7 Advantages of Node.js for Startups

Daniil Kopilevych
Daniil Kopilevych
Marketing Manager
Apr 11, 2018 5 min read
Technology Apr 11, 2018 5 min read

It has never been easier to bring your idea to life and launch a startup. Thanks to emerging technologies, Internet revolution and crowdfunding, thousands of people bring their innovations to the market. And, today it seems to be really easy. But, it isn’t.

Startupers-newcomers are often full of excitement and enthusiasm, however, they face real-world risks and uncertainties. There really is a dark side of the moon. We call it…

The right choice

Selection of the right programming platform for the next startup can have a crucial impact on the new product’s success, along with availability of the working capital, proper marketing strategy, and the growth plan.

Actually, the right technology stack should be the first big decision, based on multiple factors like scalability, learning curve, speed of development, community, and many others.

Being you a first-time startuper, or a co-founder of an organization that launched numerous successful projects, remember: things that cannot be avoided should be adopted.

JavaScript is reasonably accepted as the world’s most popular programming language. This is English among other programming languages. And, what is more, JavaScript will never totally go away.

Why Node.js?

“The most exciting single piece of software in the current JavaScript universe”, Ryan Dahl, software engineer and inventor of Node.js

Node.js is a cross-platform runtime environment, built on V8, high-performance open-source JavaScript engine. To ensure outstanding performance, Node.js applies event-driven, non-blocking I/O paradigm. In the past years, it gained a lot of popularity in various development circles.

Node.js really shines in building fast, scalable network applications, offers benefits in performance, faster development, and other perks. Today’s requirements for processing and consuming real-time information are paramount, and Node.js is exceptionally fast for multi-user real-time data situations. No surprise, that a lot of startups lean toward it.

Node.js is best suitable for:

  • Real-time web applications
  • Streaming applications
  • Messaging apps
  • Chat programs
  • Social media apps
  • Virtual emulators
  • Multiplayer games
  • Collaboration tools
  • API

Node.js as a platform of choice for startups provides the following benefits:

1. Easy to learn

Node.js has no steep learning curve. Coding in Node.js is relatively easy to grasp, once you have mastered JavaScript and Object Oriented Programming basics. It’s enough to start.

The hardest things are to have the client-server model clear in your mind, and catching up with the Node’s asynchronous flow.
There are plenty of interactive courses, tutorials and examples on github, which can make your learning a really pleasant experience.  

2. Keeping things simple

Before the product launch startupers wear many hats and  face many challenges. No surprise, they want to keep their lives as simple as they can be. Thus, as they step into the Node.js, they really enjoy easy sharing one language both on server and client sides, and no necessity to switch between back-end and front-end.

This means, that applications written in Node.js require fewer files and less code compared to those with different languages for front-end and back-end. You can also reuse and share the code between the front-end and back-end parts of your application, which speed up the development process. One code, one deployment, everything in one place.

These considerable benefits are especially valuable at the initial stage of your startup product development, as you can have a team of full-stack developers for both sides, and cut costs on man/hour.

3. Faster time-to-market

Time is priceless for startupers. First months they have to work relentlessly to iterate fast, test, deploy and deliver as quickly as possible, while having at the same time shoelace budgets and lean teams. Node.js is particularly helpful in making the time-to-market cycle shorter.

The first thing is that the technology is lightweight and can massively reduce the application development time while achieving the same functionality. With Node, you can get from idea to product in a snap. Secondly, dead simple deployments help you get immediate feedback from the production environment.

4. Scalability

Scalability is baked into the core of Node.js. It is one of Node’s basic benefits for startups who are planning to grow with the course of time. App-based startups choose it to develop lightweight and fast systems with good real-time response that can be scaled up later, as well as to easily add more modules to the existing ones. You never know how high will you go.

Node’s scalability is achieved by the load balancing and the capability to handle a huge number of concurrent connections. Moreover, Node’s apps support both vertical and horizontal scaling.

Node.js is well-suited for microservices architecture, which is really beneficial for the projects that will scale and grow in the future. Also, it is possible to create a separate microservice for any functionality, and then scale it separately from all other parts.

5. Battle-tested old hand

If you are concerned with the relative novelty of Node.js, don’t worry. In the past few years the number of companies using Node.js for their products has increased dramatically, and the giants like PayPal, Netflix and eBay have joined the hype.

Surely, Node.js is a mature and well-tested tool, and it is not going to be neglected or abandoned any time soon.

6. MVP development

Short budgets and strict timeframes mean that it’s worth quickly validating the marketability of the product’s idea with the least efforts, investments and resources, and ensure the product is well received before paying out more money on development. You better get ready before you take off.

Node.js enables to quickly develop an MVP (minimum viable product)  – a piece of software with just enough features (or a single killer feature) so that the product can go to the market and satisfy the first customers. MVP is a rudimentary stage on the way to a full-fledged application.

7. Community

An active community means a lot of support and feedback. Again, thriving Node.js community can help you avoid reinventing a bicycle – they have produced multiple tools and decent instruments that accelerate the development speed.

NPM (a node package manager), Node’s package ecosystem, is the largest and the fastest growing software registry in the world. It provides numerous libraries and reusable templates you can incorporate into your code to have more value with less efforts and time. And, there is a module for pretty much anything you can imagine in the NPM ecosystem.

Moreover, in the vast community there are a lot of developers and product owners who can help you with the most of your questions.

Polishing off

Node.js seems to be the most obvious choice for startupers, and more and more companies are giving it a try.
Read the 
checklist of Node.s greatest features below before you put off on your successful journey with Node.js:

  • Efficient performance
  • Easier development process
  • Reusable code
  • Ability to handle multiple requests
  • Ability to scale smoothly
  • Prompt code execution
  • Asynchronous and event-driven
  • Supported by leading companies
  • Top-notch prototyping capabilities
  • Vast talent pool