Pebble lays off 25% of its total staff

by Volker Weber

Pebble, the buzzy startup credited for being one of the first companies to launch a modern smartwatch, is laying off 40 employees this week, CEO Eric Migicovsky told Tech Insider in an interview. That's about 25% of its total staff.

Wearables are not living up to the hype. All the Pebble owners I know qualify as geeks. Only very few geeks I know own a Pebble. And most people with fitness bands seem to be giving up on them within the first year.

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That's sad. I'd still prefer a pebble, alone for the 7 days of battery life.

Martin Loeschner, 2016-03-24

After being a proud owner of a Pebble Time for 3 months now, I don't want to miss it anymore. It's so practical as a notification device and as a ...hm.. watch.

Patric Stiffel, 2016-03-24

Martin, they are not going out of business. They are laying off people to stay in business.

Volker Weber, 2016-03-24

As someone who was getting ready to purchase a Pebble Time the day that this announcement came out, I'm more than a bit worried that I'm backing the wrong product. I want a watch that will have a long battery life but also will be supported by the company and the community for a while.
I wonder what the battery life is like on a Samsung Gear 2, Asus ZenWatch 2 and the latest Moto 360.

Ray Bilyk, 2016-03-25

Terrible idea, Ray.

Volker Weber, 2016-03-25

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