SecondMarket confirms layoffs

The online private equity market lays off approximately 10 percent of its staff relating to Facebook's upcoming IPO.

SecondMarket confirmed today that it has executed a round of layoffs in response to the impending Facebook IPO. CNET first broke news of layoffs at the online private equity market yesterday.

Although we previously reported that the layoffs would affect over 20 percent of its staff, SecondMarket now tells us that the number is closer to 10 percent.

While we were unable to obtain a comment yesterday, a SecondMarket representative said this in an official statement:

In a post-Facebook market world, we have decided to eliminate some positions that are no longer core to our company's long-term mission. We reduced our headcount by approximately 10% today, but will continue to hire in select areas. We have no additional planned layoffs and look forward to ramping up our headcount in the future.

The move has clearly been coming for some time. In January, SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert said, "Facebook is the elephant in the room, no doubt about that. It represents a significant portion of our revenue, so we will have a big hole to fill."

As for now, we're left to wonder whether upcoming SecondMarket plans will be enough to fill the void.

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