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  • Skully

    Skully

    In 2013, the tech world buzzed with excitement over a new player in the motorcycle industry: Skully. Envisioned as a groundbreaking motorcycle technology company, Skully aimed to revolutionize the riding experience with innovative tech solutions. Their story, from a promising start to an unexpected closure, is a classic tale of tech industry challenges and the…

  • Mindstrong

    Mindstrong

    Mindstrong was a mental health company that used AI to monitor users’ activity for mental health issues. It raised $160 million in funding, but faced privacy concerns and competition, leading to its closure in 2023.

  • Sendy

    Sendy

    Founded in 2014, Sendy was a Kenyan logistics startup aiming to revolutionize the delivery and logistics industry in Africa. Pioneered by Meshack Alloys, Evans Biwott, Don Okoth, and Malaika Judd, Sendy connected shippers with drivers and riders in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. It provided a platform for various sizes of deliveries, from small packages to…

  • Quirky

    Quirky

    Quirky, founded in 2009 by Ben Kaufman, was a unique startup that sought to democratize invention. It functioned as a community-based platform where anyone could submit their product ideas. These ideas would be voted on by the community, and winning products were then designed, patented, manufactured, marketed, and sold by Quirky to major retailers. Inventors…

  • Jawbone

    Jawbone

    Jawbone was an American technology company founded in 1997 that developed and sold wearable technology and portable audio devices. It went out of business in 2017 due to product failures, poor management, and competition from Fitbit.

  • LayerVault

    LayerVault

    LayerVault was a cloud-based file storage and collaboration platform for creative professionals. It was acquired by Dropbox in 2015 due to increasing competition and high pricing. It was founded by Kelly Sutton and Allan Grinshtein in 2011 and ceased operations in 2015.

  • ConnectedH

    ConnectedH

    Founded in 2016, ConnectedH was an innovative healthcare technology company based in Gurgaon, India. Specializing in streamlining healthcare processes through data organization, ConnectedH aimed to facilitate seamless communication and coordination between various healthcare sectors, including patients, doctors, diagnostic labs, and insurance companies. Despite its potential and over ₹190 million in funding, ConnectedH ceased operations in…

  • Benja Commerce Network

    Benja Commerce Network

    Benja Commerce Network, founded in 2014, evolved from a Tinder-like shopping app to the first shoppable media advertising network. Despite an innovative approach and raising between $2 and $3 million from angel investors like Tony Hsieh and XRC Labs, Benja ceased operations in 2020. This post delves into the reasons behind Benja’s downfall, highlighting the…

  • Grooveshark

    Grooveshark

    Grooveshark, a once-popular music streaming platform, was founded in 2006 by Andres Barreto, Josh Greenberg, and Sam Tarantino. It started as a web-based on-demand music application, allowing users to upload, stream, and organize digital audio files. Grooveshark’s technology was admirable, especially considering it was an underfunded venture built by college students who were learning about…

  • Yik Yak

    Yik Yak

    Yik Yak, a social media app founded in 2013, allowed users to anonymously post messages or “yaks” within a 5-mile radius, gaining rapid popularity among college students for sharing news, gossip, and jokes. However, it wasn’t without controversy. The platform was criticized for enabling cyberbullying, harassment, and discrimination. In 2015, Yik Yak faced backlash for…

  • FrontRow

    FrontRow

    FrontRow, an edtech startup backed by Lightspeed, made a significant splash in the online learning industry by offering creative arts and sports classes taught by celebrities. Despite a promising start and substantial funding, the Bengaluru-based company ceased operations in 2023. This post explores FrontRow’s journey, its innovative approach, and the factors contributing to its closure.…

  • Airware

    Airware

    Airware was a drone services company founded in 2011, raising $100 million in Series B funding. It ceased operations in 2018 due to lack of focus, difficult software, and competition from larger companies.

  • Fronted

    Fronted

    Fronted, a UK-based fintech startup, embarked on a mission in 2019 to alleviate the financial burden faced by renters. However, by 2023, Fronted had to cease operations. This story delves into the rise and fall of Fronted, exploring the innovative solutions it offered, the challenges it faced, and the reasons behind its closure. Vision and…

  • Tilt

    Tilt

    Tilt, a social payment startup, was founded in 2012 by James Beshara, Karolyn Baxter, and Khaled Hussein. This innovative venture focused on crowd-funding, enabling groups and communities to fund diverse events through its mobile app. Tilt was especially popular among college students who used the platform for crowdfunding events and settling expenses with friends. The…

  • Aria Insights

    Aria Insights

    Aria Insights was a technology company that developed autonomous drones with AI capability. It was founded by Helen Greiner in 2008 and acquired by FLIR Systems in 2019. It faced competition from larger companies and was unable to generate enough revenue to cover its costs.

  • Gowalla

    Gowalla

    Gowalla’s story is a fascinating tale of innovation, competition, and eventual acquisition in the dynamic world of social media startups. Founded in 2007 by Josh Williams and Scott Raymond, Gowalla was a location-based social networking platform that allowed users to check-in and share their locations and activities with friends. It gained popularity during the early…

  • Buzzer

    Buzzer

    Buzzer, a mobile streaming startup that once made waves in the sports industry, provides a striking example of the challenges faced by tech startups, even those backed by high-profile investors and innovative ideas. Founded in 2020, Buzzer launched its mobile app in 2021 with the aim of transforming how Gen Z sports fans engage with…

  • Stay Alfred

    Stay Alfred

    Stay Alfred, a Washington-based short-term rental company founded by Jordan Allen in 2010, emerged as a notable player in the hospitality industry. It specialized in leasing and managing upscale properties such as apartments, condos, and lofts in desirable downtown areas across the United States. Catering to both business and leisure travelers, Stay Alfred offered well-located,…

  • Zirtual

    Zirtual

    Zirtual, launched in 2011 by Maren Kate Donovan, Collin Vine, and Erik Jensen, was a virtual assistant (VA) service designed to match busy professionals and entrepreneurs with efficient, US-based virtual assistants. This innovative approach quickly positioned Zirtual as a promising startup in the burgeoning gig economy. In its early days, Zirtual experienced rapid growth, scaling…

  • Quantopian

    Quantopian

    Quantopian, founded in 2011 by John Fawcett and Jean Bredeche, was a Boston-based platform that aimed to democratize investing by making quantitative analysis and investment strategies accessible to a wider audience. The platform provided tools for developing and testing algorithmic trading strategies, offering resources like tutorials, articles, webinars, and a community forum to support learning…

  • Houseparty

    Houseparty

    Houseparty debuted to the public in February 2016 as a video chatting application that allowed friends to join “parties” or group chats. One of its unique features was the ability to seamlessly join a conversation without the need for a direct invitation if the party was open. An idea like this held a lot of…

  • Panther

    Panther

    Founded in 2020, Panther emerged as a promising contractor management tool, designed to streamline the complexities of managing remote teams. Despite its innovative solution and growing market interest, Panther ceased operations in 2023. This blog post delves into Panther’s journey, its offerings, and the critical financial challenges that led to its unexpected closure. Panther’s Innovative…

  • Vine

    Vine

    Vine, an American short-form video hosting service, revolutionized digital content creation with its six-second looping video clips. Founded by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll in June 2012, it was acquired by Twitter in October 2012 for $30 million before its public launch in January 2013. Vine’s innovative format quickly captivated users, making it…

  • Dinner Lab

    Dinner Lab

    Dinner Lab was a pop-up restaurant company founded in 2011 and ceased operations in 2016 due to expensive production costs and competition. It raised $10.1 million in funding and was founded by Brian Bordainick.

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