Memo was a very cool alternative to email that Peter Saxton and I built while we were at YC in 2020. The project took a great deal of inspiration from Cal Newport's book Deep Work.

It was a tool to help its users communicate more effectively by reclaiming focus.

"Today Memo is putting distraction free focus into communication. Email and messaging apps are among the most distracting technologies around but they are essential to work. This paradox makes communication tools the best way to have the biggest impact on focus. It's time to re-imaging email and instant messaging."

These articles were originally published on - we later renamed the product to Memo.