The Walking Dead: Apps and Companies That Died But Aren’t Dead…Yet

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We’re big fans of The Walking Dead, so we’ve been excited for the return since the trailer came out in July. I’ll take any excuse to squeeze a zombie reference into something useful and informative, so here’s a collection of companies/apps/services that are either ‘dying’ or ‘dead’ and what you might do if you’re a current or former user looking to replace it.

If you’ve lost a near and dear app or service, let us know in the comments, we’d love to help you find something that can help start the healing! We also have a good list of ways to find new tools if you want to look on your own.

Rapportive

In true zombie fashion, Rapportive (now Sales Navigator for Gmail) never truly died, you can even see the Chrome Extension is still named Rapportive in the store. One of our old favorites from what feels like ages ago, Rapportive struggled for a bit and then was >ultimately acquired. If you don’t like how things changed after LinkedIn bought this fan favorite, check out Clearbit and FullContact. Both have useful Chrome extensions and play really nice in your inbox.  It’s also worth noting that the Founder of Rapportive has started another company called SuperHuman. TechCrunch has even gone as far as saying it’s ‘what Gmail would be if it were built today’.

Conspire

Finding the perfect route to a new connection had never been so awesome before Conspire! Conspire was acquired by FullContact in August and their core functionality still works – it even seems you can still sign up. They say they will be adding the Conspire features into the FullContact App, but I haven’t seen it happen yet.

Meldium (now LastPass, kinda)

You could say Meldium is totally dead, but it sorta lives on at parent company LastPass. I still say Meldium was the best experience for working smoothly with a large team and that hasn’t yet made it into LastPass. As someone wise once said, “the best password manager is the one people will actually use”. Until we deployed Meldium at Startup Weekend, we had passwords floating around in Google Sheets, yeah… When we started using Meldium, it was so easy for people, that we actually had folks effectively using it! The biggest competitors here like LastPass and 1Password haven’t quite got there yet, in my opinion. Their security is certainly top notch, but it’s harder to get started with and less technically inclined users seem to struggle at first. If you’re on a budget and liked Meldium, I highly recommend checking out CommonKey – we’re using it at ScreenChecker because we’re a small team and it’s free for us, but also because it  has the most Meldium-ish feel I’ve encountered since.

Brandisty

What was once a slick app for sharing your digital assets with members of the press, your community, or others in a neat and user friendly portal; slowly became unusable and poorly supported. It was then was acquired by Brand.ai almost a year ago. Having used both products, I never considered Brand.ai a real replacement for Brandisty, but I’m hopeful the great team behind Brand.ai will bring the best of it into their app (and Brand.ai itself is worth a look). Brandisty makes this list as a true Zombie, you can still sign up for the service, but not much has changed in the year since the acquisition and other tools have passed it in terms of features and ease of use. I’m skeptical it’ll be around for much longer as Brand.ai focuses on making it a part of what they do. So, if you want to provide an awesome portal for your digital files and  to your team/community/public – check out Frontify, Emblem, and Orbit (from Bynder). You can also see what Siftery has listed here asalternatives for Brandfolder, another player in this area.

SoundCloud

For the moment, it seems SoundCloud pulled a Glenn on us and somehow survived under that dumpster. After a few times teetering on the brink in recent memory, including massive layoffs this summer, SoundCloud has >secured new funding and restructured. Honestly, I’m not sure how we’d recommend moving on from SoundCloud, but it looks like we won’t have to…for now.

A fighting ‘Chance’:

SongKick

Another of our favorite music related companies (I’ve been using for all 10 years they’ve been around), Songkick looks like they’re dead walking. Their ongoing feud with TicketMaster and rumors of mismanagement and money-wasting has SongKick down to a skeleton crew just trying to serve current contracts. As a user, you can actually still sign up for a new account, but at this point we have no idea how long it will be around. We recommend checking out Bandcamp and and definitely getting on Jukely if it’s available in your city!

Skully

Whew, I was one click away from being one of Skully’s backers. Once the hype of the motorcycle world, Skully imploded last year in one of the most dramatic Silicon Valley style flameouts in recent memory. While truly dead as the company it once was, it looks like it is rising toward a possible redemption. New founders have bought the assets and have vowed ‘to make this right’. You *might* be getting your helmet after all, folks. In the meantime, you can check out some of these options: NUVIZ (retrofit a helmet with a HUD), LiveMap Helmet, and still on KickStarter for just a few more hours, the CrossHelmet.

Jawbone

This one makes me nostalgic for all my dad’s bluetooth earpieces from 2002. Jawbone was truly a pioneer, so it’s sad to see that it has officially gone out of business, but….now Jawbone Health is here with the same CEO and much of the same team…hmm. While now focused on clinical health services, they haven’t been clear about the future of their wearables or what support for existing customers looks like. If you’re looking for wearables to replace your UP, Fitbit is an obvious candidate and Misfit is a personal favorite that seems strong with Coca Cola as an investor. If you are looking to replace your Jambox at some point, I can’t recommend anything other than UE’s Boom line. I’ve tried everything in this category and my own Boom has gone up against everything and always come out on top. I will say, my friend’s JBL Pulse did alright, too.

Start A Fire

This one was sad, I liked the way they did things. A nifty tool to add CTAs to all the content you share, yours or not, was truly useful when used tastefully. Fortunately, this lives on with many, many competitors. Try Sniply, CliClap, Replug, or any from this great Quora thread.

What’s the tool you were most sad to lose or you think you might lose soon? Let’s find alternatives together in the comments.