Unvalidated Ideas #057
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Here's a fresh idea you can take out there and validate.
PostgREST as a service (🗒Raw Notes)
Hosted database are a core feature of platforms these days -- almost every platform has a hosted Postgres (the database you should probably be using) solution that you can start in a few clicks.
Apps need databases, but most developers don't want databases -- they want APIs (that they can call from a some web application or mobile app).
As you might imagine, there is a lot of competition in this space:
- Supabase (slightly different market, more of a Firebase competitor)
- Hasura (focused on other technology like GraphQL)
- TimescaleDB (focused on time series)
- ... many many more
But here's the thing -- most providers aren't really competing with this idea. The main benefit is for developers to bring the database they already have. What all these platforms often force you to do is to entrust your data to them.
What if developers had a way to take the RDS database they already have and instantiate a properly maintained, easy to migrate, and powerful API service? They could spend all their time focusing on the frontend, until they had the resources to find dedicated backend engineers and database experts (if they even need them).
This is the idea that made Parse work -- and the need is still out there.
What was in this week's uncut edition?
Like being teased? I hope so, because here's what was in the uncut edition this week:
- PostgREST as a service
- A small list of tools for confirming trends
Don't forget, there's always
money in the banana stand 3x more in the uncut edition.
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