7 Former Fastest-Growing Companies

While some Fastest-Growing alums have carried that momentum, others have had trouble keeping the pace. Meet the ones that have since pumped the brakes.

fastest growing failures Yahoo
List year: 2005
Rank: 1

Yahoo may be struggling to find its way now, but back in 2005, the company was on Fortune's hot list. Ranked number one that year on our Fastest-Growing Companies list, Yahoo was the company to watch. Since then, Yahoo has held on to valuable assets, but never really figured out how to streamline them, losing ground and market share over the years to search giant Google.

Part of the company's recent problems has been due to its trouble keeping leaders. The ungraceful departure of former CEO Scott Thompson, who was accused of lying on his resume, was only the most recent event in the HR soap opera.

Things at Yahoo are looking up, however. The company just hired former Google exec Marissa Mayer as its new CEO this past July. She may have a shot at creating a coherent rebound strategy for Yahoo to get it back on the growth list again.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated September 10 2012 05:03 PM ET
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