Why does Netvibes fail?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

I am tired of startups that start off well and then run out of energy and just sort of give up. I am exhausted by all the startups that stop innovating past a certain point. Why do they stop? Bad management? Lack of resources? Failure of nerve?

Some startup needs to do more to help me manage what I read. Netvibes is in a good position to do this. I have 1,000 RSS feeds in Netvibes. I can not read even 1% of the stuff that goes through my feeds. How to find the good stuff? Why doesn’t Netvibes offer voting, or click counting, or some other mechanism that would let me figure out what is good?

Why is it normal for startups to stop innovating and then fail?