I Need You. No Really, I Do.


I’m gonna cut right to the chase.  AndroidGuys has evolved quite a bit over this last year and we’re ready to take things to another level altogether.  Not only with this site, but beyond that.  You see, as I’ve been keeping our eyes and ears open with developers, bloggers, and industry insiders, I’ve come up with some pretty cool ideas for things we’d like to see implemented into Android.

This Post Will Be Personal

More often than not, I’ve been pretty dead on with assessments and forecasts.  This might sound arrogant, but I like to think I have a rather good sense of where things are headed, maybe more so than others in my peer group.  I’ve always had some good ideas that I’ve seen turn out well when done by others.  Some have been silly, others lucrative.  It’s time I take some of my ideas and make them work for me.

And this is right where I hit the wall.  I have no startup capital and no investors ready to help.  I have around 6 or more strong ideas for apps and downloads for Android that I am dying to put out, but I can’t.  I’m in a Catch 22 situation.

  • I can’t hire a developer to work with since I have no money.
  • I can’t write the application because I have no experience in developing.

Trust me, I would love nothing more than to share these ideas with you readers as I know many of you would say, “Oh wow, I could totally see that selling well or going viral.”  The problem is, the second I put some of the more basic ideas out there, someone with experience could knock one of these apps out over a case of Mountain Dew.  I’d spill the beans in a private manner like email, but in today’s world, you can’t implicitly trust anyone not to steal your ideas.

I know exactly how these apps would look, feel, and operate.  I just can’t make it happen.  In fact, some of these aren’t even applications that do crazy, elaborate things.  Some are so simplistic and goofy that they’d be easy to write and still find a wide user base.

So here’s my appeal to some angel investor, venture capitalist, or someone looking to help a guy out.  I’ve set up my PayPal account to accept donations.  I know it might not resonate with some out there, but I swear that anything given as donation will go towards development of AndroidGuys software as well as furthering the site. I’m including the PayPal link at the bottom and will have it on the right hand of the site too.

In this day and age, a man’s word doesn’t seem to account for much, but I guess I am old school in thinking that a Gentleman’s Agreement is as good as gold. It’s the same agreement that I am willing to give that keeps me from talking with others about my plans.  If my ideas panned out, I would be totally comfortable with returning the donations two-fold.

I read all the time about someone selling an idea and making a fortune.  I also see stories of people with these overnight success stories because they acted on their dreams.  This is who I want to be.  I’m far too smart to be punching a clock somewhere and I know that this is “my ticket out of this place.” I’m no financial wizard, but I know that I can make so much more out of something small.

If you’ve ever been in a similar situation, you’ll know the frustration of being bottle-necked by money.  I know that this post has gone completely away from the Android news and opinion you’ve come to expect over the last 11 1/2 months, but you guys were the first people I thought of to talk to about this.

As an added incentive, any donations of $50 or higher will receive a 125 x 125 ad square to whatever site or product you want for a month, as long as it’s family friendly.  It will be shown on the home page of AndroidGuys, or thousands of daily visitors to see.  If a donation shows up in some crazy amount, I’d even be willing to change the entire background of our site for a month, replacing the green/blue gradient.

I might not receive a penny through this whole thing and that’s fine.  I actually don’t expect it.  It will just take longer for me to get there.  One way or another, I am still going to make these things happen for me.

Thanks for letting me get off track for a moment.


  1. Scott, as an open-source developer I can only give you the advice to make a project page on launchpad.net, create a blueprint in which you elaborate your ideas, and reach out by calling for voluntary developers. Ideas are always likely to be hijacked (or maybe not?) by someone else, but since this is always so and there’s really nothing you can do to prevent it, the most important thing is to make sure you are first to the market. If you can get critical mass first (and you might with the help of the open-source community), everyone is always going to think of you, even when there’s competition, and you might even deter some of the competitors. But really, at this point there are so many possibilities and ideas that it is unlikely that there will be any competition through similarity, at least for the creative ones.

  2. “…I would love nothing more than to share these ideas with you readers as I know many of you would say, “Oh wow, I could totally see that selling well or going viral.” The problem is, the second I put some of the more basic ideas out there, someone with experience could knock one of these apps out over a case of Mountain Dew.”

    That preposterous.

    Sir you are going about all wrong. An idea has no intrinsic value. VCs do not sign NDAs any more. Worse, pleading for Angel investors and readers to give you money for Android applications that don’t exist is disingenuous. “I thought of it first” won’t convince anyone to give you money. You need to participate in any of the Bootstrapping networks ( http://community.bootstrapnetwork.com/unlog.php ).

    Most shocking of all is the fact that you are trying to get investors to help for “patent” vaporware for an Open Source platform. Google gave away Android under the Apache license, and you have personally benefited from that, but your “idea” ( not actual software mind you, but just an abstract construct of the mind ) is for sale to the highest bidder, which flies in the face of the very subject of this blog.

    To quote Yoda “Do or do not, there is no try.”

  3. Everything has been said in the comments above. We don’t need any NDA stuff we need open projects. Giving you money for an unknow idea is just a bad joke.

  4. You’ve got to be kidding. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

    Have you seen the iPhone apps store? There are more ideas in there than you have begun to dream of. The limiting factor is _not_ your access to capital.

  5. While I’m definitely not offended by this like some of the commentors seem to be, as I can definitely understand where you’re coming from and I believe that you are being totally honest, you are indeed going about this the wrong way. This is an open platform with a large (and soon to grow at explosive rate) homebrew developer community around it. There is no need to hire a developer because you should be able to get help for free.

    Go out and learn some basic Java (it’s much easier than you think it is) and throw together a prototype. Take your prototype out to a forum and ask for help. You need to work within your limitations instead of trying to shortcut around them, or else your goals will simply never pan out. If you don’t have any money, then do some developing yourself and seek some free help. It’s definitely doable if you are as smart and resourceful as you think you are.

    You’re already sitting on top of an amazing marketing opportunity that most people starting out don’t have: a blog that people read and has some level of visibility in the community. Write a series of articles detailing your experience developing your first program. People will read it and get to know your program and maybe they’ll buy it when you’re done.

  6. I’m going to concur with the above posters: your idea is worthless unless you share it. And, you’re going about this the wrong way.

    What I would do:

    1. Post ads looking for a java coder and explain that it will be a revenue-sharing situation. Few people will bite at this, so be as descriptive and as upbeat as possible.

    2. Find one or two coders who seem to be competent.

    3. Share your idea with them and see if they agree.

    4. If they agree, strike a deal. The ratio should be about 75% of revenue to the coders, the rest to you. They may even need a bigger share. You’re only getting a share because you have a marketing platform, not because it’s your idea.

    5. If they don’t agree, find someone else who does.

    6. If no one agrees, then throw your idea out into the world and let it go without hoping to make money from it. Set it free. The world knows a good idea when it sees one and the open source community loves to give credit.

    That’s it. At some point, you *have* to share your idea. Please believe me and the others when we say: ideas are a dime a dozen and very, very few ideas are unique. The longer you dither on this, the greater chance you have of someone else doing the exact thing you want to do because they came up with the idea separately from you. If your idea is really, truly great, then you don’t need to move secretly, you need to move fast!

    Good luck. I hope to have your awesome apps on my phone one day soon. :)

  7. Can’t help but agree with what’s already been said.

    The Open-Source community isn’t out to steal your ideas and patent them or shiz. Set up a forum on here – there are loads of dev types who read this blog – because they love android and what it’s about – who aren;t afraid to share and collaborate on projects.

    Don’t let your ego get in the way of actually contributing to Android.

  8. I’m in a Catch 22 situation.

    – I can’t hire a developer to work with since I have no money.
    – I can’t write the application because I have no experience in developing.

    That’s not a Catch 22, it’s a Double Whammy! :)

    Good luck…

  9. I would be happy to make a donation if I knew what it was going towards. I’m assuming that these apps will be open source, and I love open source. If you post again with a list of your ideas, I would be more than happy to send a few dollars your way.

  10. TareX you can’t copywrite ideas… BUT you CAN write a document that has your idea carefully and descriptively explained and require people to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement before you show it to them. That way they are legally bound not to disclose your idea or use if for themselves.

    NDAs are pretty standard and can be found across the web as boiler plate templates. I’d find some developers who might want to work on a profit share model depending on if your ideas are good enough.

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