I/Pro has now cut its staff by 27 since summer; remaining employees number about 80. The spokeswoman attributed the layoffs to the need to "stay competitive in an industry that is always changing." CEO Mark Ashida wasn't available for comment.
Problems at the company became apparent when founder Ariel Poler left several months ago. I/Pro recently reintroduced its counting product, I/Count, under the Netline name in an effort to jumpstart that business. The company also is known to be trying to work out a deal with Audit Bureau Verification Service to somehow link their separate auditing businesses. But those negotiations have stalled, said an executive close to I/Pro.
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