Microsoft Xbox Kinect - Failure Museum

Microsoft Xbox Kinect

Launched in 2010, Xbox Kinect's motion-control capabilities mostly appealed to casual gamer and wasn't able to endear itself to the hardcore gamer. This led to limited interest from third-party developers due do the limited number of Kinects sold a ...

Amazon Dash Button - Failure Museum

Amazon Dash Button

Launched in 2015, the Amazon Dash Button was a tiny piece of equipment that eased the process of repeatedly ordering certain products from Amazon. Dash buttons were available only to Prime users and cost $5 a piece. Their small and compact size ...

CNN+ Plus - Failure Museum

CNN+

In 2022, CNN pulled the plug on the network’s $100 million venture into online streaming only 3 weeks after launching CNN Plus. CNN Plus was the cable-news giant’s bet on digital streaming and its hedge against the rising popularity of the “cord ...

Crazy Crab - Failure Museum

Crazy Crab mascot of the SF Giants

With fans not having much reason to show up to Candlestick Park in 1984, the Giants and its copywriters introduced the Crazy Crab, a proto-Gritty crustacean designed to be hated. The season's tagline was "Hang in There" was they were the worst tea ...

Nikola - Failure Museum

Nikola

Nikola is among a group of EV and mobility startups that went public via mergers with special purpose acquisition companies before generating revenue, never mind being profitable. Many of these, notably Nikola, were swept up in the meme stock craze ...

Fab - Failure Museum

Fab

In 2015, Fab.com, a design-focused e-commerce site, sold to PCH for $15M after it had raised $469M and peaked at a $1.3B valuation. Fab featured and sold third-party items from small design shops all over the world using a flash-sales model. To co ...

Clubhouse - Failure Museum

Clubhouse

In 2021, as the platform became larger, they could not devise a way to establish stronger relationships with users or scale self-sustaining communities. Management also failed to understand the fundamental nature of a social media platform and lacke ...

Hyperloop One - Failure Museum

Hyperloop One

In 2023, Hyperloop One, the futuristic transportation company building tube-encased lines to zip passengers and freight from city to city at airplane-like speeds, shut down. After raising $450M the nascent industry stumbled, and Hyperloop One never ...

Something Navy - Failure Museum

Something Navy

Something Navy, a clothing retailed built around social media accounts by popular fashion influencer Arielle Charnas was acquired in a fire sale in 2023. The fashion brand missed the mark with customers--and left suppliers unpaid--while its social ...

Paper Exchange - Failure Museum

PaperExchange

PaperExchange, founded in 1998 with an unsuccessful IPO attempt in 2000, was a B2B marketplace for the pulp and paper industry. More than 1,000 such B2B marketplaces for products that ranged from commodities such as lumber to specialized compon ...