The Canadian company Kik Interactive, the developer of the Kik mobile messenger, will cut 70 employees of the cryptocurrency division, Calcalist reports.
Kik CEO Ted Livingston wrote in a blog post that the company will close the messaging app and reduce the team to 19 people to focus on developing the Kin token ecosystem.
According to Livingston, the decisions taken will reduce the average monthly cost of the company by 85%. This will provide an opportunity to accumulate financial resources to continue the litigation with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The American regulator sued the company, accusing it of conducting an unregistered sale of securities during the ICO in 2017. According to the SEC, the Canadian startup did not provide investors with relevant information for which they were entitled, and the ICO itself was a way for the company to improve its financial situation. According to the results of the token sale, Kik raised $ 98 million.
At the time of writing, Kin's market capitalization is about $ 6.7 million; against the backdrop of news, the token has fallen by almost 30% over the past 24 hours.
According to CoinDesk, Livingston is ready to leave the company for fear of a lawsuit with the SEC.
I have my ticket. I’m not going to jail for this.
He reported this in an erroneously sent message, which he then deleted.