Introducing Big Things Start Small

The focus of A-OS is on solo developers and small teams that are bootstrapping a digital product or service. While there is no one recipe that fits for every business model A-OS provides content empty structures to speed up development and reach a MVP that encompasses a modern development stack manageable for individuals.

Since the scope of a project depends on a unique idea making sure that building page components that are modular and reusable ensures the longevity of A-OS. This also creates the benefit that other upstream projects also can reap the rewards of better implementations as building blocks mature.

Setting new benchmarks based on insights from previous projects helped identifying the two most crucial project failures.

  • Time Management and Technical Debt
  • Financial Overhead

Project Management

A solo founder or small team only has a fixed amount of time available to work on bringing an idea to life, focusing on developing the unique project features is not only crucial for adoption but also keeps motivation by not wasting time on general infrastructure.

To address technical debt with the words of Ward Cunningham who is credited for coining the phrase and describes on how to factor this into a project.

A little debt speeds development so long as it is paid back promptly with a rewrite. Objects make the cost of this transaction tolerable. The danger occurs when the debt is not repaid. Every minute spent on not-quite-right code counts as interest on that debt. Entire engineering organizations can be brought to a stand-still under the debt load of an unconsolidated implementation, object-oriented or otherwise

I’m never in favor of writing code poorly, but I am in favor of writing code to reflect your current understanding of a problem, even if that understanding is partial

Zero Cost Development

Although most projects should focus on reaching a point of revenue as long as there is a financial burden associated with the operational cost this financial stake will have to be absorbed by the developer. By maintaining a zero cost development incentive a project technically could remain hosted forever mimicking elements of a decentralized application.

The zero sum cost model only has recently been achievable by relying on big tech companies and the ever decreasing price in hosting costs. The only remaining cost to a project in the current state of development are but will be reduced as far as possible*:

  • Domain Cost (Concept Phase)
  • Content API* (Marketing Phase)