Upworthy Just Laid Off 31 People. The Question Remains Why.
Good Media Group, which owns viral site Upworthy and Good Magazine, cut at least 31 employees yesterday. The layoffs were first announced on Thursday afternoon in a tweet from editor-in-chief Liz Heron, who said she is also resigning.
So, why the layoffs? Former Upworthy/Good CEO Ben Goldhirsh — who left the company almost a year ago per The Wrap but still lists his position as CEO on his Twitter bio — offered thoughts: “Top line is that these cuts are part of a restructure to centralize leadership in Los Angeles. Given what’s afoot in society we need to be our strongest to do as much good as possible. The operation needed to evolve. Nothing is shutting down. Quite the contrary, the team that is operating the business going forward is pissed off for greatness.”