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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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Netscape

Developed enterprise software solutions

General Information
Category
Productivity
Country
United States
Started
In 1994
Business Failure
Business Outcome
Shut Down
Closed
By 2008
Cause of Failure
Poor Product
Founders & Employees
Number of Founders
Three
Name of Founders
James Clark, Jon Mittelhauser, Marc Andreessen
Number of Employees
Between 5001 And 10000
Funding
Number of Funding Rounds
1
Total Funding Amount
No Data
Number of Investors
1
Description

Netscape, or more precisely, Netscape Navigator, was one of the most significant internet applications in the history of the web. It was launched by Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark. Having built a highly innovative product and having no real competition back in 1995, the company was evaluated at $3 billion since the first day it went public and would go on to become one of the backbones to the Mozilla project.

Cause of Failure

Despite its early success, Netscape had no real chance to beat Microsoft who released IE 1.0 soon after Netscape and continued on improve on it until they finally took over Netscape and were able to offer a consistently better product than their counterpart.

Netscape eventually becomes obsolete for the most part but was, however, acquired by AOL in November 1998 for $4.2 billion. After the hire, the company tried again to release upgraded versions of the browser but the battle seemed to have already been won by Microsoft. Netscape finally decided to outsource their code which would later give rise to Firefox. AOL finally shut down Netscape in 2008.

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Enabled developers to host, assemble and run their applications

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In 2008
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Between 251 And 500
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Mismanagement of Funds
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FoundationDB

Scalable NoSQL layered database

Software and Hardware
Acquired
$22.7M
Acquisition Flu
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United States
In 2009
By 2015
Three
Between 11 And 50
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LayerVault

Allowed users to store and collaborate on design work

Design
Shut Down
$535K
Lack of Funds
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United States
In 2011
By 2014
Two
Between 11 And 50
Less Than 1M
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Shut Down
Parse

Cloud-based software developer kits

Software and Hardware
Shut Down
$7M
Acquisition Flu
Software and Hardware
United States
In 2011
By 2016
Four
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Acquisition Flu
Shut Down
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