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We can learn a lot from successful entrepreneurs, but arguably we can learn even more from those that fail. Collapsed can be a great resource for anyone working at a startup to study things that lead previous companies to struggle and perhaps change their own journey.
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@mubashariqbal I'm a huge fan of "startup graveyard" projects for the same reason. It's so important to celebrate failure, understanding and growth as a tool for improving our future.
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@katesegrin I remember when F*ckedCompany (by @pud) first launched, loved to read the amazing tales of crazy things startups used to do, that lead a lot to fail!
@mubashariqbal one of my favorites is when they have insane burn rates-- you can see it coming a mile away, but you know they're having a blast on the way out πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ
@katesegrin @mubashariqbal Thanks for the hunt, after the core product is implemented, I'm thinking of creating a Q&A service where users can ask for advice regarding their current startup. Similar to #adviceforstartup on SSG. I really love the way Quora have their startup advice section and would like to create something like that on Collapsed. What are your thoughts?
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@aaronkazah @katesegrin @mubashariqbal Sounds great! def need more people to draw attention to the strong survivorship bias
Hey there, I'm the creator of Collapsed. This is the first side project that I've created and I'm really happy with what I've come up with so far. I created Collapsed because there seemed to be a lot of buzz around a few startup succeeding whilst the majority of failed startups get ignored. I redesigned and developed this under a month after our Betalist launch and at some point found out that I couldn't implement all of the features that I wanted to include, so I ignored everything else and focused on improving the core component, tracking failed startups. In the future, I'll be implementing a feature that allows users to give a full on analysis on why that specific startup failed (currently users can only provide a brief autopsy), but also it would allow startup founders to fully delve into how everything transpired. Furthermore, users will have the ability to ask questions on startup advice, I see very much love how Quora did it, so having a community of founders looking to improve their startups and ultimately solve their problems is the vision I'll try to achieve. If you have any questions or would like to report any issues, just comment below and I'll get right on it.
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@aaronkazah Great Job Aaron! Really loving the website =)
@a4ayush Thanks Ayush! I tried to keep everything light and minimal. The initial version just left you a bit depressed reading stories about failed startups.
@aaronkazah Love the UI! This is a great idea. Thank you! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
@aaronkazah really cool idea, glad to see it live! Great idea to focus on "tracking failed startups" since that is the core of this idea. Can't wait to see what you do next with it :)
@hnshah Thanks hiten, I appreciate the feedback
Finally, someone is talking about failures. Great initiative.
@weirdowizard Thanks, I also saw your tweet about the summary/takeaways and think it's a brilliant idea. Perhaps we release quarterly summary with some overall stats on these failed startups.
@aaronkazah Sounds great! I shall subscribe to your newsletter. You could literally turn this to a user-generated directory like Crunchbase may be, by gamifying or some kind of incentive. Just an idea though.
Always been a fan of learning from others mistakes
Cool! Is there a way to add related articles? I've written several posts on Medium about our collapse. Happy to share
@fishmanalex Hey Alex, thanks for the comment dude. There isn't currently anyway to add related articles. I sacrificed features so I could launch my first product. Now that that's done, I'll now be free to make incremental improvements to the product. In terms of related articles, are your referring to links to your medium posts or... are you referring to a way to host in on Collapsed?
@aaronkazah Congrats on the launch Aaron. Totally get it! Good luck! re: your question - yes, links. context, story, post mortem - these are super useful for the community.