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.

Stayzilla

Indian homestay network

General Information
Category
Travel
Country
India
Started
In 2005
Business Failure
Business Outcome
Shut Down
Closed
By 2017
Cause of Failure
Lack of Focus
Founders & Employees
Number of Founders
Four
Name of Founders
Rupal Yogendra, Sachit Singhi, Sachit Singhi, Yogendra Vasupal
Number of Employees
Between 251 And 500
Funding
Number of Funding Rounds
4
Total Funding Amount
$34M
Number of Investors
4
Description

Stayzilla was a successful homestay network in India and it raised $33.5 million in funding. Yogendra Vasupal, the founder, launched the company, under the name Inasra Technologies, in 2005. He then changed the name to Stayzilla in 2010, because the owner wanted to expand his services in all the cities and Zillas (Districts) in India. The company was an early Airbnb business type that provided an online platform in which homestays, ‘alternative stays’, as well as hotels could be listed. Stayzilla had over 15000 stays in about 1100 cities across the country and in 2013 it reached the 500 bookings in a day milestone.

Cause of Failure

Throughout its 12 years of operation, Stayzilla had to deal with a varied number of challenges.

The potential for a business like Stayzilla was huge, especially because they were among the first companies in India to venture into the sector and make use of technology. However, being the first mover meant also that people were not very familiar with the concept, nor how to take advantage of the service and basically many didn’t even know how to use the internet. So Stayzilla’s first efforts and resources had to be directed towards both educating the market as well as essentially creating homestays.

As more competitors joined the market, various companies tried to differentiate themselves by offering frequent discounts. But Stayzilla’s operations costs were already too high and they were losing money every year. The CEO also mentioned that they had also lost focus on the essential mission they had envisioned for the company.

The company has not been declared officially closed, though, as the CEO considers this a pause to regain clarity and plans to return on the scene with an improved service and a ‘clean slate’ soon.

Go on Reading

Rdio

Digital music service provider

Music
Bankruptcy
$125.7M
Competition
Music
United States
In 2008
By 2015
Three
Between 51 And 100
More Than 50M
Competition
Bankruptcy
Flowtab

Mobile app to order drinks on nightclubs

Food and Beverage
Shut Down
-
Bad Business Model
Food and Beverage
United States
In 2011
By 2013
One
Between 51 And 100
Nothing
Bad Business Model
Shut Down
Netscape

Developed enterprise software solutions

Productivity
Shut Down
No Data
Poor Product
Productivity
United States
In 1994
By 2008
Three
Between 5001 And 10000
No Data
Poor Product
Shut Down
Move Loot

Furniture online marketplace

e-Commerce
Shut Down
$21.8M
Bad Business Model
e-Commerce
United States
In 2013
By 2016
Four
Between 51 And 100
Between 10M 50M
Bad Business Model
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
Yik Yak

Anonymous location-based social network

Social Media
Shut Down
$73.5M
Legal Challenges
Social Media
United States
In 2013
By 2017
Three
Between 11 And 50
More Than 50M
Legal Challenges
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.