Knowing what causes startups to fail can help you avoid this fate for your fledgling business.

By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)

You may need to learn not to fear failure to be a successful founder, but that’s doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your utmost to avoid it. So what causes startups to fail and which sectors are more or less safe?

For answers to these sorts of questions look no further than a new infographic from, which lays out all the data on startup failure rates and the best types of business to start if you’re looking to still be around many years in the future. Check it out below.


This infographic was originally published at Photo credit: garryknight via Flickr.  

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Jessica Stillman is a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @entrylevelrebel.