10 Questions Your API Documentation Must Answer

Launch Any

Effective communication is the most important factor for API success. APIs do not have a user interface, so your documentation is the primary communication method for developers to interact with your API. Your API Documentation Must Answer 10 Key Questions.

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The Accidental API

Launch Any

How your web or mobile API might be putting your business at risk. Do you have a web or mobile API? Web APIs are often used to connect a modern web application to the backend database using JavaScript frameworks such as Backbone, Angular, or Ember. What is an Accidental API?

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How to Build a Great API Marketing Plan

Launch Any

I was recently approached by an API vendor at an API conference. While the encounter wasn’t horrific, I did find a few things related to their API marketing and sales process that left me less-than-excited to promote their product to my clients and other developers.

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Slack, Chatbots, and Voice: At the Intersection of Humans and APIs

Launch Any

This article explores the growth of messaging platforms, how APIs and chatbots are changing the way people interact with software, and what it means for digital transformation as well as the future of application development. Same APIs, different devices. And APIs are making it happen.

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How To Successfully Deploy Your Web or Mobile API to Heroku

Launch Any

I have deployed a wide variety of APIs, from internal to APIs for public or partner consumption. However, many have not experienced Heroku before or have not considered it for an API deployment solution. Why is Heroku such a great fit for deploying APIs?

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How Web APIs Unlock Value in the Cloud


How Web APIs Unlock Value in the Cloud. That is where a web API comes in. Just as the power of crowds has populated the social content repositories of Web 2.0 — YouTube videos, Facebook updates, tweets, and more — the web API enables designers and developers to re-purpose the body of knowledge that is the cloud. Here are some examples of how companies have used a web API to create more value. The Google Map API is the most used web API.

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Inside500 Startups: the fund as API

Fred Destin

My partner AJ Shanley and I dropped by the 500 Pirates' Den the other week, more officially known as the 500 Startups accelerator in Mountain View. The venture firm as an API.

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Facebook now a mature and stable partner

The Equity Kicker

Yesterday Facebook showed what a mature and stable partner they have become. At F8, their annual developers conference, they made the following announcements which make me comfortable that entrepreneurs building businesses on top of Facebook face relatively little platform risk.

When Startups Partner With Big Companies

Mark Birch

Many startup founders are of the opinion that partnerships are the way to quickly scale, but as I mentioned, most partnering relationships either never materialize after much effort or create negative value. startups partnerships partnering strategy sales

Why Twitter’s API Changes Screws Startups – And Twitter


But with these new API changes, I’m not sure how or even if we can stay in business. I didn’t really look into the recent API changes. Second, Facebook’s API is RETARDED. I love(d) Twitter’s API because of the freedom and ease of use.

Amazon’s Maps API now available to all developers, becomes part of Mobile App SDK

The Next Web

Amazon on Tuesday announced the release of its Maps API, now out of beta and integrated into the Amazon Mobile App SDK. The Amazon Maps API has two core features: Interactive Maps: You can embed a Map View in your app for customers to pan, zoom and fling around the world.

NordicAPIs Recap + How Startup Founders Should Think About Their API


NordicAPIs kicked off a two-day conference in Stockholm last week, bringing together a number of members in the local API scene from startups and industry and pulling in speakers from around the globe. Your business model exists, and should be encased by your API.

When Should Companies Implement a Web API Training Program?

Launch Any

I was recently asked what the key indicators might be that an organization should look to implement a modern web API training program. While there are likely more, these are the five key indicators that we have found that indicate your organization needs to implement an API training program.

Sofanatics Roll Out API


Today's announcement can bring that view to a great number of other websites: Sofanatics released their API. With the API Sofanatics' supporters can help further spread the platform and attract a greater number of fans to use it.

Best Seed Pitch Ever

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Albert, who led our investment in Twilio, had met Jeff and was impressed with him and his vision for Twilio. Jeff came into the conference room, sat down, and said “we have taken the entire messy and complex world of telephony and reduced it to five API calls” I said “get out of here, that’s impossible.”

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Freespree Partners With Sponsermob


On mobile, the partnering company Sponsormob, has done click-to-call advertising on an performance basis. Using the Freespee API, local search and classified publishers can increase their advertising performance and media value. We caught some news right before the holidays: the Swedish advertising technology specialist Freespee announced a partnership with Sponsormob from Germany, a mobile advertising company.

Things To Hate About API-TOS

Feld Thoughts

I’m now sitting in the API track and the first two presentations have been dynamite. Clay Loveless from Mashery just did a presentation titled “ 5 Things I Hate About Your API-TOS“. For simplicity, I’ll call the company providing the API’s the “platform company” and the companies using the API as the “ecosystem partners.” Also – I’m not picking sides here as I’m an investor in both “platform companies” and “ecosystem partners”.

#GlueCon 2014 Notes: API First: Designing your Product from the Platform Out – Kirsten Hunter, 3Scale

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API First: Designing your Product from the Platform Out – Kirsten Hunter, 3Scale. APIs are often an afterthought for developers. Taking an API first approach is the next level of MVC and allows for quick iterations. API as a product. 3Scale – API management company.

Shipbeat raises €1.2 M Seed Round, launches 'logistics as a service' API


Shipbeat was founded in early 2014 to develop an API which aggregates the services of leading parcel delivery companies. HOW THE API WORKS – LOGISTICS AS A SERVICE. You can automate shipping by providing basic info on what you need to ship, where to and from where via our API. More importantly you can use the API to real-time check and offer applicable delivery options from across all carriers for any shopping cart to satisfy your customers demand for convenience.

Nordic APIs go on tour to Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Oslo


This April the first, second and third, Nordic APIs is going on tour to Copenhagen , Helsinki , and Oslo with half-day events. The goal of the event is to discuss both Private and Public APIs, best practices, and other deep knowledge into how you should pass data around.

LinkedIn, Pusher and more offer their APIs to help EE explore future LTE apps at UK 4G hackathon

The Next Web

The EE 4G UK hackathon now has its API partners signed up and confirmed, paving the way for the start of the competition that the company hopes will spur the development of apps that make use of its 4G LTE network speeds.

FootTraffic Offers an API for Location-Based Offers

VC Cafe

In other words, a way to reach a bunch of location based apps at scale via API and paying only for those that convert. We’ll be able to start partnering soon (we are currently under Alpha-stealth mode).” This would require some heavy lifting on the business development front, but FootTraffic is confident in its ability to create value for its partners. Israeli startup FootTraffic offers advertisers a performance marketing platform for location-based offers.

The Narrow World of Platforms and APIs

Launching Tech Ventures

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 The Narrow World of Platforms and APIs by Humberto Ayres Peirera (republished from his personal blog ) In our upcoming venture, we at the team of Centroid.it have had the hard task of choosing a "partner platform".

#GlueCon 2014 Notes: What Makes a Great Developer Company? – Ethan Kurzweil, Bessemer Venture Partners

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Ethan Kurzweil, Bessemer Venture Partners. Ethan Kurzweil, Bessemer Venture Partners appeared first on LaunchAny. API GlueCon 2014 Keynote: What Makes a Great Developer Company? Why the time is now for the developer-driven business.

PowerInbox Aims To Transform Boring Static Email


But the power in PowerInbox – pardon the pun – comes into its own with the opening up of its APIs to developers and partners. Ideaspotting APIs email email technology PowerInboxEmail is dead. We’ve all heard that clarion call more than a few times.

#GlueCon 2013 Notes: 20 API Business Models – John Musser, Programmable Web

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20 API Business Models – John Musser, Programmable Web (@johnmusser). The question they get asked the most: “How do you make money with APIs?” ” Why to have APIs – many reasons. An API strategy is not an API business model. API as a Product. Partner opportunities. Secret #1: Who is the API for – this is a huge question. Private – your partners and customers. What is the API?

The Building Blocks for Location from Mapbox

Feld Thoughts

My partners and I have a massive founder crush on Eric Gundersen, the CEO of Mapbox. My partner Ryan McIntyre was introduced to Eric by another CEO we’ve backed, Zack Rosen of Pantheon. Mapbox is an API company, not a mapping company. The map simply was the output of the API. And, like the best API companies we’ve been involved in, such as Gnip (now part of Twitter), it was right at the intersection of our Glue theme and our Protocol theme.

How to Earn Money as an eBay Affiliate

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

One of the most popular and longstanding affiliate programs is eBay Partner Network (ePN), eBay’s in-house affiliate network. If you have more technical knowledge, you can create a more customizable experience for your visitors by using eBay’s API.

The Firewall Is Dead – What Can Businesses Do To Protect And Secure Their Brands?


Insecure APIs: As almost every cloud service and application now offers APIs, the security and availability of cloud services – from authentication to encryption and activity monitoring – naturally depends on the security of the said API.

This Week in VC with Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners

Both Sides of the Table

Our guest this week on #TWiVC was Dana Settle , partner at Greycroft Partners , a venture capital firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Current round: $35mm in Series C (extension of Series B at higher valuation) from General Atlantic, Matrix Partners.

Messing Around At The Fringe

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Play with their API’s and go deep in forums, even if there’s no investment in sight. Just as wading in the muck of cap tables and share purchase agreements is the best way for an analyst to learn the mechanics of venture investing, wading in code and API’s and forums is the best way to discover the things that others have not discovered yet. The partners at your firm benefit from having established networks that will pass along interesting, valuable opportunities.

Move fast: it’s your biggest competitive advantage

Version One Ventures

During the day, NFX partners shared their insights from having worked with dozens of businesses over the first 2 cohorts and one of the most interesting takeaways was hearing about how they try to help companies move faster. Internal APIs help in a big way to decouple teams, giving each team ownership over everything it builds. As Bezos pushed Amazon to do, every internal product should have an API, just as if it were developed for an external client.

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Introduction to Growth Hacking for Startups

VC Cafe

Growth Hackers create long tail landing pages that combine both editorial content, professionally written and automated content which is slotted to a template (using your own listings/APIs). It can be done in the form of apps, API usage or business development partnerships.

No Stack Startups


Historically there have always been services and APIs to string together capabilities. This obviously inverts the notion of user experience and even design (my partner Albert's great TEDx talk is all about inversions in fact).

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10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

I’m partnered with four great organizations to deliver the program. In addition, the leading experts in building entrepreneurial companies and regions, TechStars and Startup America are partnering with us in this endeavor.

Would You Outsource Your Startup to a SaaS?


The post asks if startups would be interested in a service that offered an API and other services to launch a startup. Clay Loveless Some of this is already available from prefinery.com -- specifically, the "Launch Page API" seems to describe what Prefinery already does, which is handy indeed.

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Your startup needs a pre-launch signup landing page

47 Hats

It’s about finding partners. Engage signups to find testers, partners, & complimentary ideas you never would have received if you held onto everything. Build your own site and use our viral API.

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One of the Biggest Mistakes Enterprise Startups Make

Both Sides of the Table

And you can’t use the API argument to get out of helping with integration. As in, “Well, as a tech firm we put tons of effort into APIs so that you can do your own integrations. Channel Partners Not Yet Formed. This article initially appeared on TechCrunch.

How The Cloud Is Reshaping Small Business Productivity And Profits

crowdSPRING Blog

Emergent Research partner Steve King commented on this change for Talkin’ Cloud : Today, the U.S. For example, social networking of payment service APIs are some of the most popular today.

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Interview with eFounders

Cracking the Code

Even in 2006, when I joined Bessemer Venture Partners, there was still a lot of skepticism in the Silicon Valley around SaaS (one of my first blog post in 2006 was titled: “W hy I disagree with Tony Zingale — CEO of Mercury Interactive — on the future of SaaS ").

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