“You gave it your best shot. I admired your goal. You guys killed it.”
No, you didn’t.
Take the failure post-mortems. Sure, some of them are “brave.” The ones that candidly:
talk about where the company vision was wrong
detail how the product got beat by a competitor
convey where the founders made bad decisions
The ones that do the above do require some amount of self-reflection.
But those are the exceptions.
Most are vapid puff-piece post-mortems that talk about being too early to market or suggest investors weren’t committed or offer up trite discussion of why they’ve joined a “larger platform” whose vision aligns with theirs.
P.S. Curious —what do you think the most annoying tech jargon/buzzwords of the last 10 years have been? Hyperlocal, big data, freemium, blockchain, democratize, disrupt, or something else? What’s the most annoying one?