Year Of Birth: 1998
Year Of Demise: Purchased by Sabre Holdings in 2005
CEO: Matthew Crummack
Founded By: Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman

The travel site specialized in selling distressed inventory like vacant hotel rooms and undersold flights. In 2000, debuted on the London Stock Exchange with a booming first day, closing with a value of £768 million (roughly $1,238,937,600). Over the next six months, lastminute would see similar U.S. companies fall victim to the softening market and, to its own fault, perpetually delayed the unveiling of its reimagined website. A year after its initial flotation, the company’s stock price would fall 90% before being acquired by Sabre Holdings (the parent company of Travelocity) in 2005.