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There are a lot of things to consider when building a new startup - where to get funding, how to validate your idea, and what features should the product have.

One of the challenges is finding a market that is willing to pay for your solution without even knowing what it is yet.

However, 90% of startups will fail and shut down.

In this article, you can find 13 failed FinTech startups as well as analyses on why they closed down.


13 Failed FinTech Startups

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37Coins

37Coins

37Coins developed a new Bitcoin platform. In 2014, they announced that providing Bitcoin transfer across different regions proved to be impossible.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Johann Barbie, Jonathan Zobro, Songyi Lee

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Closed in:

    2015

  • Nº of employees:

    1-10

  • Funding Amount:

    < $1M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Lack of Funds

You can read more about their failure here.

BitPass

BitPass

Bitpass was a company that gave people a platform to make micropayments online. The main reason for its closure was competition, even after raising $12M.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Kurt Huang

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2002

  • Closed in:

    2007

  • Nº of employees:

    50-100

  • Funding Amount:

    $10M-$50M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Competition

You can read more about their failure here.

CircleBack Lending

CircleBack Lending

CircleBack Lending was a loan marketplace. Due to problems with profitability and issues with the industry, the startup was forced to cease its operations.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Manoj Ramnani & Patrick Questembert

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Closed in:

    2016

  • Nº of employees:

    10-50

  • Funding Amount:

    $10M-$50M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Bad Business Model

You can read more about their failure here.

EventVue

EventVue

EventVue helped to improve the conference networking experience. They lacked product-market fit and failed to test early the usefulness of the product.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Josh Fraser, Rob Johnson

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2007

  • Closed in:

    2010

  • Nº of employees:

    1-10

  • Funding Amount:

    < $1M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Lack of PMF

You can read more about their failure here.

Flowtab

Flowtab

Flowtab was an app that solved the problem of long queues in bars. They tried several business models but never found a profitable one, so they shut down.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Mike Townsend

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Food & Beverage

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Closed in:

    2013

  • Nº of employees:

    50-100

  • Funding Amount:

    $0

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Bad Business Model

You can read more about their failure here.

Koinex

Koinex

Koinex was a cryptocurrency exchange platform. India's laws got harsh against cryptocurrencies and the obstacles and little profits led to its shut down.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Aditya Naik, Rahul Raj, Rakesh Yadav

  • Country:

    India

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2017

  • Closed in:

    2019

  • Nº of employees:

    50-100

  • Funding Amount:

    No Data

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Legal Challenges

You can read more about their failure here.

Monitor110

Monitor110

Monitor110 offered real-time monitoring services for Wall Street. They lost the edge they had by not validating the product and shut down in 2008.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Roger Ehrenberg

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Analytics

  • Started in:

    2003

  • Closed in:

    2008

  • Nº of employees:

    1-10

  • Funding Amount:

    $10M-$50M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Multiple Reasons

You can read more about their failure here.

ScaleFactor

ScaleFactor

ScaleFactor was a tech startup that claimed to automate SME bookkeeping and payroll thanks to an AI they were developing in-house, which wasn't the case.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Kurt Rathmann

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Closed in:

    2020

  • Nº of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    > $50M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Poor Product

You can read more about their failure here.

SellanApp

SellanApp

SellanApp connected people who had an idea for an app with app developers that could materialize it. It failed due to an unhealthy co-founder partnership.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Aernoud Dekker, Milan van den Bovenkamp

  • Country:

    The Netherlands

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Closed in:

    2015

  • Nº of employees:

    1-10

  • Funding Amount:

    < $1M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Failure to Pivot

You can read more about their failure here.

Tilt

Tilt

Tilt was a social payments startup. The CEO was believed to become the next Zuckerberg. However, lack of focus led to shutting down their operations.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    James Beshara, Karolyn Baxter, Khaled Hussein

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Closed in:

    2017

  • Nº of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    > $50M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Lack of Focus

You can read more about their failure here.

Wesabe

Wesabe

Wesabe is a former Personal Finance Management system that helped clients make better financial decisions. Having better competitors made Wesabe fail.

Details of the startup:

  • Founders:

    Jason Knight, Marc Hedlund

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2005

  • Closed in:

    2010

  • Nº of employees:

    10-50

  • Funding Amount:

    $1M-$10M

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Bad Management

You can read more about their failure here.

Birdy

Birdy

The Birdy was a simple app to track spending habits. Corey never figured out how to monetize it which also caused scaling issues.

Details of the startup:

  • Founder:

    Corey Maass

  • Country:

    United States

  • Industry:

    Finances

  • Started in:

    2009

  • Closed in:

    2015

  • Funding Amount:

    $0

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Lack of Funds

You can read more about their failure here.

Profitabilly

Profitabilly

Natagon is an entrepreneur from Bali who, trying to solve a problem he was struggling with in his development agency, built a SaaS that mixed a project management software with an accounting one. Using cold-emails, he was soon able to make it profitable, but lack of passion led to its shut down.

Details of the startup:

  • Founder:

    Natagon

  • Country:

    Indonesia

  • Industry:

    Software & Hardware

  • Started in:

    2018

  • Closed in:

    2019

  • Funding Amount:

    $0

  • Specific cause of failure:

    Lack of Focus

You can read more about their failure here.

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