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QBotix

Solar panels attached and regulated by robots

General Information
Category
Software and Hardware
Country
United States
Started
In 2010
Business Failure
Business Outcome
Shut Down
Closed
By 2015
Cause of Failure
Multiple Reasons
Founders & Employees
Number of Founders
One
Name of Founders
Wasiq Bokhari
Number of Employees
Between 11 And 50
Funding
Number of Funding Rounds
3
Total Funding Amount
$23.5M
Number of Investors
7
Description

QBotix seemed like a very promising cleantech startup, so much so that it was able to raise a collective $23.5M in funding. QBotix offered solar panels that were attached and regulated by robots which could track solar light and rotate the panels automatically. The aim was that of reducing systems cost and maximize efficiency and productivity.

Cause of Failure

QBotix had a useful and innovative product. The two-axis tracker system they came up with was the first of its kind and it was supposed to be an upgrade from the one-axis solar trackers present in the market. What happened, though, was that the technology and the efficiency of their competitors in the single-axis sector improved so rapidly that it made the traditional product more cost-effective and optimized than what QBotix came up with.

Adding to that, investors realized that the market acceptance and adoption of QBotix weren't as fast as they were expecting it to be so funding started to dwindle. QBotix then tried to license the product and provide its software for other companies to use, but the move wasn't successful and they had to lay off their staff and announce the shutdown of their operations.

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