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Online marketplace organization
Startup Cemetery
Shut Down
Lack of Experience
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Name of Founders:
Danny Taniwan
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What was Alikolo?

Alikolo was an eMarketplace organization started in 2014, in Indonesia. The organization's goal was to address purchasers' issues from an online stage. Alikolo’s model was such that sellers could list their product in the e-marketplace and buyers could access the sites to make their purchases. Alikolo would then ensure that the items purchased from the online stage would be delivered to their remote destinations. Initially, they incentivized the delivery by offering free shipping but when the shipping promotion stopped, their sales dropped significantly.


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Why did Alikolo fail and shut down?

As a matter of first importance, the author, Taniwan did not have a clear vision of the quality of the organization in connection to its rivals and that might be because its eMarketplace idea lacked uniqueness. This is highlighted by Taniwan inability to give a reason for which a customer should purchase at Alikolo specifically instead of purchasing from their rivals.

One of the significant slip-ups that Alikolo made was to offer the greater part of the organization’s stake to speculators. This put the founder as a minority investor and limited its involvement and influence in some aspects of the business. This kind of business structure, where the CEO becomes a minority investor frightened off other potential speculators and therefore, Alikolo failed to secure a second round of financing. This eventually prompted absence of adequate assets that could have been used to scale up the organization and assemble an aggressive and more successful platform. Ultimately, the major obstacles that Alikolo faced were internal since it had its leadership lacked experience in both designing and running an organization.

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