Also in the department of "things you don't need": Kafka! From Vicki Boykis' amazing new newsletter Normcore Tech:
Most startups (and big companies) don’t need the tech stack they have.
She outlines the many sociological reasons for this, which reduce down to a kind of tech FOMO / group think. This general dynamic is something I've absolutely observed in practice: tech companies love technology and want to use "cutting edge" stuff. But adding tech to your stack is expensive in terms of time / complexity. My favorite post on this topic is called Choose Boring Technology and I highly recommend it—it's formed the basis of my thinking on this topic since it was written.
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