SFGate, SiliconBeat: Lytro laid off an undisclosed number of employees in late February, company spokeswoman Alexandra Cuccias said. She declined to give the specific number of employees laid off or to say why they were let go, saying only that the company now has about 85 employees. She also declined to say how many cameras Lytro has sold.
Jason Rosenthal, the company CEO, declined to discuss financials in detail, but said the company is 20% ahead of its internal projections so far this year. He also stressed they have ample runway from their last venture capital round in 2011. "We have a packed product roadmap for next year, we’ll introduce multiple what I think are just breakthrough products. I’m super excited and the world will be as well," said Rosenthal. The long-term vision is to become "the new software and hardware stack for everything with a lens and sensor. That’s still cameras, video cameras, medical and industrial imaging, smartphones, the entire imaging ecosystem."
Margit Wennmachers, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, Lytro investor, said that at least one new device would include features that professional photographers are looking for. Wennmachers also said that sales to date have actually exceeded their internal projections: "Our expectation wasn’t as high as people on the outside had," she said. "Analysts and everyone else have to understand the full and complete vision, and you don’t really share that when you’re shipping Version 1.0. It’s one of those swing for the fences ideas. If it works it’s a monster success and you can build something really meaningful."