In memory of the dot-com era

A good Sunday read from CNET.com that features its Top 10 dot-com flops:

  1. Webvan
  2. Pets.com
  3. Kozmo.com
  4. Flooz.com
  5. eToys.com
  6. Boo.com
  7. MVP.com
  8. Go.com
  9. Kibu.com
  10. GovWorks.com

Not too sure how the list was compiled, since some of these companies did not go down the hole after spending “that much” money, but they were certainly icons of the bubble era: Kibu.com shutting down within a few weeks of launch, or GovWorks.com that became famous through the feature film Startup.com.

They might also have done a top 50 including the likes of Excite@Home (though one could argue that it was an ISP), wine.com – which raised about $100M – and sold its assets to eVineyard,  NetCentives ($130M VC/IPO – Chapter 11), EggHead.com ($120M VC/IPO – Chapter 11), Jobs.com ($100M VC – Chapter 11), etc.

Even though they were not dot-com themselves, I would also mention two firms that were closely involved with these companies, and had the same fate: lawfirm Brobeck Phleger and Harrison, and merchant bank Comdisco. Just to complete the remembrance.

Let’s just hope that the hyperdrive-charged IPO of Baidu.com, which saw a 354% jump on its first tranding day, does not mark the beginning of the second dot-com bubble.


  • http://profile.typekey.com/SteveWilhelm/ Steve Wilhelm

    One of my “favorite” examples of dot com insanity is Snowball.com.
    From their about page, http://web.archive.org/web/20001206123600/http://www.snowball.com/snowball.html:
    “…The Internet generation is irreverent, dynamic and hates to be talked down to. Members of Gen i grew up on the Net and know their peers have a lot to offer. That’s why Snowball.com offers entertainment and resources for Gen i by Gen i. It’s a place young people can come to hear what’s important to them, share their ideas and find out what’s new….”
    Snowball.com’s IPO was in March 2000. On it’s first day of trading, the stock closed at fifteen and change. By Christmas it was trading under fifty cents a share. I don’t think it had an up week the entire year.
    What ever happened to Snowball.com? A brief history can be found here, http://corp.ign.com/history.html.