Startup Failure Postmortems: Lessons for Success



Startup Failure Postmortems is excellent for a first-time entrepreneur looking to avoid common mistakes of Entrepreneurship.
There is no single root cause for the demise of Startups, and no Statistics can explain the reasoning behind the journey of a Startup from the cradle to the grave.

Here we list down some resources that compile or curate Startup Failure Postmortems and we believe will give Entrepreneurs a new perspective on Startup failure and success.


Collapsed is a platform that collects and analyses failed startups. Users are able to contribute failed startups to the platform and provide their own insights regarding why a particular startup failed.

60+ Postmortems

Total Shares: 1.15k
Web Ranking: 1,050,642
Daily Time on Site: 2:60


Startup Graveyard

This site is a resource for entrepreneurs to avoid making the same mistakes as failed startups. We hope that this project can help de-stigmatize failure, increase transparency, create a community and improve the information on the site. It’s a lot to ask, but it starts here.

25+ Postmortems

Total Shares: 4.58k
Web ranking: 156,406
Daily Time on Site: 3:13



In a simple spreadsheet format, the site lists each startup name, its basic idea, the founder, and the company’s reason for failure with a link out to an article about its demise.

140+ Postmortems

Total Shares: 13.92k
Web ranking: 1,263,731
Daily Time on Site: 1:29


CB Insights

A compilation of startup failure post-mortems by founders and investors. Most of the failures have been told by the company’s founders, but in a few cases, they did find a couple from competitors, early employees, or investors.

230+ Postmortems

Total Shares: 42
Web ranking: 16,424
Daily Time on Site: 2:45


Product Graveyard

Commemorating the most memorable products that have gone away  And finding some alternatives along the way

1050+ Postmortems

Total Shares: 1.4k
Web ranking: 204,741
Daily Time on Site: 3:02


We have a database of 500k+ Startups that have shut down over the past few years. If you want to collaborate with us to build a Startup Postmortem Report
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