Innovating Instant Messaging:
The Kweaky Story

The Kweaky journey began with a simple idea: to minimize text in instant messaging and transform it into a more visual language. By focusing on the core questions of Why, What, Where, When, and Who, we aimed to streamline communication and make it more efficient and engaging for users.

The Idea Stage

Earliest Mock UI Version

Widget Revolution: Enhancing Chat

Our innovation went beyond the visual language and centered on the addition of widgets within chat conversations. These widgets, serving as customizable mini-applications, allowed users to interact with messages in new and exciting ways without needing a keyboard. The widgets added a layer of functionality, enabling users to quickly send and respond to queries, saving time and making conversations more enjoyable.

Securing Investment and Building the Future

The unique concept of Kweaky, coupled with the early design iterations and animations, caught the attention of investors. With a powerful pitch deck showcasing the potential of Kweaky, we secured a $150,000 investment at a million-dollar evaluation, paving the way for further development and refinement of the platform.

Competing in the Instant Messaging Market

Despite our best efforts and the groundbreaking features Kweaky brought to the table, the startup faced immense competition from established instant messaging platforms like Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. Eventually, we could not gain significant traction in the market. However, our innovative ideas were not in vain, as these popular platforms went on to incorporate elements from Kweaky into their own offerings in the years that followed.

In conclusion, while Kweaky may not have achieved widespread adoption, its innovative approach to instant messaging and pioneering widget technology left a lasting impact on the industry, inspiring established platforms to evolve and enhance their own features.

Important Footnote

This caseĀ  study is about a startup that I founded in 2013. Its style was still early stage and most of the efforts went into development. A rebranding effort was in the roadmap but never came to fruition as I had decided to relocate to Canada.