Fintech Amount Lays Off 18% of Staff Members

Virtual banking tech provider Amount is the latest Fintech firm to trim down its workforce, reducing its employee headcount by around 18%, according to a recent report from TechCrunch.

Amount offers retail banking and point-of-sale tech to customers such as Banco Popular, HSBC, Regions Bank and TD Bank, assisting them with their transition to digital financial services.

In 2021, Amount had achieved unicorn status (valued at $1 billion or more) after securing $100 million in capital via a Series D round, some of which had been allocated to accelerate its recruiting efforts to support the firm’s product, tech and sales teams. At that time, the had around 400 workers on its payroll.

Company CEO Adam Hughes told TechCrunch:

“Due to the current macro-economic environment, we have decided to take some proactive adjustments to ensure Amount’s ability to thrive for years to come. We believe these actions are the prudent thing to do for the long-term health of the company and remain extremely excited about the future.”

Amount, a banking tech provider offering account opening, loan origination and BNPL financing solutions, confirmed in February 2022 the acquisition of Linear Financial Technologies, the SMB loan and account origination platform.

Linear’s solution set is “complementary to Amount’s retail banking and BNPL solutions for consumer loans,” according to a release.

Linear’s platform aims to simplify the borrowing and account opening experience for SMB owners and enhances the loan and deposit origination workflows for a wide range of SMB products, “ranging from business credit cards, loans, lines of credit and SBA loans.”

The firm has an expansive and diverse set of name brand clients, “including Citizens Bank, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Bank of the West, and American Express, among others.”

Amount, a U.S.-based financial institutions tech company, announced in May 2021 that it raised nearly $100 million through its Series D funding round and had achieved unicorn status by having a post-money valuation of $1 billion.

Founded in 2020, Amount reported at the time that it delivers the technology financial institutions need to create and enhance the digital consumer experience.

“Built by lending industry veterans, Amount helps partners go digital in months—not years—with omnichannel retail banking experiences and a robust point-of-sale financing product suite underpinned by platform features including fraud prevention, verification, decisioning engines and account management.”

The company’s partners may also optimize performance across product categories by tapping into various service offerings including customer acquisition, funnel and performance assessments, and risk analytics.

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