Year Of Birth: 1980
Year Of Demise: 1999
CEO: Jill Barad
Founded By: Ann McCormick, Leslie Grimm, and Teri Perl

Anyone who went to middle school in the ‘90s should pour one out for The Learning Company. The software developer produced computer games like Oregon Trail, Carmen Sandiego, and the ClueFinder series. Toy magnate Mattel bought the company for $3.8 billion and, rather promptly, ran it into the ground, selling the company for $27.3M less than three years after its purchase.