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Date of FailureStartupIdeaReason for FailureFull StoryFounder
July 2018OratioOratio helps businesses to connect with their customers on messengers like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and others through personal conversations and chatbotsToo much dependency on other platformsFrom hero to zero — closing my 3rd startup@pichsenmeister
May 2018Knowmads.capetownLeadership programmesLegal and Financial constraintsThanks for being my first
March 2018ShypProvides shipping services that ranges from picking-up the package to delivering it to the destination.Wrong target audience I Can’t Wait for You to See What We Do Next by Founder @kevingibbon
January 2018KaitekKaitek developed bacterial sensors for food safety. The first product: a rapid detection kit for shellfish toxicity, based on synthetic biology.Technology couldn't scale properlyAn autopsy for my first startup@emiliadiazCL
January 2018Pepup WorldConnecting local retail shops with nearby customers, later on pivoted on niche segment, then closedMarket in India was not readyCase study on
January 2018HubrifHubrif was an online distributor of African short films and a one-stop film festival submission gateway platform for African filmmakersFounders 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.@hubrif
November 2017SharkiusSharkius 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@simplydt
October 2017WalnutA better moving companyGreat user experience came at the cost of poor unit economicsWhy we're closing Walnut@nickbkim
September 2017ReadByHumansConverted 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 @ksaitor
July 2017WashioWashio was an on-demand laundry serviceThin margins, quality service issues, and fierce competition from similar startups.Why did Washio fail?@mrjmetz
July 2017Yik YakYik Yak is a location-based social network that helps you connect with the people around you.struggled to keep users on its platformThe Yik Yak App is Officially Dead
May 2017SprigSprig 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
March 2016QuanttusNot the founder. Looks like blood pressure on the wrist.Product failureHealth-Tracking Startup Fails to Deliver on Its Ambitions@Shahid_Azim
February 2017Echelon Exchangealgorithmic online stock exchange Lack of passion, no SWOT analysis, regulatory concerns, overly complex, revolutionary doesn't equal valuewhy my startup failed
January 2017RethinkDBNoSQL databasePicked a terrible market and optimized the product for the wrong metrics of goodness.RethinkDB: why we failed@spakhm
November 2016GiggerOnline gig booking system for bands, promoters, and venues.Market resistance and not enough customer developmentPost Mortem: Gigger Rocked@antman261
October 2016SpinviteEvent invitation and sharingSpent entire seed fund on fancy development of untested product.Spinvite - The Party's Over@ohmygodrey
September 2016FuhuChildrens tablets and apps.Slim profit margins that couldn't cover overhead. The Swift Rise--and Fall--of America's One-Time Fastest-Growing Company
August 2016GamersTube.comFirst HD cross-compatible video host just for gamers. lack of investment, heavily competitive environmentThe 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"@youngbloodjoe
August 2016ShipbeatA single platform for e-commerce logistics.We failed in building a logistics setup that we could power up with softwareShipbeat Post-Mortem@svenningsen
June 2016Brisk.ioRecommend actions to salespeople from their data (CRM, email, etc)Lack of focus and couldn't eTurning the page: What we learned at Brisk@hajak
June 2016sociavstre.amAggregate Instagram content by both location and hashtagReliance on third party APIWhy we killed our latest startup@bamcreative
May 2016cookistoCookisto is an online community marketplace for homemade food.retention rate wasn’t good enoughSix up-and-coming start-ups on what makes for a successful business
May 2016VymReview GitHub Pull Requests with a slide show without leaving GitHubIt failed to find market fit after launchWhat I Learned From an Unsuccessful Launch: Vymmikeswcho
March 2016SpoonRocketon-demand food deliveryLack of sustainable profit marginWhat Founders Can Learn From SpoonRocket’s Demise
February 2016Eulergyconnect university research with businessesIt was extremely difficult to market to students, PHD and Post-doc researchersEulergy closes it's digital doors@benbyford
January 2016SharingearA p2p marketplatform for music instruments and backline rentalMarket too small, ran out of cash The entrepreneurial roller coaster ride@MirceaGEftemie
Nov 2015HouseThisIndia's first NRI-focused Real Estate portalLost focus on the productLessons I learnt from failing at my first startup
Oct 2015HomejoyHome cleaning service.High cost of customer acquisitionHomejoy at the Unicorn Glue Factory@nolimits
Oct 2015EverythingMeAdds Contextual capabilities to mobile phonesNo business modelPopular Israeli app launcher EverythingMe closes down, most of staff let go
Aug 2015ZirtualUnlimited virtual assistant tasks for a monthly priceBurn rateZirtual: What Happened and What’s Next@marenkate
Aug 2015PoliMobileMobile marketing for political campaignsAhead of it's timeTiming is everything--especially in startups.@curtprins
Aug 2015Last Guide Co.Apps that encouraged real world interactionsFailure to adhere to the original visionGowalla founder Josh Williams shutters Last, a company that made apps to help you go outside@jw
Jun 2015alikoloe-Commerce MarketplaceInternal problem & wrong positioning in marketThis guy’s story of failing in Indonesia is refreshingly honest. Now he’s getting up and trying again@dannytaniwan
Jun 2015Circa Newsmobile news appLack of funding, no buyersFarewell to Circa News@mg
Jun 2015Tale of TalesCreate narrative based video games.Costs were higher than incomeAnd the sun sets...
Jun 2015Paid for StripeMost popular 3rd party app for Stripe for 2 yearsStripe built their own app.End of Life of an App@ryanscherf
Jun 2015LumosMachine learning enabled smart electrical switchesOverestimated machine learning & underestimated efforts in converting a prototype to fully functional hardware product5 Reasons Why My IoT Startup Failed@yashpkotak
Jun 2015Rate My SpeechImprove people's public speaking skillsLack of problem-solution fit, no real team, too much ego.Let it go, let it go… Sunset of my first startup:
Jun 2015RewardMeLoyalty platform for restaurants and retailersPremature scaling and founder misalignmentPremature scaling killed us@junloayza
Jun 2015UDesignCreate & 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.@econstreams
Jun 2015FastrWhatsapp for Customer ServiceWrong approach, wrong target marketFastr - Pitch@gregdsouza
Jun 2015GuGoA group-centric social intelligence platformCofounder disagreements, couldn't secure fundingHow to Learn From Your Mistakes in a Tech Startup in Order to Succeed@shermanbiz
May 2015Wattageeasily create customized hardware in your browserrun out of cashWell, We Failed@jeremybell
May 2015AllmyappsFirst appstore for Windows PCnot 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@thibauld
May 2015BitShuva RadioPandora for niche music genres and indie bandsit should have been a platformMy startup's dead! 5 things I learned@judahgabriel
Apr 2015RememberLiving scrapbook for your family's memories.No marketWhy My Startup Failed And What I Learned From It@iadriantan
Apr 2015SellanAppCrowdsourced mobile app publishing3 seed rounds without improving business model.What I’ve learned, 6 months after bankruptcy@Milann
Apr 2015KOLOSThe first iPad racing wheelNot something people wantedKolossal failure: 10 lessons I learned from burning through $50,000 on a hardware project that bombed@k_ivaylo

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