My company is successful, but I need guidance (Investors?)
My first project that I did 2 years ago failed, and I spent too much time (7 months) building out a complex build pipeline with multiple micro-services. I had a main service, edge services, caching layers, etc. I learned a lot but a big waste of time. It was probably over $150/mo for something that didn't make any money.
Currently for Crave Cookie, I pay about $60/mo on Digitalocean which processed $69k in the last 30 days.
My build is very simple, I build my Docker containers locally and push them to the registry, then I deploy all the static assets to s3 (Digitalocean Space), and then ssh into prod and pull and run the container, one single instance on one single machine. That deployment is done quickly in a single shell script.
I use a SQLite database that is backed up to s3 every 3 hours. No external database yet.