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Hubrif was an online distributor of African short films and a one-stop film festival submission gateway platform for African filmmakers
Founders constant disagreement over management duties, small market size and users as well as failure to find ways to monetize.
... And finally, its time to go home.
Sharkius Games was an internet games company based in London UK, which aimed to create engaging and meaningful social experiences.
Some fatal mistakes when hiring employees and managing the team, as well as lack of marketing experience, were the causes of its failure.
From $80k/month to failure: How Sharkius bit off more than it could chew
A better moving company
Great user experience came at the cost of poor unit economics
Why we're closing Walnut
Converted articles, in to human-read audio on demand.
Economics of the business did not work.
How I in-validated a business idea in 3 months with little code, while traveling the world
Washio was an on-demand laundry service
Thin margins, quality service issues, and fierce competition from similar startups.
Why did Washio fail?
Yik Yak is a location-based social network that helps you connect with the people around you.
struggled to keep users on its platform
7 startups that were massively funded that died in 2017
Sprig is an online app provides healthy organic meals delivered in 15 minutes.
the complexity of owning meal production through delivery at scale was a challenge.
7 startups that were massively funded that died in 2017
Not the founder. Looks like blood pressure on the wrist.
Health-Tracking Startup Fails to Deliver on Its Ambitions
algorithmic online stock exchange
Lack of passion, no SWOT analysis, regulatory concerns, overly complex, revolutionary doesn't equal value
why my startup failed
Picked a terrible market and optimized the product for the wrong metrics of goodness.
RethinkDB: why we failed
Online gig booking system for bands, promoters, and venues.
Market resistance and not enough customer development
Post Mortem: Gigger Rocked
Event invitation and sharing
Spent entire seed fund on fancy development of untested product.
Spinvite - The Party's Over
Childrens tablets and apps.
Slim profit margins that couldn't cover overhead.
The Swift Rise--and Fall--of America's One-Time Fastest-Growing Company
First HD cross-compatible video host just for gamers.
lack of investment, heavily competitive environment
The story of a live game streaming network that ran from 2006 but closed in 2013, a year before Twitch, which started in 2011, sold to Amazon for $970 million. "Pioneers get slaughtered and the settlers proper"
A single platform for e-commerce logistics.
We failed in building a logistics setup that we could power up with software
Recommend actions to salespeople from their data (CRM, email, etc)
Lack of focus and couldn't e
Turning the page: What we learned at Brisk
Aggregate Instagram content by both location and hashtag
Reliance on third party API
Why we killed our latest startup
Cookisto is an online community marketplace for homemade food.
retention rate wasn’t good enough
Six up-and-coming start-ups on what makes for a successful business
Review GitHub Pull Requests with a slide show without leaving GitHub
It failed to find market fit after launch
What I Learned From an Unsuccessful Launch: Vym
on-demand food delivery
Lack of sustainable profit margin
What Founders Can Learn From SpoonRocket’s Demise
connect university research with businesses
It was extremely difficult to market to students, PHD and Post-doc researchers
Eulergy closes it's digital doors
A p2p marketplatform for music instruments and backline rental
Market too small, ran out of cash
The entrepreneurial roller coaster ride
India's first NRI-focused Real Estate portal
Lost focus on the product
Lessons I learnt from failing at my first startup
Home cleaning service.
High cost of customer acquisition
Homejoy at the Unicorn Glue Factory
Adds Contextual capabilities to mobile phones
No business model
Popular Israeli app launcher EverythingMe closes down, most of staff let go
Unlimited virtual assistant tasks for a monthly price
Zirtual: What Happened and What’s Next
Mobile marketing for political campaigns
Ahead of it's time
Timing is everything--especially in startups.
Last Guide Co.
Apps that encouraged real world interactions
Failure to adhere to the original vision
Gowalla founder Josh Williams shutters Last, a company that made apps to help you go outside
Internal problem & wrong positioning in market
This guy’s story of failing in Indonesia is refreshingly honest. Now he’s getting up and trying again
mobile news app
Lack of funding, no buyers
Farewell to Circa News
Tale of Tales
Create narrative based video games.
Costs were higher than income
And the sun sets...
Paid for Stripe
Most popular 3rd party app for Stripe for 2 years
Stripe built their own app.
End of Life of an App
Machine learning enabled smart electrical switches
Overestimated machine learning & underestimated efforts in converting a prototype to fully functional hardware product
5 Reasons Why My IoT Startup Failed
Rate My Speech
Improve people's public speaking skills
Lack of problem-solution fit, no real team, too much ego.
Let it go, let it go… Sunset of my first startup: ratemyspeech.co
Loyalty platform for restaurants and retailers
Premature scaling and founder misalignment
Premature scaling killed us
Create & buy beautifully patterned women's clothing from your phone.
We didn't stick to our original vision, and let spending get out of control.
We went from fashion-tech prodigies to flaming heap of Jichael Meffries-inspired detritus in 1 short, emotional year.
Whatsapp for Customer Service
Wrong approach, wrong target market
Fastr - Pitch
A group-centric social intelligence platform
Cofounder disagreements, couldn't secure funding
How to Learn From Your Mistakes in a Tech Startup in Order to Succeed
easily create customized hardware in your browser
run out of cash
Well, We Failed
STARTUP SALE: Get A 30 Second, High-Converting Explainer Video For Just $197
First appstore for Windows PC
not enough time spent on vision in the early days, too early marketing spending, too many early hires, and a lot more...
Allmyapps — Story of an Almost Successful French Startup
Pandora for niche music genres and indie bands
it should have been a platform
My startup's dead! 5 things I learned
Living scrapbook for your family's memories.
Why My Startup Failed And What I Learned From It
Crowdsourced mobile app publishing
3 seed rounds without improving business model.
What I’ve learned, 6 months after bankruptcy
The first iPad racing wheel
Not something people wanted
Kolossal failure: 10 lessons I learned from burning through $50,000 on a hardware project that bombed
Squarespace w/open source software & templates
lack of financial & operational controls / inexperienced management
The Art of Embracing Epic Failure
share personal secrets anonymously
does not represent the vision when starting the company
One place. Everything you own. Forever.
Customers were not adopting software = no income
unbundle content & let users purchase single articles by enabling micro-payments
success with concept but could not secure funding
Patterbuzz - Down but not out ...
Read your body's muscle electrical signals, and control things with it
co-founders tried to do more than one startup at once
Control things with your muscles
AirBnB for camera and video gear.
Risk reward ratio too high for lenders.
Mood based music curation & recommendation
Unsustainable business model for music licensing fees
The last song for Stereomood’s founders
platform for turn-based multiplayer games
consequences of Russia-Ukraine conflict
Postmortem: Traps for Friends - our attempt at fair IAP multiplayer
College Inside View
Provide more detailed student reviews of colleges
I couldn't get enough reviews
Case study of a failed startup
Contactless payments / NFC for iphone
Apple built NFC into new product line
Create a private social network for families.
We didn't solve for distribution.
The idea is dead. Long live the idea.
curated restaurant finder for people with food allergies
No clear or predictable way to sustainability
Cusoy: A postmortem
Crowdfunding service for the whole world from Czech Republic
We were naive idiots
The idea of giving up is worse than of it killing me: How $150,000 post-it came to be?
Visualize political influence
Don't do politics unless you're ok to be non-profit
The life and death of a political startup
Coliving space in Zagreb, Croatia
Wrong place, wrong target
Zagreb Cohousing FAIL
not able to scale to become a self-sustaining business
Springpad says goodbye
Keep Fit Stay Sane
An Online Emotional Gym
Couldn't find a market
Startup postmortem: Keep Fit Stay Sane
OpenTable for Apparel Shopping
Too early + ran out of cash
22 Mistakes I Made As A First Time Founder
device forms network of people w/common friends
cannot be clearly explained in 3 seconds
3 Reasons Why My Tech Startup Failed
Find and buy gifts with/for friends.
Early hires + Didn't validate Business Model
5 Mistakes I Made Launching a Startup
tinder for jobs
99 reasons but a bit (code) ain’t one
99 Problems But A Bit Ain’t One: Why My Startup Failed
same day ingredient delivery service
simply didn't have legs
Seven lessons I learned from the failure of my first startup, Dinnr
Billing system for SaaS
The mistakes that killed my startup
Put your face on characters.
Didn't solve a problem we cared about
What we have learned from our failed Startup
Fab.com (Hem Design)
Flash sales of uniqly designed products
Too fast expansion
The Rise and Fall of Fab.com: A Cautionary Tale for Every Entrepreneur
make messaging more web-friendly
we didn't build something that enough people wanted
Launching Sidestage After Failing At My First Startup
360°, full motion, interactive video
stuck with the wrong strategy for too long
Imercive Post Mortem
trade fashion items
lack of product-market fit, and everything else in between
My startup failed, and this is what it feels like…
Private, mobile, location based social network
Idiotic customer development
Business transaction management software
Complex and buggy product
Find farewel to OpTier
music streaming service
the deal fell through at the last minute
Close,but no cigar
online platform to manage accounts and pay bills
unable to achieve scale necessary for viable economics
Manilla Is Shutting Down
App for football players to share stats & accolades
We didn't obsess over it and we didn't love it
A startup postmortem with a happy ending? ..in Thailand
Place to discover, capture & share DIY & Craft guides
failed to make the goal possible
the last step
social media tools for B2B marketers
couldn’t compete with marketing giants
Argyle is shutting down our service
discussion platform & plugin
a lot of reasons
Another catchy headline why you should read this article about how my startup failed
tag people, places, and objects in an image
did not scale fast enough
"Stipple Shuts down"
ad funded data
high and increasing unsustainable — data costs
Samba Closing down
digitized transactional postal mail
time & cost to deliver was more than market was prepared to invest
Zumbox to shutter its operations
Social media lead generation for small businesses
Too early in market + extreme founder dilution
Seven Major Insights I Learned from my Failed Startup
share your opinions on any website
did not have that traction. And so we ran out of money
My Startup Failed
Version control for designers
Failed to generate enough revenue
LayerVault is shutting down
make unused meeting rooms available for free
it would not work due to security restrictions
Why I’m Open Sourcing My Failed Startup
ad network for developers
another casualty in the decline of Flash
Mochi Media Winding down services
social media management
the deal did not go through
Salorix shuts operations
on demand house cleaning service
demand was very spiky, customer activation was hard
What I learned from online to offline
app to read and share ebooks
not possible to sell books on Apple’s platform at competitive price
photo sharing app for iPhone
I started to feel burned out
Shutting down Blurtt
out of cash
Today my startup failed: Story of Chris Pool — founder of 4chan and DrawQuest.
visualize how users interact with apps
service does not give intermediate values to your users
Failed to delight : Post -moterm of my first startup
Digitizes physical mail
wasn't enough demand to support the cost model
Outbox Shuts Down Its Mail Digitizing Service
music discovery platform
the high costs of processing millions of new songs every month
new destination to connect readers with books
a shallow container for banner ads
Bookish is a failing startup that could fundamentally change digital publishing
time tracking software
fail to multiply big numbers
startup lessons learned from my first startup
Exchange startup equity for social advocacy
Ran out of money. Pivoted too soon.
What Entreprenuerial Fear and Failure Look Like
send physical gifts by email, facebook and twitter
unable to execute on a strategy to drive early traction
Tis the Season for a Tigerbow Post Mortem
the smart photo platform
failed to effectively position giants like Apple and Google
Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business
Custom instructions for home theater equipment by scanning barcodes
Inexperience with building product
I fucked up
retargeting platform for web shops
ran out of funding
Startup Failure: How it feels
hottest travel news site on the planet
there was no real audience
app that allows to view a place in real time
product wasn't getting the traction it needed
Shnergle Post Mortem
online hub for student sport
"for a number of reasons"
Someone else is building my failed start-up.
Location-based flash sales
Lack of definition
Lessons learnt for Investors
help users discover relevant contacts close by
everyone stood a better chance starting anew
Postmortem of a Venture-backed Startup: Lessons Learned from the rise and fall of @Sonar
Automatically convert new twitter followers into paying customers (without being annoying)
online CRM solution
we did not achieve product-market fit
7 things I learned from startup failure
a personalized mobile news platform
Not giving enough time to stress and load testing
Why Startups Fail: A Postmortem For Flud, The Social Newsreader
app to order and pay for drinks at a bar or nightclub
hard to market ourselves properly in bars without being there
The decline and fall of Flowtab
Social app that enables users to create an A/B question
It was a free app that would've needed millions of users to get noticed, and selling it as a polling platform was never fully explored.
get the other sources stable before you can focus on the product
Lessons from my failed startup
Investor relations software
Customer incentives were not aligned with buying the software
Lessons learned starting our first business
Radically simple 360 feedback for your team
Lack of funding, no tech cofounder, challenging market
Shutting down my startup
Flash sales for toddlers / young mothers
Cost per order > revenue per order + unsustainable marketing spend
Totsy burns through $34 million, lays off its 83 employees, selling assets
non-invasive diagnostic monitoring tools cancer patients
didn't have enough capital around the table
On-Q-ity, a Cancer Diagnostic Company: R.I.P
a membership management platform for groups
lack of product/market fit in the new markets
Looking back at 7 years with my startup GroupSpaces
creative pre-sale platform for musicians
people really didn’t really LIKE anything about our product
My Startup Failed. F@<#.
social platform to help people learn more about others
Our opaque follow-model shot us in the foot
Formspring- A postmortem
create collaborative videos on smartphones
We were not playing to our strengths
Vitoto Offically Shutting Down
Social guide to share & discover experiences and cities
someone else found a path to the goal with less friction
Play by your own rules.
Foursquare for nightlife
People hang out usually same places with friends
Nokter - Foursquare for Nightlife
style discovery platform
technical co-founder quit & pulled the code out from under me
Lessons from my failed startup
Send, receive & print messages/photos from anywhere
No sustainable business in connected products
The design company behind the Little Printer is dead
Instant websites for Nonprofits
Not enough revenue per customer
Lessons learned from a self funded startup
social event sharing site
users don't develop a strong habit of contributing content
The Uphill Battle Of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for Plancast
Community & marketplace for artists from different verticals.
Aim for perfection in product prevented a proper sales job.
How to fail a startup
airbnb for parking
rarely had meaningful conversations with our target end-users
Part Two of the HelloParking postmortem: a look back, and a new perspective
Show + Tell Your Favorites
I was blowing cash — at a ridiculous pace.
The little startup that couldn’t (a postmortem of MyFavorites)
relationship focused recruiting portal
founding team couldn't build an MVP on its own
A Postmortem Analysis of Standout Jobs
personal finance management platform
most people use a shorter-term alternative if available
Why Wesabe Lost to Mint
a platform for the new model of journalism
weren’t intrinsically motivated by news and journalism
Why we shut NewsTilt down
social event guide
never generated the traction
monetize online video
we weren't in love with the idea or market
YouCastr- a post mortem
web content management meets social networking
too much time building it for ourselves & not getting feedback
Post Mortem on a Failed Product
Digital timestamping service
turns desktop tools into cloud-based services.
focused on engineering first & customers second
SMS based entertainment channel for Singapore
overestimated the Singapore market
4 Mistakes Made And Lessons Learnt by Vijay of SMSnoodle
Online communities to connect conference attendees
didn’t focus on learning & failing fast until it was too late
Enable social networks to distribute data as targeting info
dependant on another platform
Platform for families & friends to share stories, photos, events and milestones
Not big enough pain at a time Facebook made sharing so easy (2008-ish)
Anything and Everything About Sampa, From Business to Personal
social network for people over 40
did not scale
Turning Out the Lights
an online game show network
we didn't reach enough users
10 lessons from a failed startup
auction aggregation service
no one of us was skilled in that area
Lessons Learned: Startup Failure Part 1
social network based on simple 2D flash games
it ended up going nowhere'
data and information gathering service
not close enough to the customer
Monitor 110: A post mortem
personal social content
tackled a technical problem, not a Market Problem
BricaBos: Goodbye World
a multi-network social messenger
people just weren't excited about the idea'
Anatomy Of A Failure: Lessons Learned
an online calendar
too slow at times, and focused on the wrong thing at times
Lessons from Kiko, web 2.0 startup, about Its Failure
lacked the audience my product needed to succeed
The Last AnNounce(r)ment
create hyper-local community sites
internal problems made it impossible to reach transition point
Co-Founder Potts Shares Lessons Learned from Backfence Bust
crappy business model, tried to do too much, lack of focus
Bitpass Croaks: Is This the End of Micropayments?
information security services
the board couldn't break the deadlock
key lessons from Cryptine network's failure
High End Sportwear e-tailer
High ambitions, poor execution
Boo.com goes bust
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