At SevenTablets, we hear about countless app ideas each year. Some are phenomenal, some are practical and some lack potential, but we are always happy to learn about each one, offer advice and help however we can. A lot of times, we hear the phrase “my app’s just like Uber, but for X industry.” But chances are your app is nothing like Uber, and here’s why…
Uber, A Fully-funded Ride-Sharing Service
Yes, Uber is disruptive, exciting and wildly popular—things we wish every app could be, but that doesn’t mean your idea has anything to do with a taxi service. There’s probably a chance that you’re not a multi-millionaire who’s already sold a successful tech start-up either, unlike Travis Kalanick, the Uber co-founder who sold his start-up, Red Swoosh, for $19 million back in 2007.
Start Where You Are
No one follows the same entrepreneurial path to success, and that’s 100% okay. In fact, it’s what makes each development project exciting. Though Uber has set the bar high, much like Facebook, it still creates unnecessary boundaries that can limit your app’s evolution and success. For instance, if Snapchat had been trying to be the next Facebook, they probably wouldn’t have achieved a $27.84 billion evaluation with 156 million users worldwide.
And the Snapchat phenomenon reminds us that massive success often comes from humble and original beginnings. In fact, Snapchat was started as a class project by three Stanford University students and launched as an iOS-only app from co-author Evan Spiegel’s living room. The project was even mocked by some of Spiegel’s classmates, but guess who got the last laugh.
“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” -Tony Robbins
Let’s Do This
So, while you’re prototyping your app and hiring developers, we encourage you to think BIG. Think in the way only you and your company can, with the insight only you have. Admire other apps and allow them to inspire your ideation, but give yourself the opportunity to think outside the boundaries imposed on you by your Silicon Valley predecessors.