Category: Competition

  • Google Reader

    Google Reader

    Launched in 2005, Google Reader quickly became the go-to platform for RSS feed aggregation, allowing users to subscribe to and read various web content in one centralized location. The platform stood out due to its clean interface, robust features such as tagging and search capabilities, and the ability to share content with others. Despite these…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Rovo

    Rovo

    What Happened to Rovo? Founded in 2017, Rovo was a groundbreaking Singapore-based app designed to revolutionize the way amateur athletes connect, compete, and stay active. Its innovative approach to sports technology attracted attention in the tech and sports communities alike. However, in 2023, the app, unfortunately, ceased operations. This article delves into the journey of…

  • Quizy

    Quizy

    Quizy, an innovative platform that carved its niche in the online learning and quiz segment, captured the curiosity of many during its brief journey from 2021 to 2023. Despite its potential, Quizy’s story turned out to be a classic case of a promising startup struggling to navigate the challenges posed by regulatory changes and stiff…

  • HQ Trivia

    HQ Trivia

    HQ Trivia, developed by Intermedia Labs and first released in 2017, revolutionized the mobile gaming industry. Created by Vine co-founders Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, this trivia-based game show app gained massive popularity for its live, interactive format. Players worldwide joined daily games, answering multiple-choice questions within 10 seconds for a chance to win or…

  • 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…

  • Intergalactic Therapeutics

    Intergalactic Therapeutics

    Founded in 2020, Intergalactic Therapeutics, a gene therapy startup, was initiated by Apple Tree Partners, a leading life sciences venture capital firm. Headed by founder Michael Ehlers, the company aimed to revolutionize gene therapy with its non-viral technologies, C3DNA and COMET, focusing on various medical fields such as ophthalmology and oncology. Vision and Services Intergalactic…

  • Pillow

    Pillow

    Pillow Crypto, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency investment startup founded in 2021, recently announced the discontinuation of all its services. Despite securing significant funding and making strides in the crypto investment space, Pillow succumbed to regulatory uncertainties and a tough business environment, leading to its closure in 2023. Vision and Services Pillow aimed to democratize cryptocurrency investments,…

  • Buzzer

    Buzzer

    What did Buzzer do? Buzzer was a mobile sports streaming app that aimed to provide a personalized sports experience for Gen Z users. Users could download the app and enter their favorite teams or players, then receive notifications when games were close late, when a star player was having a big night, or even when…

  • Fab

    Fab

    Fab, founded in 2010 as a gay-focused social network called Fabulous, quickly pivoted to an e-commerce company focused on daily design inspirations and sales. Co-founded by Jason Goldberg and Bradford Shellhammer, Fab experienced rapid growth, reaching 1 million members in just five months after its re-launch in 2011, faster than Facebook, Twitter, and Groupon. By…

  • 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…