Watermelons burst when dropped. Let’s just say, that’s what happened with Dutch startup Watermelon. Tomorrow, the prolific Utrecht based company that provided businesses with a customer service dashboard for Whatsapp, will be declared bankrupt. According to founder and CEO Alexander Wijninga on Facebook, that’s not the only reason why the ‘young entrepeneur of year’-award winning startup will cease to exist.
Facebook summoned Watermelon
It was only four months ago that Facebook summoned Watermelon to cease the use of its service on Whatsapp, as Silicon Canals first reported (in Dutch). Although the Facebook owned company doesn’t have an official API, Watermelon stated it was not violating the terms and conditions of the messaging service. “We’re in a grey area”, Wijninga said at the time.