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Barry Ritholtz

Postmortems for Startup Failures

A new website autopsies the flops.
Near the beginning...or the end.

Near the beginning...or the end.

Photographer: Kevin Van Paassen

There has been relentless coverage of the boom in technology startups. Think about the blasé way the word bubble gets tossed about. Big Wall Street banks and Silicon Valley venture capital firms are wooing geek talent, and investors seem willing once again to ignore the widespread use of unconventional financial accounting that makes a startup's finances look much better than they really are. Please don’t get me started on the term unicorn -- the year isn't even half over yet, and this is already the most overhyped phrase of 2015.

What about the companies that don’t make it, the 95 percent that fail?