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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.

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Transpose

Smart workspace for businesses to manage projects

General Information
Category
Productivity
Country
United States
Started
In 2015
Business Failure
Business Outcome
Shut Down
Closed
By 2015
Cause of Failure
Bad Business Model
Founders & Employees
Number of Founders
Four
Name of Founders
Hussein Ahmed, Matt Goyer, Samah Gad, Skyler Johnson-Wagner
Number of Employees
Between 11 And 50
Funding
Number of Funding Rounds
1
Total Funding Amount
$1.5M
Number of Investors
2
Description

Transpose, a Seattle startup which initially took off as a note-taking app known as KustomNote, decided subsequently to implement a major strategy shift that would give full attention to its business customers. Transpose then grew into a more comprehensive information management platform, changed its name and introduced new features. It also started charging its users a monthly fee of $14.99 per to access to its tools while keeping a limited-access free plan.

Cause of Failure

Transpose operated for about two years before shutting down on December 9th, 2016 citing the inability to generate enough revenue to sustain the business as one of the main culprits. Although no further details were divulged following such closure, the company probably failed in its marketing strategy and product placement. Another possible reason for low revenue generation could have been the company's product pricing strategy which might have not resonate well with its initial clients that had originally used the app as an alternative to Evernote.

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Consumer healthcare technology company

Health
Shut Down
$1.4B
Legal Challenges
Health
United States
In 2003
By 2018
One
Between 11 And 50
More Than 50M
Legal Challenges
Shut Down
Shipbeat

Shipping API for e-commerce companies

e-Commerce
Bankruptcy
€1.2M
Multiple Reasons
e-Commerce
Denmark
In 2014
By 2016
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Multiple Reasons
Bankruptcy
Leap Transit

Provider of private transit and offers bus services

Transportation
Shut Down
$2.5M
Legal Challenges
Transportation
United States
In 2013
By 2015
One
Between 51 And 100
Between 1M 10M
Legal Challenges
Shut Down
Utrip

AI-powered travel planning services

Travel
Shut Down
$6M
Mismanagement of Funds
Travel
United States
In 2012
By 2019
Two
Between 11 And 50
Between 1M 10M
Mismanagement of Funds
Shut Down
Appiterate

Mobile marketing automation platform

Marketing
Acquired
$500K
Acquisition Flu
Marketing
United States
In 2013
By 2015
Four
Between 1 And 10
Less Than 1M
Acquisition Flu
Acquired
Selltag

Platform for people to sell and buy items

e-Commerce
Shut Down
€325K
Failure To Pivot
e-Commerce
Spain
In 2014
By 2015
Four
Between 11 And 50
Less Than 1M
Failure To Pivot
Shut Down
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