Startup Cemetery

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.

This is Brought to You by:
Acadium

Acadium

120 hours of digital marketing from a remote apprentice for only $299 (+ $50 off!)

NerdPilots

NerdPilots

Get fast, reliable web, mobile and software development help 24/7.

This could be your AD. Sponsor Startup Cemetery to reach +10,000 entrepreneurs.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!

Invite us into your inbox and get immense learning and 80+ deals on tools to help you scale your startup (worth up to $50,000)!

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Juicero

First home cold-pressed juicing system

General Information
Category
Food and Beverage
Country
United States
Started
In 2013
Business Failure
Business Outcome
Bankruptcy
Closed
By 2017
Cause of Failure
Bad Business Model
Founders & Employees
Number of Founders
One
Name of Founders
Doug Evans
Number of Employees
Between 101 And 250
Funding
Number of Funding Rounds
4
Total Funding Amount
$118.5M
Number of Investors
16
Description

Juicero was a juice company that collected fresh organic fruits and vegetables for the customers, prepared, and put them in special single serve packets. It offered pre-sold packets of diced fruits and vegetables. It solved the produce gap and ensured that it took care of the washing, cutting preparing for people to eat in a simple way. It brought convenience to the people by using a Wi-Fi connected juice press that automatically squeezed the single servings packets into a glass of cold fresh juice. Juicero stated mission was helping people attain optimal health by making it easier for them to consume fresh raw foods.

Cause of Failure

Juicero failed to build a profitable business after raising a substantial amount of funds under the claim of innovation and disruption. The company received funding from high profile firms before users realized that the machines were useless.

The high initial price of $699 was already a barrier for many of its potential customers and the fact that the machine only worked with Wi-Fi was an additional inconvenience. To add to that, the company put a scannable QR code on each packet serving and the machine would not function unless it detected the presence of said code. In other words, people could not press home-made packets but had to order them from Juicero, each packet costed between $5 and $7. After months of slow sales, the company tried to sell its product at $400 and planned to offer a cheaper version in the months to come.

The company received one last blow when Bloomberg News published a video proving that simply by hand squeezing the packets you could obtain a full glass of juice and that the $700 machine was really useless. Few months after that Juicero went bankrupt and has since been classified as another absurd Silicon Valley startup product that raised huge funds but didn’t really solve any real problem.

Go on Reading

WOW Air

Ultra-low-cost transatlantic airline service

Transportation
Bankruptcy
-
Multiple Reasons
Transportation
Iceland
In 2011
By 2019
One
Between 51 And 100
No Data
Multiple Reasons
Bankruptcy
Call9

On-demand doctors in emergency situations

Health
Shut Down
$34M
Bad Business Model
Health
United States
In 2015
By 2019
Three
Between 101 And 250
Between 10M 50M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Dinnr

Ingredients and recipe to create meals at home

Food and Beverage
Shut Down
£60K
No Market Need
Food and Beverage
United Kingdom
In 2012
By 2014
Two
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
No Market Need
Shut Down
Poliana

Web application that simplified the legislative system

Analytics
Shut Down
$15K
Bad Business Model
Analytics
United States
In 2013
By 2015
Four
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Salorix

Online social network engagement platform

Analytics
Shut Down
$3.5M
Bad Management
Analytics
United States
In 2009
By 2014
One
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Bad Management
Shut Down
Mailbox

Inbox that made email light, fast, and mobile-friendly.

Productivity
Shut Down
$5M
Bad Business Model
Productivity
United States
In 2011
By 2015
Two
Between 501 And 1000
Between 1M 10M
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
This is Brought to You by:
NerdPilots

NerdPilots

Get fast, reliable web, mobile and software development help 24/7.

Acadium

Acadium

120 hours of digital marketing from a remote apprentice for only $299 (+ $50 off!).

This could be your AD. Sponsor Startup Cemetery to reach +10,000 entrepreneurs.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!

Invite us into your inbox and get immense learning and 80+ deals on tools to help you scale your startup (worth up to $50,000)!

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.