21
Sep
2016

E-cig unicorn NJOY goes terminally bankrupt

After raising $70 million from backers like Peter Thiel and Bruno Mars at a valuation in excess of $1 Billion, e-cigarette manufacturer NJOY has filed for bankruptcy. It has an accumulated deficit of $234.4 million, according to the filing. NJOY also ...

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31
Jul
2016

Walgreens to pull plug on Drugstore.com, Beauty.com

In a cost cutting initiative, Walgreens will shut down drugstore.com and beauty.com by the end of September, proving once again that when placing your faith in “category killing” domains, the only thing you may kill is your own business. Walgreens acquired their fleet of ecommerce sites in 2011 for $429 million. They will incur a charge of $115 million pre-tax as part of the shutdown. Drugstore.com launched in 1999 (of course!) and IPO-ed at $65/share...

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19
Jun
2016

DAO ether trading platform DOA after cyber-heist

This one is a heartbreaker, nobody likes to see malevolent actors succeeding in killing an entire company but that’s what’s happened with the ether crypto-currency trading platform DOA. Thieves have reportedly stolen $50 million in an “ongoing cyber-heist” from the platform, forcing it to shut down.

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16
Jun
2016

Peak Hosting drops basket with big golden egg, files for bankruptcy

Oregon data center Peak Hosting has retreated from a “massive growth trajectory” and has laid off three quarters of its workforce (peaked at 200 f/t employees, now down to 50) and filed for bankruptcy after losing it’s biggest customer: mobile gaming company Machine Zone. The lost client was worth a reported $4 million/month in lost revenues.  

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13
Jun
2016

Walgreens dumps Theranos

The major distribution channel for Theranos, Walgreens has ended the speculation that they may drop the disgraced biomed start-up by… dropping them. Not much left for this former unicorn. Forbes recently marked-to-market founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes net worth from $4.5 billion …to zero.

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