Top reasons why startups fail

On this blog, we frequently review startup stories and reason for their success and failures. A list of recent startup failures from our blog 

A recent infographic from CBSInsights highlights some of the key reasons why startups fail. They highlight “After reading through every single of the 101 postmortems, we’ve learned there is rarely one reason for a single startup’s failure. However, we did begin to see a pattern to these stories.”



From lack of product-market fit to disharmony on the team, we break down the top 20 reasons for startup failure by analyzing 101 startup failure post-mortems.

After we compiled our list of startup failure post-mortems, one of the most frequent requests we got was to use these posts to figure out the main reasons startups failed.

Startups, corporations, investors, economic development folks, academics, and journalists all wanted some insight into the question: “What are the reasons startups fail?”
So we gave those post-mortems the CB Insights’ data treatment to see if we could answer this question.

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