. Natarajan
- Flipkart private label
- Appiness Interactive
- Grofers layoff
- Grofers offers withdrawn