In the business world, there is always the chance that your startup will succeed or fail.
2022 has been a tough year for startups. Many popular startups that had been successful in recent years suddenly found themselves struggling to survive. Some have failed completely.
The reasons for these failures vary from company to company. In some cases, it was simply due to mismanagement or bad decisions. We also had bad luck and bad market conditions. But whatever the cause, the result was the same. Dozens of once-promising startups have closed their doors for good. Here are his five notable missteps for 2022 and beyond.
The collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX is one of the most high-profile failures in the cryptocurrency industry. Launched by Sam Bankman-Fried in his early 2019, the startup is one of his most ambitious projects in the space. It offered a variety of trading products, including derivatives, options, volatility products and leveraged tokens, but quickly faced accusations of fraud and mismanagement.
On Nov. 2, 2022, the exchange rose to prominence when cryptocurrency news outlet CoinDesk published a controversial article revealing key information about the balance sheet of Bankman-Fried trading firm Alameda Research. appeared. According to the article, Alameda’s assets totaled US$14.6 billion, including his US$3.66 billion worth of unlocked FTTs (FTX exchange tokens) and US$2.16 billion worth of his FTT collateral. included. About a third of Alameda’s portfolio is made up of his FTT, which has surprised people in the crypto industry. Several questions about Bankman-Fried’s company’s undisclosed leverage and financial status have caused an uproar in the cryptocurrency industry.
On November 6th, Sam Bankman-Fried and Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison disproved the rumors. However, on the same day, Changpeng Zhao (commonly known as CZ), CEO of rival exchange Binance, which had invested in FTX, Declared On social media, his intention to sell Binance’s FTT holding led to a sharp drop in FTT’s price. Following this, customers panicked and started withdrawing funds from FTX, leading to a liquidity crisis on the cryptocurrency exchange.
On November 11, FTX, along with approximately 130 other affiliates, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of the proceedings. On the same day, the company announced the resignation of his CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, and his former Enron attorney, John J. Ray III, to replace him.
Bankman-Fried has admitted to being too “overconfident” and “careless” when the cryptocurrency exchange expanded into a $32 billion behemoth. The fall of FTX is a instructive story for other startups in the space. It highlights the risks inherent in this new industry and the importance of good management and governance.
Reali, a California-based real estate tech startup, has announced that it will close in August 2022 and lay off most of its employees. The move stems from difficult economic and real estate conditions and an unfavorable funding environment.
The real estate industry has been hit hard by the recent slowdown in the housing sector after home buying surged due to inflation and higher mortgage rates. Lack of demand is having a direct impact on startups in this space as they are unable to sustain their business.
Founded in 2015, Reali was known for offering “Buy Before Sale” and “Cash Offer” programs to homeowners. The startup has raised US$290 million in debt and equity funding since its inception.
Company co-founder and chairman of the board Amit Haller said in a news release announcing the closure: His six years spent developing the California prop technology market helped Reali improve and transform the industry. It did not say whether the laid-off employees would receive severance pay.
Reali’s closure is a reminder that even the most promising startups can fail. Despite raising US$100 million in 2021, the startup failed to turn a profit and was forced to close.
The closure of ShopX, which was once worth over $100 million, has been making headlines recently. A Bangalore-based e-commerce startup ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy and bankruptcy in August 2022. The regulatory filing also details that ShopX has taken out a loan from Singapore-based investor Fung Investment and is unable to meet its payment obligations (interest on the loan). We are currently short of funds.
Founded by Amit Sharma and Apoorva Jois in 2015, ShopX started as an online business-to-business commerce company. It then became an e-commerce enablement business model provider in 2021.
Fast, a US-based startup that offers online checkout products, has announced that it will officially shut down in April 2022. The startup reported small growth and heavy cash outflows in 2021, leaving fewer funding options and an uncertain future. The startup announced its impending shutdown via a tweet.
Founded by Domm Holland, Allison Barr Allen, and Joshua Abulafia, Fast entered the increasingly crowded one-click checkout startup scene in 2019 (i.e., one-click checkout functionality is already available on Amazon and Shopify). was available). The most convenient checkout process on the market. Fast users can make payments with participating retailers by creating a payment profile with one touch. Over the years, Fast has become a popular checkout option for many online retailers. However, the startup struggled to survive and was eventually shut down.
It’s always disheartening to see promising startups fail, but it’s important to remember that not all companies can succeed. The startups on this list have all come to an end for different reasons, but each one serves as a reminder that even the best-intentioned businesses can fail at times.
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