In some ways it's quite shocking how quickly sex follows a chance encounter, but the stories are actually sweetly told and I grew to love Mark as the book progressed.
Well I don't want to spoil the ending but I will certainly be downloading the next book in the series to find out how Mark fares. If you like chick lit and you're not likely to be shocked by the gay sex which isn't especially graphic Except for the egg, beware it's bizarre! Apr 23, Knittywittywoo rated it it was ok. I've read 3 other Nick Alexander books and enjoyed them so much i couldn't put them down but this was read so fast just so i could finish and move onto something different. I had read in reviews how graphic the story was so i was prepared for that but i didn't enjoy it and thats what has put me off reading the others in the series.
I didn't connect to Mark until almost at the end of the book and found him very annoying and needy. I would have l'll be honest here and i didn't really enjoy this book. I would have found it helpful to know more about his life and who he was rather than just the boyfriend search. It won't put me off reading more Nick Alexander books in future as i do like his style of writing, this time though the subject just wasn't for me. Jan 29, Tayanna Daliese rated it it was amazing Shelves: I usually hate stories where it jumps and there's not just a total linear timeline for me to follow.
However, I loved this.
I loved how it was sexy without being explicit but don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with a good explicitly sexy story every once in a while, this just wasn't the place , and how it dealt with feelings and so many things that just needed to be dealt with. Homosexual relationships aren't that different from hetero. There's the same worries, there's the rejections, t I usually hate stories where it jumps and there's not just a total linear timeline for me to follow. There's the same worries, there's the rejections, there's the online ads.
I thought it was charming, funny and I will definitely be reading it again and the next book by this author. I was drawn in. I've seen this described as chicklit for gay men; being neither a gay man nor a reader of chicklit I'm not best qualified to judge!
It's certainly no Tales of the City but it's well-written and shows some emotional depth as the story progresses. This is the first in the series and is a free download for the Kindle. I found it an easy read and the protagonist Mark is likeable enough that I will probably look for the others in the series. I found and read this book on my Kindle. A series of cameos of potential and actual relationships, a roller-coaster ride through the humour and emotions of the search for love.
Whilst one of the reviews warns against it being explicit, I certainly didn't find it to be so - much more intuitive in search of 'something missing' than graphic. Well written, feels quite autobiographical.
The story happens to be from the perspective of a gay man; it could equally be written about anyone in search of lov I found and read this book on my Kindle. The story happens to be from the perspective of a gay man; it could equally be written about anyone in search of love and life. I wasn't sure what to think at first. The writing style is different, but that's actually what kept me reading.
This book actually reminded me of my dating days. Some funny, some awkward. I love that this included things like simple exchanges on a bus. Seeing another person somewhere, and briefly hoping, wondering, if this person could mean something to you, and then they disappear, and you never see them again. I'm reading the sequel right now, and am enjoying it as much as the I wasn't sure what to think at first. I'm reading the sequel right now, and am enjoying it as much as the first! This book was okay.
It was very, very sad and hard watching Mark go out on these dates and be sure that they were going to end in disaster. However, it was an endevour worth taking. There isn't anything really spectacular about this book that just felt be thinking about it forever but it sure did keep me reading. It even got me to buy the whole series. I, personally, didn't care for the writing very much and the not-so-linear storyline; I loved Mark. Mark is a very strong character and his journ This book was okay. Mark is a very strong character and his journey was one that I will never take back.
Jan 07, Sally rated it it was ok. I was a bit surprised by this book if I am honest - not like the other books I had read by the same author. To be honest I was bored by it - it was just a series of stories about one night stands. I can see what the author was trying to do and I know that it has morphed into a series of books about the same chap - but I am not sure I will be inclined to read any more of them. I am quite happy to read about sex encounters and people's angst over their lives but this just did not flow well. It fel I was a bit surprised by this book if I am honest - not like the other books I had read by the same author.
It felt disjointed and self indulgent. I really enjoyed the journey with Mark as he looks for someone to love. Parts of the story are laugh-out-loud funny and parts are heartbreakingly sad as Mark meets men who range from slightly odd to just plain weird. Through his international quest for love, I wanted him to meet someone who he could spend his life with and be happy. I don't want to spoil the ending but I will definitely be reading the next book to see where Mark's life goes from here.
I wasn't wowed by this but it was interesting. There's a feeling of despondency as we watch the main character Mark search unsuccessfully for a loving relationship instead of a series of one-night stands. His negativity doesn't help. But it is just the first of a series and it looks like both Mark and the writing style will develop in the later books. Don't read this expecting a happy ending - at least, not in this instalment.
Jul 08, D. The first book in a series that I devoured with a passion An unconventional search for love through many gay bars and doomed relationships with an equal measure of laughs and tears along the way. This first book is more of a series of encounters as Mark searches for "the one" whereas the rest of the books settle down into a more conventional story telling as Mark's relationships begin to progress to more than just one night stands.
Sep 15, John Cross rated it did not like it. Could you fit more stereotypes into one book or make the plot more predictable? Only if you invented a stereotype stuffing machine and gave the reader a map. Gay storyline books have rarely grabbed my banana but this was atrocious. What's more disconcerting is that this is the first in a popular series. I think this book is not about endings, happy or otherwise. Rather, it is about the search, the journey of one's life. And the last few pages, to me, is not an ending per se. Yes, the book ends. But his life goes on - and his hope too. This, despite the experiences, I find positively inspiring.
There are moments of hilarity, poignancy, reflective and sad. This was a very difficult decision and we know that it will have an impact on our customers and our employees. As a company whose mission is to improve patient care and strengthen the relationships between patients and their family members and caregivers, we are deeply saddened that we were not able to continue in that effort. Thank You and Farewell. After some trial and error in the direct to consumer and employer spaces, we ultimately pursued a strategy of alignment with traditional healthcare insurance companies.
Healthcare moves very slowly and we made the mistake of misjudging the time it would take to achieve sustainable revenue through this approach. SU is moving to Mix. We have built Mix to work on every browser and smartphone, to make the transition as smooth as possible. A Very Sad Goodbye.
OSSIC posted a message on its Kickstarter page explaining why the company would not be able to deliver the product:. With funds from the crowdfunding campaign, along with angel investment, we were able to develop the product and ship the initial units. However, the product still requires significantly more capital to ramp to full mass production, and the company is out of money. In the last quarter of we reached profitability and have since been working to cover our costs. DaWanda is not insolvent. However, we have realised that the risk of no longer being able to keep up is simply too big.
Fieldbook is Shutting Down. Getting to this decision was gut-wrenching and took months. We still believe in the vision and love the mission. But in the end, we failed to build a sustainable business. When we first started this brand, no one could have predicted the success that we would achieve. After 17 months in Washington, I do not know when or if I will ever return to the business, but I do know that my focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington, so making this decision now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners.
Team Doughbies is moving on. Weddington Way has closed. We are incredibly disappointed, but also proud of the business that we have worked hard to build over the past seven years. Our mission has been to share joy, which has served both our customers and employees well. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your loyalty and love… and enjoy your upcoming weddings! A number of recently shuttered startups cited fierce incumbent competition as the reason for their closures. Philadelphia-based B2B food delivery startup Zoomer floundered in comparison to UberEats and GrubHub, while video platform Videma had difficulty luring consumers away from established platforms like YouTube and Facebook.
Regulators are starting to pay attention to the [cryptocurrency] space, and activities around blockchain assets tokens exchanges, ICO tools and services, etc. People close to me and the business began to warn that chasing consumers was the wrong strategy. After all, how often do consumers ship things?
In June, it pivoted to a subscription model. At first, the principal investment group postponed their investment and a couple of weeks later the round fell apart. I wasn't wowed by this but it was interesting. This was a very difficult decision and we know that it will have an impact on our customers and our employees. Funny, perceptive and heartfelt, Better Than Easy is both a tense tale of betrayal, and an incisive dissection of the mix of courage and naivety required if we are to choose love and happiness - if we are to continue to believe against all odds that we will live happily ever after. This was a hard decision given that, over the past three years, Manilla has won many awards and has been well supported by its valued user base but was unable to achieve the scale necessary to make the economics of the business viable. We had extended our cash to get to the closing date, and now were left without alternatives.
At the time, I approached everything I did as an engineer. This was a mistake — my mistake. While large, established companies have the financial freedom to explore new product categories for the sake of exploring, for startups it can be irresponsible. An experienced startup founder learns some new lessons. Perhaps we were solving for a pain e. Yes, probably all of that. Dick Costolo explains why he shut down his fitness startup after 8 months: People started using it and then would bail after four weeks or eight weeks.
Chorus tried all sorts of things to overcome AVE: But people wallowing in the depths of AVE would turn off the notifications. In other words, thanks to AVE, Chorus was contributing to the very thing it was trying to solve, and making people hide from their workout buddies. High-tech cooking startup Sansaire shutting down, ceasing production of new sous vide device. We regret to share that Sansaire will be ceasing development of the Delta [cooking device] and the company will ultimately be closing its doors. In short, our relationship with the new production facility broke down and has exhausted available funding and manufacturing routes.
Pet care startup Baroo shuts down as competitors raise hundreds of millions. Zoomer is shutting down. Zoomer B2B food delivery service. Smart lock startup Otto CEO Sam Jadallah wrote a Medium post about the closure of his company, after an acquisition deal failed to go through. On December 11th, [the buyer] called me and stated they would not complete the acquisition nor revisit the investment proposal.
The reason is still not understood. We had extended our cash to get to the closing date, and now were left without alternatives. This year, , was a particularly harsh year for hardware startups. Additionally each day carried the potential of a new existential threat, from product to supplier to market to financing to people to regulatory to competitive.
Convincing people to use and keep using a new platform is hard, leaving many creators locked in. Without a massive captive audience already on the platform, new channels struggled to find immediate growth. Lacking a critical audience size, we struggled to attract direct advertisers to help offset our infrastructure costs, leaving few resources to spend on product innovation and attracting new audience.
The market has shifted remarkably for hardware. In order to fulfill our mission, we announced last month that we would shift our resources to focus on lowering the price of the Press and Produce Packs.
We began identifying ways that we could source, manufacture and distribute at a lower cost to consumers. During this process, it became clear that creating an effective manufacturing and distribution system for a nationwide customer base requires infrastructure that we cannot achieve on our own as a standalone business. We are confident that to truly have the long-term impact we want to make, we need to focus on finding an acquirer with an existing national fresh food supply chain who can carry forward the Juicero mission.
The clock kept ticking. We set up 18 VC meetings and hit the road, hard. The feedback was eye-opening and generally the same: But how does this become a platform? Dear Teforia Customers and Partners. The glass within the infusion globe and carafe are hand blown by a glass artisan, one at a time. We went to these extraordinary lengths because we believe premium loose leaf tea should be delivered in the most delicate and sustainable way possible…. Jawbone co-founder and CEO Hosain Rahman has founded a new company called Jawbone Health Hub that will make health-related hardware and software services, according to the person.
Many employees of Jawbone moved to the new firm earlier this year, the person said. A notice sent to creditors said Jawbone entered into insolvency proceedings under California law on June Jawbone hired Sherwood Partners to handle the matter. The notice says creditors have days to file a claim. The past few weeks we have been working hard to find the right home for Sense and we are still focused on that. When we first launched Sense, sleep was one of the most neglected part of our lives. Three years later, for many, it is now rightly recognised as perhaps the most important pillar of our health and wellness, alongside exercise and diet.
I am incredibly happy that we were able to play a small part in changing the conversation around sleep. The past few months have been incredibly tough, especially on the team of Hello. Auto startup Pearl shuts down. After almost a two-year break, I have spent two days at the company. Majority shareholders abandoned it. The company does not have assets to save and competencies to preserve. They have spent in rubles twice! When the money runs out. Package delivery startup Doorman is shutting down. The startup sent a letter over the weekend letting customers know it would no longer be in business in two weeks….
Doorman says it will no longer accept incoming shipments after September 29th and that those who use their Doorman address for online shipments should update their information. Raptr is shutting down this month. Many companies offer game optimization tools. Having an independent platform to do this is no longer necessary.
Most surprising was the sudden shutdown of Sprig, a startup in the beleaguered food-delivery space that first received funding in Meanwhile, two former industry leaders also closed their doors: Adtech platform AudienceScience shut down after losing a major client, and social bookmarking pioneer del. May its bookmarks rest in peace.
Read on for the reasons 22 startups shut off the lights since early February. Riding on the hype of transportation startups and marketplaces, Beepi may have raised too much, too soon. One investor in the startup said that the founders were too aggressive in pushing for higher valuations. Auctionata has been in decline since news of serious trade violations perpetrated by co-founder and former CEO Alexander Zacke came to light in March , when Zacke and Auctionata board members were accused of illegally bidding on their own auctions.
Months later, reports of business difficulties at Auctionata emerged after independent evaluations of auction results suggested that the house was making only very few direct sales. Naspers e-commerce firm Markafoni to shut down. Markafoni was an online shopping destination for Turkish consumers, specialising in clothing and fashion accessories. Imzy, the nicer Reddit, is shutting down. Imzy was created by former Reddit employees Dan McComas and Jessica Moreno as a safer, friendlier version of the popular community site.
Unfortunately, we were not able to find our place in the market. We still feel that the internet deserves better and hope that we see more teams take on this challenge in the future. In the process, HomeHero also lost a majority of its competitive differentiators in price, speed and scalability that allowed us to be so disruptive in and , and it had nothing to do with competition. The platform cited regulatory challenges around bitcoin and said the difficulties introducing bitcoin technology to poor communities around the world were beyond its capacity.
Stayzilla CEO and co-founder Yogendra Vasupal was particularly reflective in his post, explaining how, as a founder, his own objectives were altered as the company ramped up. Those were the only metrics we tracked. In the last 3—4 years, though, I can honestly state that somewhere I lost my path. Less than a month after the closure announcement, Vasupal was arrested for fraud in a bizarre case involving Stayzilla business dealings. Social bookmarking pioneer Delicious heads to the dead pool. The once-loved — and much sold — social bookmarking site del.
The close date timeline extended from weeks to months, as they sought to gain the appropriate internal approvals that we and they thought were already in place. Throughout, we remained convinced of the close strategic fit and both sides had every expectation that the transaction would close. With this in mind, we have made the difficult decision to begin winding down. Quixey closure reportedly due to Alibaba debt deal. Long-time Free-Space Optics FSO player AOptix has shut up shop and is selling off its assets at auction next week… the company is currently trying to shop around its intellectual property.
Carriers in the US and beyond are looking at wireless backhaul as alternative to fiber, but the expectation is that it should be cheaper and easier to install as well. After Amazon announced in March that it was planning to shut down Diapers. Amazon said that it decided to close down Quidsi because it failed to turn a profit after the acquisition. Instead, it has now sold off its technology to Samsung, and has left the coupon industry trying to make something out of the new mobile couponing standard it helped to create. Australian music streaming company Guvera has reportedly stopped operating, with its co-founder and biggest financial backer walking away from the project.
Despite our best efforts to fund the company and continue to fuel our growth, the Company has been unable to raise the growth capital needed to continue operating as a going concern. We are saddened to announce that we will be wrapping up operations at Table8 on February 28, as we were not able to secure enough capital to continue to grow the business. We have enjoyed helping you find great restaurants, access tough-to-book reservations and discover local chef events.
Discount Brokerage Loyal3 Shutting Down. Loyal3, a commission-free brokerage that initially emphasized IPO shares before transforming into a discount broker, announced Wednesday it will close its doors May The strategy relied on batch trading, wherein Loyal3 grouped company trades and executed only once a day. After making enormous leaps in development, product innovation and progress towards our goal, Plastc has exhausted all of its options to raise the money it needs to continue. There are functioning Plastc Cards, which were demonstrated to our investors and our backers, and the capital was to be allocated for the mass production and shipping of Plastc Cards to pre-order customers.
At first, the principal investment group postponed their investment and a couple of weeks later the round fell apart. The tail end of and start of were a rough period for startups, in which many were culled from the herd. There are a million reasons startups fail, here are 26 more stories to add to the list. ChaCha, unable to find financial answers, shuts down operations. Advertising revenue declined sharply , leaving the company unable to service its debt, and no suitors took a bite. Dealstruck closed its doors after more than three years in business. It closed because a deal fell through.
Doug Stephens, founder of consultancy Retail Prophet, said the company suffered from having too few managers from the fashion industry and too many from the technology sector. Despite all the appearances of growth, market awareness was still quite low. The Adventure Comes to an End. In the past year, the Lily family has had many ups and downs. We have been delighted by the steady advancements in the quality of our product and have received great feedback from our Beta program.
At the same time, we have been racing against a clock of ever-diminishing funds. Over the past few months, we have tried to secure financing in order to unlock our manufacturing line and ship our first units — but have been unable to do this. As a result, we are deeply saddened to say that we are planning to wind down the company and offer refunds to customers ….
We are seeking a stay of this injunction, but if our efforts fail, we will need to take down the movies of all major studios. Ultimately, we failed to overcome the chicken-and-egg issue between application developers and user adoption of those applications. We envisioned a pool of differentiated, fast-growing third-party applications would sustain the numbers needed to make the business work.
Home services startup Taskbob shuts shop. And to achieve those in a low margin business and in a tough external market proved unexpectedly daunting. More than what anyone could have expected. Among other complications, the monthly costs to maintain the servers, services, and customer support to keep the site running are not insignificant. Furthermore, the potential legal liabilities that may arise make a volunteer effort unappealing. Building materials marketplace Buildzar shuts down. Buildzar started off as a pure-play B2C ecommerce business. In June, it pivoted to a subscription model.
Earlier, we used to generate leads and convert them into transactions ourselves. But, after the pivot, we were just doing lead generation and selling those leads in the market … When transactions failed to pick up, we decided to wind up operations, which in my opinion was the right decision. A lot more wearable woe as Vinaya restructures and seeks pivot to b2b. Whilst we ended up going by way of the system of founding and creating a buyer electronics corporation, it grew to become apparent that the projected amount of expansion for the B2C company by yourself was unlikely to be ready to maintain the expenses linked with the velocity of technological innovation necessary … to continue being aggressive in this space.
Shaikh cited three reasons for the decision. In short, due to a lack of funding, we are now beginning the process of winding down BriefMe and will be turning off the servers next week … Our users are extremely passionate, but after pursuing every possible path, we no longer have a sustainable avenue forward for the company. Without sufficient capital to provide BriefMe the energy and attention it deserves we have decided to move forward in the best possible manner for our team, supporters and users.
Open source wearable Angel shuts down. However, over the last year or so, the regulatory pressures has been increasing to the point that it is no longer feasible to maintain the operation of the platform. We are regretfully announcing that we will have to begin terminating the services effective immediately.
Rendeevoo is no more. Bills were piling up on the business but also on our personal lives. In the meantime, we started discussing a potential exit with interested parties. Again, nothing fruitful happened on that front. Y Combinator-backed Omniref is shutting down on January 31, Bitphone closing due to regulatory requirements. And believe me, they tried! All customer funds are secure and accounted for!
And we are happy to say that! Our underlying carrier service now requires we collect your identification when placing calls. All Romance eBooks is Shutting Down. For the first year since opening in , we will be posting a loss. Despite efforts to maintain and grow our market share, sales and profits have declined. There is a distinctly unsexy side to running a start-up that made every effort to push-through almost impossible.
In it was announced that NBC was going to develop a quiz show based on the game, which was supposed to premiere in spring One could say that we placed too many eggs in the NBC basket. We have spent a lot of time and energy on developing the show. Unfortunately sales fell short of what we needed to continue development. Alberta Health Services shuts down innovative meal-sharing system. Alberta Health Services issued a cease-and-desist order to Scarf, shutting down the meal sharing service last month.
This includes working with food operators to ensure they are meeting the provincial standards required to serve safe and healthy food to Albertans. Scarf cooks did not have those permits. Scarf operator Kian Parseyan [said]: We regret to inform you that Shelfie will be ceasing operations on January 31, … We started Shelfie with the idea of connecting books and readers and we have worked hard over the past four years to make that a reality.
We are grateful for the support we have received from amazing readers like you, who have been a part of Shelfie. We could not see the next round of funding coming. We had to change the consumer mindset and without that pre-Series A funding of couple of million dollars it was not possible. It was also a business decision that this business might not work.
Taking Our Goggles Off. The past few years have been a wild ride. One notable entrant actually gave money back to their VCs so that it could possibly help fund other new companies. The Happy Home Company shuts down, team members move to Google. The Happy Home Company. How SunEdison went from Wall Street star to bankruptcy. We are proud of what we accomplished along the way: As of Aug 29, Washio will be shutting down its operations. No more orders will be accepted and outstanding orders will be returned promptly to customers. Walgreens to Shut Down Drugstore.
MaxPlay lays off almost all workers as game engine startup switches to licensing. It was a very expensive proposition, with high potential rewards … There was a high demand and high interest in what we were doing. That is what was so disappointing. I think you will see several companies license our technology … This has nothing to do with the competition. It has to do with the funding issue. I think there is huge demand for new approaches with game engine technology.
Millions still in the bank, GoZoomo shuts shop, returns VC money. We tried to build a fast-scaleable business, but realized that the business model does not work. So it is better that this capital gets deployed elsewhere instead of us hoarding it and hoping that something good happens.
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Photo-storage service Picturelife shuts down 18 months after being acquired. Nobody is interested in cloud storage anymore. Google Photos and Amazon—they took a huge chunk of [the cloud photo storage market]. We built a product that was too generic for a very niche-based industry. We had a much prettier product than the competition, but we were always lacking features in every niche.
We were trying to do too many things at the same time. Both product-wise and marketing-wise. A transaction-based business model makes it hard to predict revenue, which made our growth curve look like a rollercoaster. The bottom line is that we simply do not have the financial ability to continue supporting the company … The reality is that a lot of events factored into our inability to raise: What we found was that the sales cycle for the market we specifically wanted to go after is just way too long for a small company to absorb.
Originally, we estimated that the sales cycle would be somewhere between three and six months. Many of them have worked unpaid for the last six weeks in an effort to get the business to a better place. Unfortunately, by the time the new management team took control last week, it was clear that the financial situation was pretty dire, and Karhoo was not able to find a backer.
We rounded up 14 more startups whose lessons ranged from fraud and investor dropouts, to logistics issues and product problems. A recurring element in this cohort was running out of runway and being unable to raise more financing. On-demand chef service Kitchensurfing shuts down. The startup had originally allowed customers to book chefs days in advance for at-home dinner parties, but last year moved to an on-demand model.
Neither version of the service, though, produced enough demand to be sustainable for a venture-backed business. The right words to say goodbye. The reasons are that 1 our revenues do not cover our costs, and 2 we are not able to close a third fundraiser …. In March , after having been rejected by VC funds, we signed a term sheet with a French, state-owned, logistics group, for a 30M euro investment. Unfortunately, after 3 months of intensive due diligence, their board rejected the deal and they ended up withdrawing their offer.
This needed to be researched more and understood better. We found that while tiers 2 and 3 of Indian cities are being served to some extent by new-world logistics providers doing cool things like one-day shipping, there was a whole slew of tier 3. Celeb-backed BlackJet Is Grounded. There are some aggressive interesting models out there today, someone will make this work. For us, producing unique events presented big challenges.
It was also really challenging to get solid, consistent margins.
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