Tech brands that spectacularly went bust or disappeared from existence

Blockbuster turned down a sale offer from Netflix for $50 million in the year 2000. What a mistake that was. (image credit: Ildar Sagdejev [CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
SyQuest was an early manufacturer of hard disk drives for personal computers that was made redundant by writeable CDs and the rise of FTP file transfers. (image credit: Elke Wetzig [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
Iomega made zip drives and suffered with the popularity of CDs. It released MP3 players and external hard drives to compete but none was successful enough.  (image credit: Wikimedia Commons; Morn, [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons)
Napster was originally founded as a pioneering peer-to-peer file-sharing service that allowed users to share digital files, usually songs, over the internet. (image credit: Wikicommos; Njahnke [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
Compaq struggled to compete with computing giants HP and Dell. It was then acquired by HP in 2002 for $25 billion. (image credit: Wikimedia Commons; Freakedenough [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons) was a British company that launched in 1999 and sold branded fashion products over the internet. It failed badly during the dot-com bust at the time. (image credit:
3dfx Interactive was a big name in the gaming world in the 1990s. It suffered in later years and eventually was acquired by Nvidia. (image credit: Wikimedia Commons; Konstantin Lanzet [GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons)
DeLorean had a rough time of it, despite the Back to the Future fame and it went bankrupt in 1982. Less than 10 years after it started business. (image credit: Lee Haywood [CC BY-SA 2.0] ; Bull-Doser, via Wikimedia Commons;)
Wang Laboratories failed to adapt and change with the times. Failing to realise the threat from personal computers with word processing software. (image credit: Wang Laboratories; Dennis van Zuijlekom/Flickr) was internet business that sold pet supplies online during the dot-com boom. Poor financial management would eventually spell the company's demise.  (image credit: Don DeBold/Flickr; Wayback Machine)
WebVan might have been well ahead of its time with a service that is now successfully performed by Amazon and others. (image credit: Wayback Machine/Mark Coggins [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons/Wikimedia)
This site promised free one-hour delivery of products like videos games, DVDs, music and more. Way ahead of its time and failed when the dot-com bubble burst.  (image credit:
The Friends Reunited site was originally created as a social networking website aimed at reuniting old friends. Sadly killed off by the popularity of Facebook. (image credit: Wayback machine)
GeoCities was a web hosting service originally founded in 1994. Years later it struggled to turn a profit and was closed by owner Yahoo! in 2009. (image credit: Wayback Machine)
An Internet radio company that quickly gained online popularity but later would be shut down in 2002. (image credit:; Wayback Machine)
Polaroid was an American company originally founded in 1937 and best known for its instant film and cameras. Changing camera technology dealt blows to Polaroid. (image credit: OppidumNissenae [CC BY-SA 4.0]; Jacek Halicki [CC BY-SA 4.0]; via Wikimedia Commons)
Financial troubles in the 1980s would lead the company to sell its entire computer product range and its name to Amstrad for £5 million in 1986.  (image credit: Bill Bertram [CC BY-SA 2.5]; Adam [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)
Kodak is likely one of the most well-known and oldest companies on this list of businesses to fail. Another one to fail to keep up with the times. (image credit: Dnalor 01 [CC BY-SA 3.0]; Wikimedia Commons)
Netscape was one of the first and perhaps most popular browsers of the early days of the world wide web. It had 90% market share at one point. (image credit: Indolering [CC0]; Wikimedia Commons)
AltaVista was a search engine established in 1995 that would later become one of the most popular search engines of the time. (image credit: Wayback Machine)
Palm made personal digital assistants (PDAs) that would ultimately be rendered obsolete by newer tech. (image credit: Rama & Musée Bolo [CC BY-SA 2.0]; Stefano Palazzo [CC-BY-SA-3.0] via Wikimedia Commons)
Pebble first made waves online in 2012 by becoming the most funded Kickstarter campaign of the time but went on to struggle in later years. (image credit: Pebble)
Vertu was a British manufacturer of luxury handmade mobile phones. The devices were often seen as technologically lacking and not much more than bling. (image credit: Vertu)
Working in a very niche market that would later be dominated by Fitbit, Garmin and Apple, Jawbone started to suffer and eventually went into liquidation. (image credit: Pocket-lint)