The other day I tweeted, “which failed startup’s app do you miss the most?”
I got a number of interesting responses.
One that touched my heart was Andy Weissmann’s response:
@bijan Tower Records
— Andrew Weissman (@aweissman) April 12, 2012
But by far, the most popular response I got was from folks like Jason who missed Kozmo the most:
@bijan Kozmo.com. Because sometimes back then you needed a Sega Dreamcast at 3am. MaxDelivery.com has filled a partial void.
— Jason Hirschhorn (@JasonHirschhorn) April 12, 2012
I never had the opportunity to use Kozmo since they didn’t exist in places that I lived. But it feels like their customers were big big fans of the service.
For the most part, I miss mostly things that grow stale and stop innovating (e.g. Tivo, Flickr, etc) instead of failing altogether.
There are a number of startups that were killed off by their owners that I do miss (like ffflick and Danger). And Napster brings back a lot of memories. We were loyal Webvan users when our daughter was first born. That was a big help in those days.
Considering how many startups fail, it’s interesting to think about the ones that you miss….or don’t.