Awesome Ideas · New idea

I have an idea that can compete with Email as we know it.

Bob Jnr An Online Startup Looking for a Co-founder with any of the networking skills listed below

March 23rd, 2018

Do you think I can get this idea out without a technical knowledge?

Jenny Kwan Co-Founder and Technical Lead of Woodlamp Technologies

April 1st, 2018

No. Because email is a standard that many disparate vendors and open source developers have implemented, so that servers running completely different software can, by agreement on a standard, deliver each others' messages. There is no such thing as "competing with email". That you believe that you can do so means you lack the sufficient social and technical knowledge around how communications standards work, and therefore, you are tilting at windmills.

Geoffrey Callaghan CTO

March 27th, 2018

Ideas have no value in off themselves. everyone has an Idea. I can imagine something

like hey I though of this cool idea, to travel at the speed of thought. Great idea. Lets see you implement the idea however. Don't tell me show me!

Julian J. Ludwig Founder and CEO of the Jacarandá Group, a Music Production, Licensing and Voice Over services.

March 24th, 2018

I believe that having the technical knowledge is necessary for you to convey the viability of your idea.

Adrian Reif Chief Goodness Warrior @Yumbutter (exit), Dedicated to building a better world

March 30th, 2018

I would love to see the end of email! Find two great co-founders, one with the dev skills and passion for killing email, and the other with hustle to go out and knock down doors, raise $, and tell anyone who will listen. You keep everyone on course. Go. Do. It.

Robert Cleary Entrepreneur

April 14th, 2018

I’m very intrigued. Message me.

Alex May Freet(h)inker

March 24th, 2018

There is already services like Skype.

I think you must consider it as your rivels not Email.

As for technical knowledge -- there are lots of specialists who can criticize your idea as 1+1 -- and you gotta listen, because you anyway hear it when start hiring programers. ;)

Aleksandra Czajka Freelance Senior Software Engineer, Developer, Web Developer, Programmer - Full Stack

March 28th, 2018


I think that's a valiant effort. Many believe that email will be dead. I myself, have no valid opinions to offer on the subject as I do not know the industry - simply using email, skype or alternatives does not qualify me as an industry expert or allow me to have a valuable opinion.

So, I would start with that. It's not technical knowledge, per se, that you need at the moment. It is industry knowledge and sufficient real-user testing to see whether the idea is adaptable. Using email is a daily, deeply rooted habit for most people. You need to test whether your idea is so much better, so much smoother and much more convenient than email so that people will be able to break out of their deep-rooted habit. That is the toughest part of your journey - not the technical part.

If there is a high number of interested users, you then need to determine whether that number is high enough for the idea to work. Will most people in the world need to switch to your idea in order for it to be feasible? That is, if I'd like to use email as a communication channel but not a sufficient number of people are using it, I will quickly switch to using what most people ARE using. Since my goal is communication and not really using a specific app for it, I will use what will help me to actually communicate.

If you then determine that a broad range of users want the product, engage a technical expert. See what it would take to implement. You can get a consultant for an hour or two to discuss the idea with you for a fee. Since the first step could take quite a bit of time, you could start out with gauging whether it is technically possible as that would take only a few conversation and research. If it is not, no need to proceed with gauging the market.

So, do you need technical knowledge? No, not at all. After you validate the idea has legs you will most definitely need to work with someone technical and dedicated, but that's a way easier problem to tackle than the first one.

All my best and good luck to you!


Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

March 29th, 2018

Well sure you can get the idea spread without technical knowledge, but the technical folks will be some of the first ones to criticize your idea, and to understand what would be required to make your idea happen.

You don't have to be a technical expert, but you should be educating yourself on the technology that goes into implementing your idea. Without understanding the fundamentals of the technology involved in your idea, it will be too easy to be hornswaggled by technology suppliers promising things that just aren't true. Although you may not be the technologist yourself, you should become informed enough to understand the type of labor that will be involved to create your system, the challenges in executing your idea, how competitive systems function, and what physical limitations exist to your idea reaching the scale of email.

Remember, that it's all mail of some kind over the last couple centuries. It was postal mail written by hand, then it became voice mail transmitted by wires, then it became email managed by machines, then it was shortened to SMS and chat tools, and now you hear young people on their phones saying, "I wish there was a way to get all this sent (text message) without having to type it all out, while not realizing that's what a phone call is, on the very device they're using to type text.

So, it would be a very unusual thing to think you've created a replacement for email. It's all mail of some kind for hundreds of years, only limited by the TECHNOLOGY to deliver it.

Steven Fried Founder, CEO, and General Counsel

March 28th, 2018

Depends on what it is . . . and you've given us no information. Though if your idea is attaching little notes to pigeon's legs, it's been done.

Shubham Arora iOS | Android| Web developer

March 28th, 2018

You just need to make a vision in your mind i.e. how the project looks like or we can say the business logic of project. Without technical knowledge you can easily discuss with anyone to get successfully launched in the market.