Startup Graveyard

Startup Graveyard

Justin Kan Says Airbnb Came This Close to Start-Up Suicide


In a rallying cry for perseverance in the face of the flight instinct—you know, the one that kicks in when revenue in scant, buzz is flat, your product has no traction, and your team can’t agree on anything—’s Justin Kan has an impassioned post on TechCrunch against “start-up suicide.” Mr. Kan defines it as “a phenomenon in which a start-up’s founders and its management kill the company while it’s still very much breathing,” placing the fault of a start-up’s demise on the founder’s lack of persistence more so than a failing product.

According to Mr. Kan, it almost happened to Airbnb. Read More

Startup Graveyard

CollegeOnly: We Died of Hype


CollegeOnly, the Facebook for college students that kicks its users out once they graduate, is no more.

The idea had a ton of traction, especially among the generation that started school while Mark Zuckerberg was at Harvard (we really thoughtFacebook would be about college forever). I was at the tech blog ReadWriteWeb at Read More