Failure Questions


4 Votes
1 Answers
1.1K Views
What's the worst failure you had in business and what did you learn from it?

What's the biggest failure you had while building a startup and what was the take away?

asked Jun 16 '14 at 21:25
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Verdell Smith
22 points

2 Votes
0 Answers
758 Views
What is the biggest risk your have taken in your startup and how did it turn out?

What is the biggest risk you undertook at your company and what happened?Mine was maxing out all my credit cards. I went from having $100K in the bank to owing over $200K in loans. In the end, it...

asked Jul 16 '14 at 19:13
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Lawrence Perez
11 points

3 Votes
2 Answers
1.48K Views
Both cofounders quit. Rebrand?

So me and 2 other cofounders spent a year building a product together, however it got no traction. We have a ery expensive buyout price however, but I don't think it makes sense to buy them out. So...

asked Oct 22 '14 at 21:10
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User34175
16 points

2 Votes
3 Answers
984 Views
Post launch: when should we pivot or call it quits if our startup isn't getting many users?

It always happens when I launch new apps. A month or two into marketing it, there is very little growth or paid customers. Which leads to me losing interest or getting pessimistic about the app...

asked May 22 '15 at 11:43
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Robert Miller
14 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
1.89K Views
Build a career or do a start up?

I have been working for the past 2 years on my start up product as it stands: 1) I have the mobile application built and ready for launch 2) The backend is all done3) We have conducted beta...

asked Oct 3 '15 at 00:35
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User34199
46 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
1.12K Views
What's it like to shutdown a startup that is not succeeding?

Apart from the emotional toll, what procedures do you follow with regards to selling off assets, any IP that you can sell, financial obligations, etc.

asked Feb 24 '14 at 23:16
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Russell Denniston
35 points

15 Votes
11 Answers
1.97K Views
My startup is failing

I'm currently 25 years old. About 2 years ago (at the age of 23), I quit my job and started a company with two friends. I dedicated a lot of time and hard work to it. I used to code 12 - 15 hours...

asked Nov 18 '13 at 06:49
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Sticox
79 points

5 Votes
2 Answers
2.89K Views
Getting a job after failing at entrepreneurship?

What are some hurdles you'll come across while hunting for a job after trying to build your own startups (unsuccessfully for 5+ years)?I'm a software engineer. I'm a generalist who does many other...

asked Mar 19 '14 at 19:13
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Mike Steve
40 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
872 Views
Biggest mistake you made early on in your startup?

What was the biggest mistake you made during the first few months of your startup?

asked Mar 14 '14 at 22:01
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John Aquino
55 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
636 Views
How to convince co-founder that we need to shutdown our company?

My co-founder and I have been working on a bunch of different apps for Android that just aren't going anywhere.While we both hold full time jobs and do this on the side, how do I break it to him...

asked Mar 3 '14 at 22:36
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Susan Wagner
60 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
585 Views
How do you know when to pivot or give up on your startup?

I've been trying for 6 months to get any decent traction and have been unable to do so.When do you know when to just give up on your startup and start a new one? Or pivot and try a different angle?

asked Mar 3 '14 at 19:28
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Reginald Ramirez
60 points

-4 Votes
2 Answers
818 Views
Failed startup right after MBA. Is my career in jeopardy?

I completed my MBA in 2012 and then worked for 6 months as an analyst, but quit my job to work on a startup. I am not a technical person so I hired a company to develop the website and we ran...

asked Dec 4 '13 at 20:06
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Kriti
6 points

0 Votes
3 Answers
607 Views
Trying to figure out the right lessons from a failed consumer web product

I created a web application that allowed users to share their ideas using a twitter like interface with some decent capabilities like location,search,voting and (ideas as response) , response...

asked Aug 26 '13 at 20:10
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Arko D
101 points

0 Votes
2 Answers
550 Views
What is the best way to take most out of a failed startup?

In the case that startup I'm working on for several years is going to fail, what is the best way to get most experience out of it? I see the following options: Try to continue in the same...

asked Aug 26 '13 at 06:47
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Jhexp
105 points

9 Votes
2 Answers
861 Views
What to say to testers and leads after your startup fails?

I recently decided to end my startup project. I've been working with a few testers and communicating with many potential customers via email blasts. They are expecting us to release a production...

asked May 28 '13 at 13:34
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Sguptaet
242 points

6 Votes
3 Answers
580 Views
About facing setbacks

So I develop further and further on a web project. I put in some considerable amount of money. But the more I develop the less I enjoy doing it, I hate it, doing it all on my own. All the time new...

asked Dec 11 '12 at 14:48
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User1505034
31 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
640 Views
Getting new solution for stalled startup

I have been working on an education services startup for about 1 Year. At this stage the whole product must be completed, but I still have ~30% remaining. Following is my case: We are a group of...

asked Jul 20 '12 at 16:56
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Darshan Joshi
154 points

1 Votes
2 Answers
524 Views
Are there any good statistics out there not just on the failure % of startups, but the reasons associated with those failures?

There's a lot of rhetoric, on both sides, about why businesses succeed and fail, but I've seen really no good numbers backing up the claims of either major political party. (in the US) Sure,...

asked Jun 1 '12 at 16:51
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Splinter Reality
106 points

3 Votes
2 Answers
709 Views
How do prevent a prior startup failure from discouraging you to start another?

In the mid-90s I was involved with a partner for two years in a non-internet related tech startup (I know, stupid). The OP provided money and the business end. It was a 50/50 deal. I was a...

asked Jan 9 '12 at 10:13
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Len
376 points

17 Votes
5 Answers
1.2K Views
When to kill a startup?

I've been working on a side project for several months, and it's doing ok. I've done a lot of testing and talking to customers, and I'm very confident that this could be a viable small business...

asked Dec 21 '11 at 02:24
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Nick Budden
129 points