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5 Failed Startups Founded in Berlin

Here's a list of 5 failed startups from Berlin, analyses on why they shut down, and interviews with their founders.

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Here’s a list of 5 failed startups from Berlin.

Some of them were big, with huge teams and funding rounds.

Others were smaller, ran by the co-founders, and with no funding.

But all of them shut down.

And each for a specific cause of failure.


5 Failed Startups Founded in Berlin

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Auctionata

Auctionata

Auctionata was an online auction platform for art and luxury. Their issues originated from unethical behavior, lack of transparency, and lies by the CEO.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Alexander Gilkes, Alexander Zacke, Georg Untersalmberger, Susanne Zacke

  • Country:

    Germany

  • Industry:

    e-Commerce

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Closed in:

    2017

  • Nº of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    > $50M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Legal Challenges

You can read more about their failure here.

Moped

Moped

Moped was a free social app. It had not enough entertaining and fast-growing content that could attract a broad mass of users. It closed after 16 years.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Schuyler Deerman

  • Country:

    Germany

  • Industry:

    Social Media

  • Started in:

    1998

  • Closed in:

    2014

  • Nº of employees:

    10-50

  • Funding Amount:

    $1M-$10M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    No Market Need

You can read more about their failure here.

Flux

Flux

Flux was a modular multi messaging client. They raised a small angel round of 70K € and invested another 15K €. A combination of many issues led to their failure.

Details of the startup:

  • Founder:

    Jan Johannes

  • Country:

    Germany

  • Industry:

    Software & Hardware

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Closed in:

    2016

  • Funding Amount:

    < $100K

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Bad Management

You can read more about their failure here.

Rent Nest

Rent Nest

Steven was co-founder at Rent Nest, an app that allowed users to collect and share information on houses to rent. They raised some money from friends and were soon accepted on a startup accelerator. Throughout two years, the startup grew to $12k/mo, but they were spending +$40k/mo, which led them to eventually running out of funds and shutting down.

Details of the startup:

  • Founder:

    Steven Glod

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Software & Hardware

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Closed in:

    2014

  • Funding Amount:

    < $100K

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Bad Business Model

You can read more about their failure here.

Young Entrepreneurs' Program

Young Entrepreneurs' Program

Fabian founded Young Entrepreneurs Program, a one-year educational program for entrepreneurs aged 17 to 23. After 2 years and 150,000€ spent, they had 30,000€ in ARR and had to shut down due to no product-market fit.

Details of the startup:

  • Founder:

    Fabian Tausch

  • Country:

    Germany

  • Industry:

    Education

  • Started in:

    2018

  • Closed in:

    2020

  • Funding Amount:

    $0

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Bad Market Fit

You can read more about their failure here.

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