I love the idea of small tech: businesses run my one or two people that can take on some of the big boys of Silicon Valley and win. The idea of people working on only one thing, earning a living from it and delivering a quality product all at once really appeals to me.
Here’s a few small tech things that I’m currently fascinated with:
Run by one person, maybe two. A text / code editor that is simple, beautiful and does everything you need. Has a free version with a nag, but it’s definitely worth the single payment price.
A Digital Audio Workstation. One of the best. Developed by Justin Frankel . Does pretty much everything that the more expensive DAWs like Ableton, Logic Pro, etc can do. Is relatively cheap and you can test it indefinitely if you’re happy to put up with a timed nag screen.
Another DAW. See above, although this one works with a variety of payment models to support development: subscription, single payment, timed demo. Alternatively you can download the source code and build it yourself. Plus, it also works on Linux.
Remember delicious? It was the old bookmark storage SaaS. This is what it’s become now. Run by one person who is very active on the social media using their position to make the world a better place. It now runs as a subscription service.
What I like about all of this is that you can license software as open source / free so people can build it themselves, sell the compiled version or have it subscribed to (although I’m not sure how I feel about that yet) and provide a paid service / boltons, plugins to add functionality.