The afternoon sessions at the API Strategy and Practice conference included one focused on business models in an API centric world. The session featured talks on the Evolution of API Business Models, Market Driven API Business Models and Lessons learned from $0 to $1M API Revenue. One talk that caught my ear was by 3scale CMO Guillaume Balas discussing how to select the right business model.
Traditional media is going through a major upheaval at present, with paywalls proving an ineffective business model, Amazon chief Bezos buying the Washington Post, viral masters BuzzFeed promising to invest their revenue in investigate reporting, and Netflix overtaking traditional paid cable like HBO in revenue generation. At API Strategy and Practice, Kristin Calhoun from the Public Media Platform talks about how public media partners are using APIs to prepare for the changing landscape.
The API Strategy and Practice Conference begins in earnest today with a full schedule of keynote speeches and breakout sessions. Today’s morning session includes talks from Pamela Fox, Wynn Netherland, Peter Rexer and Daniel Jacobson. The session will be live streamed from 9:00am-11:00am PST. View the video below along with the schedule of speakers
ProgrammableWeb’s editor-in-chief David Berlind is off to London next week to chair the API Strategies track of the Apps World Conference. But before he heads off, he does a little expectation-setting for the day’s panel discussion and offers a few reasons (including an exclusive discount to ProgrammableWeb’s readers why it makes sense to attend.
Open APIs are upending the ecommerce business model and forcing developers to seek out more realtime tools to ensure a positive customer experience. Speaking with ProgrammableWeb at the recent API World conference in San Francisco, Tony*, a lead developer with an online retailer, discussed some of the unique impacts that face retail when using APIs to enhance content delivery.
The APIWorld and DataWeek events are currently taking place in San Francisco with a mix of API providers and developers, C-level enterprise representatives, and marketers all vying for attention. It is a mixed bag of attendance with over 4,000 participants expected, although the close proximity of the event to the timing of the API Strategy Conference being hosted at the end of the month, also in San Francisco, may be causing some lack of cohesion in the type of audience attending. Key themes include the growth of services aimed at supporting developers, the limited creativity of using realtime data and the slippery task of defining a viable API business model.
Of the many APIs we published this week, eight were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll illuminate those eight by throwing them into the spotlight. The eight included the Invisible Hand API. Invisible Hand, web browser add-on, is dedicated to informing the user of the cheapest price on millions of products ranging from flight discounts to tooth brushes. It does so by matching UPC, ISBN and EANs to products from the search box. Furthermore, it includes roughly 700 retailers and 600 Airlines and has saved users a breath taking one billin dollars since its inception. To learn more about the Invisible Hand API visit the Invisible Hand site as well as the Invisible Hand API blog post.
With so many TV shows and movies available online these days, it can be hard for viewers to find exactly what they are looking for. To make life easier for television watchers, Guidebox, a service that answers the question, “Where can I stream or purchase this?,” released a free API that lets developers integrate movie and TV episode search into websites and mobile apps.
Guidebox offers unified search API for video content. Tadaweb manipulates “small” data without having users write code. Plus: Nordic API conference starts September 18 in Stockholm, Urban Airship supports iOS 7, and 5 new APIs.
It’s a natural part of the API lifecycle for some to no longer be available. According to the ProgrammableWeb directory, about 13% of those that were once alive are now considered “deadpooled.” Of the companies tracked in the directory, Google tops the list with 33 discontinued APIs. However, it also has the most APIs. Percentage-wise, a handful of phone carriers seem most apt to kill APIs.