In the first "Dearly Departed," we showed you a list of\ncompanies we didn't think deserved to die but died anyway\u2014either through incompetent leadership, poor\nfinances or buyouts from competitors. We also asked you, our readers, to provide us with suggestions for\ncompanies you wish hadn't perished. In response, we received a laundry list of suggestions and came up with\nthese five companies to add to our library of the Dearly Departed. Just coming into the thread now? Well, as\nalways, we're always willing to add more. Feel free to comment below with a beloved company we might have missed.\n \tMORE ON CIO.com\n \n \tDearly Departed: Companies and Products That Didn't Deserve to Die\n \n \tTechnologies We're Glad Are Dead\n \n\n\t\n\t\n\tCompany: Be Inc. \n\t\n\tBorn: 1990\n\t\n\tDied: 2001 (sold to Palm)\nCause of Death: Financial trouble and lost out to NeXT to become Apple's new OS \nFounders: Former Apple guys Jean-Louis Gassee and Steve Sakoman \nMost well-known product(s): BeOS and BeBox \nWhy we miss them: An anonymous reader writes: "Be had arguably the best programming API for its OS and was way ahead of its time."\nLasting image\/quote: According to an article by MacWorld UK, Gassee wanted to name the company United Technoids Inc. Sakoman, unimpressed with the name, said he would look through a dictionary for a better one. When Gassee asked for an update a few days later, Sakoman said he got tired and stopped at "B". Gassee said: "Be is nice. End of story."\n\n\nCompany: 3dfx \nBorn: 1994\nDied: 2002\nCause of Death: Filed for Bankruptcy; sold major assets to competitor, NVIDIA\nFounders: Ross Smith, Gary Tarolli and Scott Sellers\nMost well-known product(s): Voodoo Graphics Cards \nWhy we miss them: A reader with the handle Bman wrote: "[Voodoo 2] helped create the world of gaming we have today."\nLasting image\/quote: In an interview with Beyond3D in late October 2000,\n3dfx Chief Technical Officer and cofounder Gary Tarolli was asked about the company's unhealthy stock price and what the company planned to do about it.\nOn paper, it appears he bristled at the question, replying, "Release exciting new products in a timely manner, that's the goal in\nengineering. Beyond that answer, you should talk to our CEO and\/or CFO." Sure enough, two months later, cofounder Scott Sellers\nannounced the company's demise in a letter to shareholders.\n\n\nCompany: NeXT \nBorn: 1985\nDied: 1996 (When Apple announced plans to buy it)\nCause of Death: Apple bought it to adopt NeXT into its new OS \nFounders: Steve Jobs (after resigning from Apple)\nMost well-known product(s): NeXTSTEP OS and NeXTCube \nWhy we miss them: dgeyer wrote: "Even though NeXT still lives on in legacy through OSX, the NeXT cubes and OS were so ahead of their time. Still my favorite computing experience."\nLasting image\/quote: The first Web browser, World Wide Web, was developed on a NeXTSTEP platform and NeXT computer by Tim Berners-Lee. \n\n\nCompany: Acorn Computers\nBorn: 1978\nDied: 1999\nCause of Death: Financial problems (and subsequently bought by Morgan Stanley)\nFounders: Hermann Hauser, Chris Curry and Andy Hopper\nMost well-known product(s): Acorn Electron, the BBC Micro and Acorn RISC PC\nWhy we miss them: Major innovator in microcomputers and RISC PCs \nLasting image\/quote: Some believe the name Acorn was chosen to come before "Apple" in a directory.\n\n\nCompany: Datapoint \nBorn: 1967 (started with name Computer Terminal Corp.)\nDied: 2000\nCause of Death: Bankruptcy \nFounders: Phil Ray and Gus Roche \nMost well-known product(s): Datapoint 2200, ARCnet \nWhy we miss them: Joseph H. Hoag wrote: "They effectively introduced the LAN to the world and made distributed computing a reality. They also manufactured and sold top quality desktop computer, terminal, storage and printer hardware."\nLasting image\/quote: In responding to how, despite inventing one of the first PCs, Datapoint was eventually killed by competitors replicating its invention in the 1980s, patent holder Jack Frassanito told one reporter, "Pioneers get arrows."