We are taking this opportunity to wish you all a fabulous New Year and a wonderful 2016. Since it is the end of the year, we would also like to take this time to look back and remember those we lost this past year. We know that it is by no means complete, but here is our list of 10 companies that are no longer with us:
Grooveshark, the free online music streaming service that allowed users to upload their own songs, $1.1M in funding lost
Zirtual, the virtual assistant service that raised $2M in funding, and suddenly vanished. Investors included Jason Calacanis, Tony Hsieh and Melo7 Tech Partners
Poachit, a shopping tool that helped consumers track price changes and find discounts via both web and mobile. $2.8M in funding raised.
Circa News, which received $5.7M in venture funding to change the way we get news.
Gigaom, the SF-based tech blog founded by Om Malik (who had left to found True Ventures). $22.33M raised from investors including True Ventures and Reed Elsevier Ventures
Secret, the anonymous messaging app said to be worth more than $100M at one point. They did raise $35+M in funding. Investors included Alexis Ohanian, Ashton Kutcher, and Google Ventures
Sidecar, an Uber/Lyft, without the userbase. The company raised $35M from investors including Union Square Ventures and Richard Branson
Homejoy, the on-demand home cleaning services company. $37.9M in funding from investors including YCombinator, First Round Capital, 500 Startups, Max Levchin, and Andreessen Horowitz
Tabula Inc., a Santa Clara-based semiconductor company that raised more than $200 million
The Internet: Well, Donald Trump suggested shutting down parts of it, anyway, and no, not the whole thing, as was widely misreported. The platform was still intact, as of this writing
Then there’s this: The Year In Tech Tweets: Bubble Talk, Sellout Journalists, Tweet Of The Year, And Much More…. It’s not part of the 2015 dot com deadpool, but some of these are killer. Enjoy!
Thank you all for being SOS subscribers and just wanted wish you all the very best as we go onward and forward into the New Year.