Last valued at $5 billion, restaurant management platform Toast has joined the sweep of start-ups laying off staff members due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Toast reduced the size of its staff by 50% through layoffs and furloughs, according to a blog post from Toast’s CEO, Chris Comparato. It likewise reduced executive pay throughout the board, froze hiring, halted bonus offers and pulled back deals.

The company’s flagship item assists dining establishments process payments and handle orders through a mix of hardware and software. Believe handheld buying pads, self-service kiosks and show systems for kitchen areas. It likewise links companies to food delivery services like Grubhub.

Toast sits on the bridge between two industries in the spotlight, for better or even worse, today: dining establishments and fintech. However restaurants have actually been struck hard as eateries were required to close down due to state requireds, or to just promote social distancing. As a result, fintech companies that help restaurants work much better and depend on foot traffic are seeing less transaction volume.

Comparato, in the post, mentioned how dining establishment earnings broadly took a substantial hit in March, which naturally trickled down to Toast’s operations.

“With restricted presence into how rapidly the market might recuperate, and facing slower than expected growth, we now discover ourselves in the unenviable position of decreasing our headcount,” he composed. He noted that before the pandemic hit, Toast profits grew 109% in 2019. In an interview with Crunchbase News in February, chief financial officer Tim Barash stated that the business’s goal in the next few years is to go public.

The Toast workers laid off were used a “severance package, advantages coverage, mental health support, and an extended window during which they can purchase vested stock choices,” the article detailed. Toast is likewise establishing a program to help those laid off or furloughed look for new roles, a relocation that imitates other efforts we’ve seen throughout the start-up world.

Investors in Toast consist of TCV, Tiger Global Management, Bessemer Endeavor Partners and T. Rowe Cost Associates.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.