As you all know, a few weeks ago, SoundCloud announced that it had shut down some of its offices and laid off about 40% of its employees. Well, if you were asking what happened with those people that were fired, it looks like WeTransfer has decided to offer each and every single one of them $10,000, so that they could continue focusing on music streaming, instead of going and getting a new job. Below you can see what Damian Bradford, WeTransfer’s president wrote in an e-mail to the laid off SoundCloud employees.
“We’d like to prevent you from just simply ‘getting a job.’ Why? What’s wrong with a job? Nothing. It’s just that you might stray from your original mission to change the way we consume or create music – an endeavor that made SoundCloud unique in the world of tech. So we’d like to make you an offer. $10,000 to start something. This is not a loan or equity exchange. What we would like to see is a proposal for something you could design, build or manage that could be the new mail-order record club, SoundCloud or iTunes. This is not an investment. I hear you – 10k is a modest amount – but we started small too, and it could act as a runway. Or it could pay for the lights on a runway. Somehow, it could help you get off the ground.”
You can read his e-mail in full here!