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SoftBank-Backed Oyo to Cut About 5,000 Jobs in Overhaul

  • The startup is now firing 30% of its staff, net, in China
  • Signs of trouble growing at one of India’s biggest startups
Pedestrians walk past an Oyo hotel in Tokyo.
Pedestrians walk past an Oyo hotel in Tokyo.Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg
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Oyo Hotels is cutting its global workforce by about 5,000 to 25,000 people, with the deepest reductions in China after business there crumbled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Indian startup, one of the largest in SoftBank Group Corp.’s portfolio, is reducing staff in China, the U.S. and its home country as it seeks to boost profitability. Oyo expanded rapidly after its founding in 2013 and reached a valuation of $10 billion, but investors have soured on money-losing businesses after WeWork’s meltdown and SoftBank has pushed portfolio companies to prioritize profitability.