Top 100 Geospatial companies from 2016 – Where are they now? Part 2/3


In the previous blog post, I listed the 26 companies including DigitalGlobe and HERE Technologies that were acquired by other companies since the original Top 100 Geospatial Companies was published in 2016 (Top 100 Geospatial Companies from 2016 – Where are they now? Part 1/2).

In the second part, I wanted to focus on the companies that have shut shop since then or seem to have closed down.

  1. Mapzen: This was a real shocker! Mapzen announced that it is shutting down in January this year (2018) without giving any specific reasons but thanks to their focus on open-source right from their inception, all their work is still available. On a side note, Randy Meech, former CEO of Mapzen has since started a new company StreetCred which is IMHO a company to keep an eye on! (Related: Meet StreetCred – the startup that is on a mission to create an accessible database of places people care about! #TheNextGeo).
  2. Beacify: The Location-based services company started in 2013 has since been closed according to CrunchBase.
  3. Magellan: Although their CrunchBase page still lists them as active, their website is dead and their twitter handle also seems to be inactive.
  4. Mapjam: Mapjam is another company that is listed as active on CrunchBase but their website doesn’t work and LinkedIn page is inactive.
  5. NotifyNearMe: Their website redirects to another page, which also doesn’t open.
  6. WayTag: The South-African company founded in 2009 was working on helping people find addresses using a single word well before What3Words came into the picture. Looks like they have closed down in 2014.
  7. Pozzey: No information is available on CrunchBase about this company. Their domain is up for sale and their twitter account hasn’t been active in the past 38months…

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.


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