Nortel - Failure Museum


At its height, Nortel accounted for more than a third of the total valuation of all companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), employing 94,500 people worldwide. Nortel was declared bankrupt in 2009 after almost a decade of financial mis ...

Cat -


Prior to being shut down in 2002, millions of the cat-shaped bar-code scanners were shipped for free, in hopes that people would use them to scan specially marked bar codes to visit Internet sites. This was no easier than typing a link.


Monopoly .com Edition

In 2000, this version featured Excite@Home, iVillage, CNet,, Ask Jeeves, Alta Vista, Lycos, & MCI WorldCom.

Netscape - Failure Museum


Microsoft was on Internet Explorer 4.0, and countless users had made it their preferred browser of choice due to better functionality leading to Netscape's demise in 2003.



Excite@Home's ill-conceived acquisitions, frequent strategy shifts, and executives who governed the operations from afar led to it's demise in 2001.



AOL peaked at a $200B market cap; they didn’t want to cannibalize their dial-up business leading to their demise in 2009.

Ask Jeeves

Ask Jeeves

In 2005, IAC acquired the company for $1.85B; pivoted to be a real-person Q&A site just before Google crushed them


My Space

In 2008, My Space failed due to rising competition, a buggy website, and an annoying user experience.

Blockbuster - Failure Museum


In 1994, Viacom bought Blockbuster for $8.4 billion. In 2000, the year after its IPO, Blockbuster turned down an opportunity to buy Netflix for $50 million as it failed to recognize the opportunity to move online quick enough. In 2004, Blockbuster h ...