Which backend should I use? The 1,000 Foot View

I’ve been asking myself these questions lately. Which backend should power my next  “thing”? How does it scale? How much does it cost? How should we hire to maintain all this infrastructure? Great questions right? Most of which distract me from focusing on building the product.

I can’t tell how many times I saw the best game developer work on server infrastructure instead of what was skilled at… making games. Thank you BaaS. You make me want to hack something fun together.

I created a quick draft on the services out there. I’m sure I’m missing more as they pop up. Poke me if I’m missing any. This is the 10,000 foot view of the landscape. I’ll be digging into more as I get my hands dirty. I don’t think this will solve all problems, but lets us focus on the product. Lean startups can’t afford distractions.

Link to see full page: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Aqg_TeBd98swdEtZTHdsVXEzZUd2NWVtdHAyZ29VWEE&single=true&gid=0&output=html


  1. Blair Giesen says:

    I like how you laid out all your providers on the spreadsheet. Are any of them San Diego companies? Are there any San Diego companies worth working with?


    • Blair, unfortunately no San Diego companies on the list. I believe most of these guys are overseas or spread out across the US. Parse bought out by Facebook last year, in the bay area. GoInstant acquired by Salesforce.

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