10 Crazy App Ideas That Became App Success Stories

Apps are the quickest means to organize, power and connect the modern world. The best startups seem obvious only in retrospect. Most of the success stories lie behind a crazy or weird app ideas which led them to break the stereotypes in the world of mobile applications.

When I was researching for this article, I came across so many success stories, and not all but most of them were considered to be rejected prior to seeing them working. That is true by all means –if they had been so obvious, lots of companies would have already been doing them.

“Crazy is the new Quirky.”

It is possible to create a good startup with a good idea, but great startups are often the result of ideas that seem ridiculous if you hear them prior to seeing them work.

Let’s take a look at a few of the applications that were ridiculous startup ideas and eventually became successful.

Top 10 App Ideas

  • Google– We are building the world’s 20th search engine at a time when most of the others have been abandoned as being commoditized money losers. We’ll strip out all of the ad-supported news and portal features, so you won’t be distracted by using the free search stuff.


  • Facebook – The world needs yet another MySpace or Friendster, except several years late. We’ll open it up only to a few thousand overworked, anti-social Ivy Leaguers.


  • Dropbox– We built a file sharing and syncing solution in a market has a dozen of them made by big companies like Microsoft. It only has one feature, and you have to move all of your content to use it.


  • Amazon – We’ll sell books online, even though users are still scared to use credit cards on the web. Their shipping costs will eat up any money they save. They’ll do it for the convenience, even though they have to wait a week for the book.


  • LinkedIn– How about a professional social network, aimed at busy 30- and 40-somethings. They will use it once every five years when they go job searching.


  • iOS – A brand new operating system that doesn’t run a single one of the millions of applications that have been developed for Mac OS, Windows or Linux. Only Apple can build apps for it. It won’t have cut and paste.


  • Instagram– Who needs Facebook? We got filters! That’s right, filters!


  • Craigslist– It will be ugly. It will be free. Except for the spammers. How cool is that, right?


  • PayPal– People will use their insecure AOL and Yahoo email addresses to pay each other real money, backed by a non-bank with a cute name run by 20-somethings.


  • Twitter – It is like email, SMS or RSS. Except it does a lot less. It will be used mostly by geeks at first, followed by Britney Spears and Charlie Sheen.


We hope that you found this list useful and inspiring. There are a lot of opportunities out there, but you need to have unique app ideas, do the research and have a plan. Regardless of what your idea is, remember that if it seems a little wacko or insane you might be on the right path towards your journey.