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Analyzing 32 Startup Failure Post-Mortems to Find the 20 Top Reasons that Startups Fail


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We’d previously highlighted the top startup failure post-mortems of all-time here (32 in total) written by a group of startup entrepreneurs gracious enough to share their lessons learned from their startup’s failure.  Many of you read those post-mortems and asked, what are the most common reasons for failure cited across those posts?

Well, we’ve done the work, and below are your answers.  After a thorough analysis of those 32 start-up post-mortems, we have determined the common reasons founders gave to compile this list of the top 20 ways to have your startup fail.  First, a handy chart to highlight the top 20 reasons for failure followed by an explanation of each reason and relevant examples from the the post-mortems.

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Groupon Investors Complete a Series D Round of Funding


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Groupon (http://www.groupon.com) completed a Series D round of funding from Maveron. The company is located in Chicago, Illinois. Continue reading “Groupon Investors Complete a Series D Round of Funding” »

Clickable Investors Add a Venture Capital Round of Funding


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Clickable (http://www.clickable.com) secured a venture capital round of funding from a set of investors including Monster Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Schoffstall Ventures, FirstMark Capital, Jonathan Miller and Peter Thiel. The company is located in New York, New York. Continue reading “Clickable Investors Add a Venture Capital Round of Funding” »

Parentco Investors Complete an Undisclosed Round of Funding


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Parentco (http://www.parentco.com/) closed an undisclosed round of funding. The company is located in New York, New York. Continue reading “Parentco Investors Complete an Undisclosed Round of Funding” »

Snapette Investors Provide an Undisclosed Round of Funding


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Snapette (http://www.snapette.com) secured an undisclosed round of funding. The company is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Continue reading “Snapette Investors Provide an Undisclosed Round of Funding” »

Redbrick Health Investors Ink a Series D Round of Funding


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Redbrick Health (http://www.redbrickhealth.com) closed a Series D round of funding from a set of investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Fidelity Ventures, Versant Ventures and Highland Capital Partners. The company is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Continue reading “Redbrick Health Investors Ink a Series D Round of Funding” »

Ebr Systems Investors Ink an Undisclosed Round of Funding


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Ebr Systems (http://www.ebrsystemsinc.com) closed an undisclosed round of funding from a set of investors including SV Life Sciences, Split Rock Partners, Frazier Healthcare Ventures, Delphi Ventures and De Novo Ventures. The company is located in Sunnyvale, California. Continue reading “Ebr Systems Investors Ink an Undisclosed Round of Funding” »

Stasis Engineering Investors Add an Undisclosed Round of Funding


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Stasis Engineering (http://www.stasisengineering.com/) completed an undisclosed round of funding. The company is located in Kearneysville, West Virginia. Continue reading “Stasis Engineering Investors Add an Undisclosed Round of Funding” »

Shocking Technologies Investors Complete a Series B Round of Funding


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Shocking Technologies (http://www.shockingtechnologies.com) secured a Series B round of funding from a set of investors including Vista Ventures, Arch Venture Partners, ATA Ventures, Balch Hill Partners and Skylake Incuvest & Company. The company is located in San Jose, California. Continue reading “Shocking Technologies Investors Complete a Series B Round of Funding” »

ML Healthcare Services Investors Add a Debt Round of Funding


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ML Healthcare Services (http://www.mlhealthcare.com) closed a debt round of funding. The company is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Continue reading “ML Healthcare Services Investors Add a Debt Round of Funding” »

NeoVista Investors Ink a Series D Round of Funding


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NeoVista (http://www.neovistainc.com) raised a Series D round of funding from a set of investors including Accuitive Medical Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Versant Ventures, SV Life Sciences, MPM Capital and Essex Woodland Health Ventures. The company is located in Newark, California. Continue reading “NeoVista Investors Ink a Series D Round of Funding” »