Man, oh man: Failure sure ain't easy.
OK, the actual act of screwing up may not take much skill, but dealing with the aftermath of a fumble requires elegance, grace, and more than a little humility. The esteemed philosopher Ellen DeGeneres put it best: "It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success."
Few groups know that as well as the ranks of startup founders. Startups topple over faster and more easily than caffeinated toddlers. And while the logos and websites may fade away quickly, the bruised egos take months of meditation to mend.
Lucky for us, that introspection frequently happens out loud and in public forums. The venture capital database company CB Insights has been compiling postmortems from failed startup founders for the past two years, and in addition to providing several important lessons we can all learn from the experiences, the missives present us with some sentiments so dramatically dejected, you can't help but crack a smile. (Hey, who among us can't look back at a low moment and laugh?)
Cue the sad trombone: These are the most amusingly bleak statements from failed-startup autopsies.