Skolay helps writers (we call them "Fellows") have leisurely office hours without the need to give out personal info, send emails, or reconcile schedules. While office hours may be free, Fellows can also choose to raise money for causes they care about or earn money too. Fellows can embed links to their Skolay profile inside their articles, social media profiles, webinar invites, website bios, and more, to reduce the steps needed to start talking.

Why should you care?

Imagine you go to an event, like a book talk. After, there’s a brief Q&A, and people sprint to the mic. You loved the talk but since the event is so short, you have no time to digest what you’ve heard; since it’s crowded, you feel overlooked; since it’s chaotic, you can’t follow up. The prospect of talking with the speaker appeals to you, yet because of the circumstances, you never have a chance.

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What if you could casually follow up with them on your own time, 1:1, from the comfort of your home? What if you didn’t have to write emails, await replies, face possible rejection or locate an agent, only to talk? In short, what if you could actually have a substantive conversation with the ease of calling an Uber?

What can you do on Skolay that you can't do elsewhere?

The magic of Skolay comes from our obsession with how 1:1 conversations can be encouraged on the basis of existing forms of content and engagement which have untapped value as catalysts for conversation. While the elements of Skolay are pretty simple—browsing, scheduling, calling, payment—combining these in the service of 1:1 conversations means that while on Skolay you can always be assured of three things:

1. Everyone you see is receptive to talking with new people like you.

2. If you’re unable to talk with the person you’ve come for, we’ll do our level best to help you have another great conversation.

 

3. On Skolay, you won’t feel the confusion and anxiety that naturally accompanies reaching out on multi-purpose platforms.

FAQ

Why is Skolay for 1:1 conversations only?

Because only by respecting this constraint can we stay faithful to our unconventional aspiration: to create the least passive platform in the world.

Why is such a platform needed today?

“Every invention creates new needs, but the biggest needs are not for new or more advanced versions of the last invention but for solutions to the social problems the last invention created.”   

-Philip Slater, The Pursuit of Loneliness, 1970

Since most recent inventions promote passive engagement, new ones are needed to help us reclaim more purposeful lives. We believe more meaningful engagement starts with more active dialogue.

What are some of the big barriers to out-of-network conversation?

●  People are reluctant to publicly disclose personal information, particularly phone numbers.

●  Email is often impersonal, inefficient, and overly formal. Inboxes are easily cluttered, occasionally misdirect messages to

     spam, and are hard to organize for specific functions outside ordinary work-flows.

●  Cold calling is intimidating if you don’t even know whether the person on the other end is interested in talking.