Startup Cemetery

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Travel
India
In 2005
By 2017
Four
Between 251 And 500
Between 10M 50M
Lack of Focus
Shut Down
Analytics
Canada
In 2012
By 2012
Two
Between 1 And 10
No Data
Lack of Funds
Acquired
Productivity
United States
In 1994
By 2008
Three
Between 5001 And 10000
No Data
Poor Product
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
United States
In 2014
By 2017
Two
Between 101 And 250
Between 10M 50M
Bad Business Model
Acquired
Design
United States
In 2012
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Acquisition Flu
Shut Down
e-Commerce
United States
In 2013
By 2016
Four
Between 51 And 100
Between 10M 50M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
e-Commerce
United States
In 2009
By 2013
Five
Between 501 And 1000
More Than 50M
Multiple Reasons
Acquired
e-Commerce
Denmark
In 2014
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Multiple Reasons
Bankruptcy
Food and Beverage
United States
In 2013
By 2017
Four
Between 51 And 100
More Than 50M
Competition
Shut Down
Software and Hardware
United States
In 2009
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Bad Market Fit
Acquired
Transportation
United States
In 2013
By 2016
Two
Between 101 And 250
More Than 50M
Mismanagement of Funds
Acquired
Productivity
United States
In 2011
By 2015
Three
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Multiple Reasons
Acquired
Social Media
United States
In 2007
By 2009
Four
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Travel
India
In 2013
By 2017
Three
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Competition
Shut Down
Transportation
United Kingdom
In 2014
By 2016
One
Between 51 And 100
Between 10M 50M
Poor Product
Acquired
Social Media
United States
In 2007
By 2013
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Competition
Acquired
Social Media
United States
In 2009
By 2013
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Legal Challenges
Shut Down
Marketing
United States
In 2013
By 2015
Four
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Acquisition Flu
Acquired
Finances
United States
In 2012
By 2017
Three
Between 101 And 250
More Than 50M
Lack of Focus
Acquired
Social Media
United States
In 2013
By 2017
Three
Between 11 And 50
More Than 50M
Legal Challenges
Shut Down
Music
United States
In 2006
By 2015
Three
Between 51 And 100
Between 1M 10M
Legal Challenges
Shut Down
Analytics
United States
In 2009
By 2014
One
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Bad Management
Shut Down
Transportation
United States
In 2013
By 2016
One
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Mismanagement of Funds
Shut Down
Travel
United States
In 2007
Active
Five
Between 1 And 10
No Data
Acquisition Flu
Shut Down
Analytics
United States
In 2010
By 2013
Two
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Poor Product
Shut Down
Music
Italy
In 2009
By 2015
Four
Between 11 And 50
No Data
Acquisition Flu
Acquired
e-Commerce
United States
In 2009
By 2014
Two
Between 1001 And 5000
More Than 50M
Bad Marketing
Shut Down
e-Commerce
United States
In 2009
By 2013
Two
Between 51 And 100
Between 10M 50M
Poor Product
Shut Down
Software and Hardware
United States
In 2011
By 2015
Three
Between 101 And 250
Between 1M 10M
Mismanagement of Funds
Shut Down
Travel
India
In 2014
By 2017
One
Between 101 And 250
Between 1M 10M
Lack of Funds
Bankruptcy
Software and Hardware
Canada
In 2014
By 2015
Three
Between 51 And 100
Less Than 1M
No Market Need
Shut Down
Design
United States
In 2011
By 2014
Two
Between 11 And 50
Less Than 1M
Lack of Funds
Shut Down
Marketing
United States
In 2007
By 2009
Three
Between 1 And 10
Between 1M 10M
Dependence on Others
Acquired
Software and Hardware
United States
In 2008
By 2016
One
Between 251 And 500
Between 10M 50M
Mismanagement of Funds
Bankruptcy
Software and Hardware
United States
In 2010
By 2015
One
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Multiple Reasons
Shut Down
Productivity
United States
In 2015
By 2015
Four
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Social Media
United States
In 2003
Active
Seven
Between 251 And 500
Between 10M 50M
Multiple Reasons
Still Active
Food and Beverage
India
In 2014
By 2016
Two
Between 1001 And 5000
More Than 50M
Poor Product
Shut Down
e-Commerce
Australia
In 2010
By 2014
One
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Multiple Reasons
Shut Down
Transportation
United States
In 2011
By 2015
Two
Between 51 And 100
Between 10M 50M
Competition
Acquired
Marketing
United States
In 2010
By 2014
One
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Competition
Shut Down
Software and Hardware
United States
In 2006
By 2015
Three
Between 501 And 1000
More Than 50M
Mismanagement of Funds
Acquired
Social Media
India
In 2014
By 2016
Two
Between 51 And 100
Less Than 1M
Bad Market Fit
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
United States
In 2011
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Competition
Shut Down
Education
India
In 2013
By 2014
Two
Between 1 And 10
Nothing
Lack of Experience
Shut Down
Music
Denmark
In 2014
By 2015
One
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Multiple Reasons
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
United Kingdom
In 2012
By 2014
Two
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
No Market Need
Shut Down
Social Media
Philippines
In 2001
By 2015
One
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Bad Market Fit
Shut Down
Transportation
India
In 2014
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
India
In 2015
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
No Data
Competition
Shut Down
Analytics
Latvia
In 2011
By 2015
One
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Multiple Reasons
Shut Down
Finances
United States
In 2002
By 2007
One
Between 51 And 100
Between 10M 50M
Competition
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
United States
In 2013
By 2017
One
Between 101 And 250
More Than 50M
Bad Business Model
Bankruptcy
Education
United States
In 2006
By 2016
One
Between 51 And 100
More Than 50M
Competition
Acquired
Analytics
United States
In 2003
By 2008
One
Between 1 And 10
Between 10M 50M
Multiple Reasons
Shut Down
Software and Hardware
United States
In 2011
By 2016
Four
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Acquisition Flu
Shut Down
e-Commerce
United Kingdom
In 2011
By 2015
One
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Lack of Experience
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
United States
In 2011
By 2013
One
Between 51 And 100
Nothing
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Finances
United States
In 2014
By 2015
Three
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Lack of Funds
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
United States
In 2014
By 2017
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
No Market Need
Shut Down
Marketing
United States
In 2011
By 2015
One
Between 1 And 10
Nothing
No Market Need
Shut Down
Design
United States
In 2016
By 2017
Two
Between 1 And 10
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Productivity
United States
In 2003
By 2008
Two
Between 11 And 50
Less Than 1M
Bad Management
Acquired
e-Commerce
United States
In 2011
By 2013
One
More Than 10000
Between 1M 10M
Competition
Shut Down
Finances
The Netherlands
In 2012
By 2015
Two
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Failure To Pivot
Bankruptcy
Marketing
Denmark
In 2011
By 2013
Four
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Lack of Funds
Bankruptcy
Social Media
United States
In 2012
By 2017
Three
Between 51 And 100
No Data
Multiple Reasons
Shut Down
Marketing
Sweden
In 2012
By 2016
Four
Between 11 And 50
Less Than 1M
Lack of Focus
Shut Down
e-Commerce
Germany
In 2012
By 2017
Four
Between 251 And 500
More Than 50M
Legal Challenges
Shut Down
Social Media
United States
In 2013
By 2015
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Legal Challenges
Shut Down
Design
United Kingdom
In 2005
By 2014
One
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
No Market Need
Shut Down
Education
United States
In 2009
By 2013
Two
More Than 10000
More Than 50M
Competition
Acquired
Productivity
United States
In 2008
By 2014
One
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Lack of Focus
Acquired
Transportation
United States
In 2013
By 2015
One
Between 51 And 100
Between 1M 10M
Legal Challenges
Shut Down
Travel
United States
In 2011
By 2014
Three
Between 1 And 10
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Acquired
e-Commerce
Spain
In 2014
By 2015
Four
Between 11 And 50
Less Than 1M
Failure To Pivot
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
United States
In 2013
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Competition
Shut Down
Music
United States
In 2011
By 2013
One
Between 1 And 10
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Software and Hardware
United States
In 2009
By 2015
Three
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Acquisition Flu
Acquired
Marketing
United States
In 2010
By 2015
Three
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Lack of Funds
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
United States
In 2011
By 2016
Three
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
e-Commerce
Indonesia
In 2014
By 2015
One
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Lack of Experience
Shut Down
Transportation
United States
In 2011
By 2011
Two
Between 1 And 10
Between 1M 10M
Legal Challenges
Acquired
Productivity
United States
In 2011
By 2015
Two
Between 501 And 1000
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Food and Beverage
Belgium
In 2013
By 2016
Four
Between 101 And 250
Between 10M 50M
Competition
Bankruptcy
Analytics
United States
In 2002
By 2014
Two
Between 51 And 100
More Than 50M
Bad Market Fit
Shut Down
Finances
United States
In 2007
By 2010
Two
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Bad Market Fit
Shut Down
Music
United States
In 2008
By 2015
Three
Between 51 And 100
More Than 50M
Competition
Bankruptcy
Transportation
United States
In 2014
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 10M 50M
Lack of Funds
Shut Down
Social Media
Germany
In 1998
By 2014
One
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
No Market Need
Acquired
Education
United States
In 2010
By 2013
Three
Between 51 And 100
Between 1M 10M
Bad Marketing
Acquired
Analytics
United States
In 2013
By 2015
Four
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Social Media
United States
In 2004
Active
One
Between 51 And 100
Between 10M 50M
Competition
Still Active
Productivity
United States
In 2003
By 2017
One
Between 51 And 100
No Data
Acquisition Flu
Still Active
e-Commerce
United States
In 1997
By 2002
Seven
Between 51 And 100
Between 10M 50M
Lack of Experience
Shut Down
Music
United Kingdom
In 2013
By 2016
Two
Between 101 And 250
Between 10M 50M
Mismanagement of Funds
Acquired
Productivity
United States
In 2010
By 2013
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Multiple Reasons
Shut Down
Software and Hardware
India
In 2014
By 2015
Three
Between 1 And 10
No Data
Lack of Experience
Shut Down
Finances
United States
In 2005
By 2010
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Bad Management
Shut Down
Productivity
France
In 2012
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Acquired