Jive Software Jarred by Layoffs

10/15/08Follow @gthuang

Layoffs are hitting the Northwest tech community this week—first Redfin, now Jive Software. TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington reports that Portland, OR-based Jive, a maker of social software for businesses, laid off about one-third of its staff, or about 40 people, yesterday. Among those who left the company are a vice president of engineering and a vice president of sales.

One of Arrington’s initial sources was the personal blog of Chris Kalani, a former Jive employee who claims he was let go yesterday and wasn’t even allowed back to his desk to retrieve personal items, despite the fact he had previously resigned effective this Friday. Arrington says he has since spoken with Sam Lawrence, Jive’s chief marketing officer, who confirmed the layoffs but didn’t confirm any numbers or identities. According to TechCrunch, Lawrence said that Kalani’s blog was inaccurate, that Jive remains profitable, and that the reduction in staff was necessary to “stay ahead of the curve,” given the market downturn.

Jive was founded in 2001, and counts among its customers Intel, Nike, Electronic Arts, SAP, and VMware.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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