The Top Five Reasons your Web Startup Will Fail

by Rob Lewis | Startups

Just before everyone took off for their annual Christmas break, MakeFive's Eric Karjaluoto had his Elevator Pitch featured on Techcrunch. While I'm sure Karjaluoto had a pretty strong following to his numerous blogs -,, & the MakeFive Blog - before that, there's no doubt that kind of exposure is great for your overall readership.

Karjaluoto is a co-founder of a Vancouver-based interactive agency smashLAB and has been dabbling with a couple startups recently. So when he blogged on Friday about Why your web startup will fail, his readers piled on the comments (148 and counting) and they liked what they read.

In honour of Karjaluoto's current startup MakeFive, I've summarized his blog post into The Top Five Reasons your Web Startup Will Fail:

  1. You won’t have an audience
  2. You’re going to run out of cash
  3. You’ll get frustrated
  4. The emotional rollercoaster will beat you
  5. You’ll get excited about something else
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

smashLAB is a design studio located in Vancouver, Canada. We’re small, and intend to stay that way—because we like doing the work. Making drives us. For over 15 years, we’ve produced brands, websites, blogs, campaigns, books, and apps—for clients, and for ourselves. Our approach is simple: We limit bureaucracy and keep overhead low. We plan carefully, so the design we produce works well.... more

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

MakeFive is a website that allows people to connect through top-five lists. In it users can start topics of any nature and then share their opinions. This can be useful for finding new restaurants, noting favorite movies, debating topical issues, and a raft of other possibilities. Active members earn points for their activity, which increases their authority in the community. more

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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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