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What is the best Infrastructure for Bootstrapped SaaS?

What is the best Infrastructure for Bootstrapped SaaS?
By Ian Wootten • Issue #6 • View online
Welcome back to your fortnightly retrospective on all the most interesting stories and code from people building great software. I hope you’ve enjoyed your Easter break and recovered from all the chocolate you’ve received.
This week has been particularly exciting for me in that I got my first covid jab. The process was very swift as I’d actually phoned to reschedule my paper invitation, but ended up getting an invite within the hour. I also met my niece for the first time ever over in England. It has meant more driving for me over the course of 2 days than in the last 6 months.
In todays issue we focus on the architecture of your SaaS. Should it be simple with less features, using something like Heroku - or more complex, featuring every AWS service under the sun? I even decided to make a video on the topic linked below.
New for this issue, I’ve decided to include a couple of interesting discounted kindle links of books I’ve seen. I can’t guarantee I’ll do this every issue, but thought these were good enough to be worth mentioning. These are affiliate links, so I’ll get a small commission if you decide to buy through them at no extra cost to you.
As always, if you have any comments or content suggestions for future issues, please feel free to reply to this email and let me know.
Until next time, keep on shipping!
Ian

Stories
Evaluating Modest SaaS Business Ideas
5 years of Gruntwork
The Architecture Behind A One-Person Tech Startup
Code
burnash/gspread: Google Sheets Python API
typpo/quickchart: Chart image and QR code web API
New Video
I talk about what bootstrapped businesses might want to consider before deciding on their approach to infrastructure.
Should You Outsource Your DevOps?
Should You Outsource Your DevOps?
Bargain Kindle Books
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E Gerber - £1.99 on Kindle
Own your Weird: An Oddly Effective Way for Finding Happiness in Work, Life, and Love by Jason Zook (aka the “I Wear Your Shirt” guy) - £1.99 on Kindle
My Favourite Tweet
If you thought you needed to use complex frameworks to build your products, you may want to think again. Peter Levels gave some insight behind his remoteok.io site this week. This became something of a meme between bootstrappers who were then tweeting their own fake infrastructure descriptions of services.
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https://t.co/LXa46PyeHr is a single PHP file called "index.php" generating $101,101 this month. No frameworks. No libraries (except jQuery)💖

(SGD 123.4k=USD 92k) + (USD 9.5k in ads) https://t.co/jV1gZhyNOM https://t.co/mOlMHvYQws
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Ian Wootten

I'm Ian, a developer from Cardiff, UK. Here I cover my story and others on the tools and code behind developers shipping great products. Every issue, I share some thoughts and compile the most interesting links I've discovered since last time.

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