ProgrammableWeb Joins Alcatel-Lucent

John Musser, June 29th, 2010

ProgrammableWeb has seen many notable milestones since our inception five years ago. We were excited when the repository of APIs grew to 100 entries (now over 2000), when the count of mashups hit 500 (now nearly 5000), and seeing the myriad of ways open APIs have become such a phenomenon. And now today we are excited to say that ProgrammableWeb itself is entering a new phase of growth with the announcement of our acquisition by Alcatel-Lucent.

This milestone is a great opportunity for ProgrammableWeb and our community to work with a global organization who gets what open APIs are about, who value the independence of ProgrammableWeb, and who want to grow the open API ecosystem both in the world of telecommunications and beyond. In the end this step will bring PW to a whole new level in terms of fulfilling our mission to be the go-to place for open API developers.

What does this mean for the future of ProgrammableWeb? In addition to remaining the independent home to APIs, this partnership gives us the resources to scale by delivering more timely and focused coverage, expanding our directory, and adding new services for developers. By joining with Alcatel-Lucent we are part of an organization with a compelling vision to be a bridge between developers, enterprises, and service providers, which neatly fits our long-term strategy.

And we want to thank our readers and the thousands of developers who’ve helped build our unique community. It’s the passion and innovation of mashup developers, who show us what’s possible with open APIs, that has been our inspiration. And many thanks to our writers and team behind the scenes who have been so instrumental to our success. Here’s to the next phase of the programmable web!

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18 Responses to “ProgrammableWeb Joins Alcatel-Lucent”

June 29th, 2010
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Comment by: DeWitt Clinton

Congrats, John!

June 29th, 2010
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Comment by: Clay Loveless

Congratulations, John! You and the rest of Team ProgrammableWeb (AND Team Musser!) deserve this. Looking forward to watching the next stage of PW’s evolution!

June 29th, 2010
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Comment by: Raymond Yee

John — A big hearty congratulations on the news. That’s so exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing where you take PW in this next phase.

June 29th, 2010
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Comment by: Coté's People Over Process » Transforming telcos to an “app economy” – Alcatel-Lucent Buys ProgrammableWeb – Quick Analysis

[...] John Musser speaks to ProgramableWeb’s future: ” In addition to remaining the independent home to APIs, this partnership gives us the resources to scale by delivering more timely and focused coverage, expanding our directory, and adding new services for developers. By joining with Alcatel-Lucent we are part of an organization with a compelling vision to be a bridge between developers, enterprises, and service providers, which neatly fits our long-term strategy.” [...]

June 29th, 2010
at 2:07 pm
Comment by: Programmable Web Acquired by Alcatel-Lucent

[...] was just reading on the Programmable Web blog that they were acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.  Not sure what this means for their content and [...]

June 29th, 2010
at 3:50 pm
Comment by: Todd

Congrats, I guess.

Worrisome, since Alcatel-Lucent supplies all the carriers with their switching and traffic shaping hardware…

Meaning the end of Programmable Web posts on any mash-ups making use of Bit Torrent, Skype, etc.?

:/

June 29th, 2010
at 4:41 pm
Comment by: John Musser

Thanks all for the positive feedback! This gives us a great opportunity to take PW to a new level.

June 29th, 2010
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Comment by: John Musser

@Todd, PW will continue to independently provide the same coverage of APIs, mashups and news of all stripes, just as we have in the past. Even more so.

June 29th, 2010
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Comment by: Andrew Bidochko

Congrats, John! Looks like next 5 years are really promising for Programmable Web considering a new journey with Alcatel!

June 30th, 2010
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Comment by: links for 2010-06-29 « Lelapin’s Weblog

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June 30th, 2010
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Comment by: Petra Palmer

Congrats, John! Nice!!

June 30th, 2010
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June 30th, 2010
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[...] in 2005, ProgrammableWeb has built a directory of over 2,000 APIs, from 100. But the site is more than just a repository — it has over 5,000 [...]

July 4th, 2010
at 10:26 am
Comment by: Steven Willmott

Congratulations John – sounds great indeed and looking forward to new developments – great!

July 12th, 2010
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September 1st, 2010
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September 6th, 2010
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Comment by: CiCi

Brilliant strategy from A-Lu to acquire programmableweb and openplug, with there new phone coming out in a few months, My IC Phone. They now have access to a large developers community and and application which gives developers the ability to have ‘One code’ and easily port business and communication apps to all communication devices including their sets in ‘IP-PBX’ environment

September 7th, 2010
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