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Drone News: Bad Karma … GoPro to lay off drone workers

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GoPro’s new year has begun with a round of layoffs, primarily affecting the company’s Karma drone business unit. Last week 200 to 300 workers were laid off, according to a report Thursday by tech news site TechCrunch that cites unnamed sources. The report highlights an internal letter to laid off workers that said the cuts were intended to “to better align our resources with business requirements.”

The layoffs highlight GoPro’s ongoing struggle to turn itself around after a turbulent past few years in which its stock has plummeted 91% from a high of $93.70 in Aug 2014 to $7.52 on Friday.

The company has attempted to expand beyond its core video camera business by creating a media and entertainment unit and making drones. But those efforts have failed to catch on, and the company has implemented multiple rounds of layoffs and shuttered its media business.

Even after fixing the technical error, GoPro’s (GPRO, -0.79%) drone never appeared to be a big seller. Although CEO Nick Woodman would say he was optimistic about the drone business, he avoided saying when he thought drone sales would eventually lift the company’s overall sales.


Updated: January 7, 2018 — 9:43 pm
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