This glossary of business failures is put together to help our audience understand the terminologies and definitions commonly used by entrepreneurs and investors in the tech startup and business scenes.

This compilation of terminologies used in business, finance and tech industries were defined by experts found on the internet.



Failed Fundraising

Failed Pivot

Failure to Deliver

Financial Difficulties


Funds Mismanagement

High "Cash" Burn Rate

High Employee Turnover

High Operational Cost

Lack of Experience

Lack of Focus

Lack of Funds

Lack of Passion

Lack of Strategy

Lack of Vision

Lies and Manipulation

No Market Validation

No Product-Market Fit

No Scalability

Poor Business Model

Poor Leadership

Poor Loss Leader "Pricing" Strategy

Poor Management

Poor Marketing

Poor Pivot

Poor Product

Poor Product-Market Fit

Poor Risk Management

Poor Sales Performance

Premature Scaling

Retention Issues

Strategy Issues

Strong Competition

Talent Shortage


  1. Paul Lee, Co-founder & CEO, Flipidea
  2. Elina Kamaluddin, Business Research Analyst, Flipidea
  3. Sharifah Nadzirah, Business Research Analyst, Flipidea

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Last edited on 21 October 2020 - version 19