Is Roam Research the Next Big Tool!?

With Notion’s $2bn value, will Roam join this success?

Francesco D'Alessio
3 min readApr 10, 2020


There’s naturally been a lot of hype around Notion these last few weeks, and with Notion’s strong $2bn pre-money valuation, surely there’s room for more workspace tools to run alongside its success.

So, what is Roam, how does it compare, how’s it being used? And most importantly, will it follow in Notion’s footsteps as the tool for the masses.

What is Roam

Roam Research is a note-taking application with a twist.

Unlike Evernote, Roam allows you to connect up notes using something called “networked thought” — which essentially produces relationships between notes you’ve created.

roam research networked thought

For some, when using it, it’ll remind you of an outliner application like Dynalist or Workflowy, but has a smarter nature — producing references and relationships, allowing for a range of use cases.

Use Cases

So who’s using this application?

It seems to be a range of users. Mainly those who are looking for a blend between a life wiki, note-taker, and task management tool.

Twitter is full of users sharing how they’re using it.



Francesco D'Alessio

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