Startup Rule #101 – Easier to Create than to Maintain.

God was able to create the world in 7 days because he didn’t have an existing user base.

If you build a product meant to be used by real people (AKA customers) you might be able to create it over the weekend but once it’s in the hands of users it becomes much harder to develop.

You can’t just restart the database anymore because people are using it. You can’t run it on your laptop. You have to migrate existing data when making major changes. You can’t just patch that kernel and push it out because you’ll end up with unintended consequences (AKA bugs).

This is why it dovetails with the classic “keep it simple stupid” philosophy. The less you build the less you have to maintain.

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