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A big resource for entrepreneurs and startup owners, in which we have collected and analyzed why +100 big companies have failed. Learn from mistakes, and avoid being part of the 90% of businesses that fail.

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Dopplr

Social travel network service

General Information
Category
Travel
Country
United States
Started
In 2007
Business Failure
Business Outcome
Shut Down
Closed
Active
Cause of Failure
Acquisition Flu
Founders & Employees
Number of Founders
Five
Name of Founders
Dan Gillmor, Lisa Sounio, Marko Ahtisaari, Matt Jones, Taneli Tikka
Number of Employees
Between 1 And 10
Funding
Number of Funding Rounds
3
Total Funding Amount
No Data
Number of Investors
16
Description

Dopplr was a social travel network service. With Dopplr users could create personalized travel schedules with the option to share and link their trip plans with people in their contact list so as to coordinate a meeting or simply keep track of each other journeys. Dopplr was established in 2007 and had headquarters in the UK.

Cause of Failure

Dopplr had a stellar team of investors and seemed a promising company. In 2009, however, came news that Nokia had acquired the startup for about $20 million. The company’s value and the number of Dopplr user’s freefall since Nokia's purchased it. The platform was maintained for a while without further development before Nokia pulled the plug in late 2013, effectively shutting down Dopplr.

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E-commerce selling prenatal care products

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Fuhu

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$66.2M
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In 2006
By 2015
Three
Between 501 And 1000
More Than 50M
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Alikolo

Online marketplace organization

e-Commerce
Shut Down
$100K
Lack of Experience
e-Commerce
Indonesia
In 2014
By 2015
One
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Lack of Experience
Shut Down
Kichit

Brought local chefs to private households

Food and Beverage
Shut Down
$8.1M
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Food and Beverage
United States
In 2011
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
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Shut Down
BitPass

Online payment system for digital content

Finances
Shut Down
$13.3M
Competition
Finances
United States
In 2002
By 2007
One
Between 51 And 100
Between 10M 50M
Competition
Shut Down
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