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Mar
2017

Amazon trashes diapers.com, soap.com et al

Amazon announced today that it will shutdown the entire Quidsi division, which it purchased for $545 million in 2010, citing lack of profitability. The Quidsi division included various retailers, replete with “category killing domain names” like diapers.com and soap.com.  

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7
Mar
2017

Answers.com files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Answer Corp, parent company to Answers.com has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a maneuver to jettison close to half-a-billion in debt. Top creditors are: Yahoo, Inc. with an unsecured claim of $545,209.34. Taboola, Inc. with an unsecured claim of $411,754.97. Facebook with an unsecured claim of $295,000. Don Morrison, former vice president of Foresee, with a severance claim of $217,000. Amazon Web Services, Inc. with an unsecured claim of $200,000. This on the heels...

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2
Mar
2017

#tangodown Lily Robotics

After collecting pre-orders from approximately 60,000 customers, autonomous camera drone maker Lily Robotics has declared bankruptcy and is shutting down. The company is looking for a buyer for it’s intellectual property and claims it will refund all pre-orders. Lily Robotics raised $15M in funding and took in over $38M in pre-order cash.

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2
Mar
2017

Ola raises $300 million in a down-round

India’s Uber-wanna-be for cabs, Ola capitulated and took $300 million from existing hostage investor, Softbank at a $3.5B valuations, after 6 months of unsuccessfully scouring for $500M at a $5B valuation. They’ve raised $1.2B to date.

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15
Oct
2016

‘Sup’ is down.

The ‘Sup’ app, whose “boil the ocean” mission was to help people figure out which of their friends are nearby, and possibly available to hang with, will be shutting down. Despite being touted as “a really cool app” by the likes of Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak, it’s come up short: “We saw growth but we didn’t see the hockey stick growth that we needed to see to actually make it a viable billion dollar business and...

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