Just Weeks After Site Reaches Full Functionality, Hopper Lays Off Montreal Staff

Travel startup Hopper has laid off a number of employees at the company’s Montreal office, Techvibes has learned.

The laid off employees worked as content analysts for Hopper, according to a source inside the company.

A LinkedIn search of Hopper employees shows that a number of the company’s content analysts ended their employment at the startup this month.

While the cuts affected a significant percentage of the company’s staff in Montreal, it remains unclear exactly how many employees were let go, if the layoffs affected employees working on any other projects, or if there were any cuts at the company’s Boston office.

Hopper is currently advertising two open development-related positions in Boston on its website.

The move comes just weeks after the seven-year-old startup launched its web-based airfare search tool publicly. Its travel planning website launched in early January, while the company’s travel blog has been live for a little more than a year. While an app is apparently in the works.

Hopper has received a total of $22 million in venture funding. The most recent round, worth $12 million, came a little less than two years ago.


Montréal, Québec, Canada

Hopper is developing a search engine for planning trips. Funded by Brightspark Ventures, the company was founded in 2007. Hopper's offices are located in a renovated floor of the Capitol zinc factory at the edge of Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood. Hopper is currently in closed alpha testing. more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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