Author: Augusto Marietti

5 tips to designing an API the Right Way

Everyone is building APIs these days. Most new apps/services have some kind of API, and almost every app uses at least one API. I was hacking on a project a couple of years back, and I remember one of the developers on the project mentioning that we should have an API. At that time, I thought he was crazy. We have not even launched the product, why would anyone want to use our API, let alone our App? Our app eventually failed, mostly the fault of ourselves. We out grew it, moved on to bigger and better ventures, but looking back,...

An open letter to API providers: Please stop fucking up the APIs ecosystem

Dear developers (API providers), Please stop fucking up your public APIs. Every week there is an API that is changing, being shut down, or malfunctioning. If this trend continues, we lose trust in using third party services via APIs, and we’ll just go back to the old way, and reinvent the wheel by ourself. Reliability and trust are the most important things for this ecosystem. We’re seeing an explosion of public APIs, so the trend is strong, but still fragile. “Next time someone asks me why I keep reinventing the wheel, it’s because the wheel does not work” This is what...

Kodak can save itself: launch a Print API

In January, the long time leader in the photo/camera industry filled for Chapter 11 and is shutting down many divisions to stay afloat for the bankruptcy. It’s even selling more than 1,100 digital image patents to cover their continuous quarterly loss. The company has around $5.1 billion in assets but $6.8 billion in debt. Yes, Eastman Kodak, the company that has invented the digital camera and handheld camera (among other things), files for bankruptcy after having innovated for more than 130 years. The company has been struggling recently, unable to adapt to an increasingly digital world. Since 2003, it has...

Mashape received $1.5M seed funding to become the App Store of APIs!

We are thrilled to announce $1.5M in seed funding from an impressive group of investors, both institutional and angels. The round was led by NEA, with a strong participation from Index Ventures. In addition Charles River Ventures and Ignition Partners have participated in the syndicate as well. At the same time, we also have some Angels who participated in the round, including Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Erik Rannala (Admob, Heroku, 99design), Russell Siegelman (KPCB and Microsoft) and Rick Webb (TheBarbarianGroup), amongst many. We can finally grow Mashape and provide better services for all our users. We’re moving from a “garage style”...

TNW Hackathon + Conference – A week after.

Wow, time flies! It has already been a week since the amazing TheNextWeb Hackathon and Conference. The TNW 2011 conference and hackathon took place last week. I spent 4 beautiful days in the beautiful city of Amsterdam; people there are very sociable and nice. Since we are traveling for work, we sometimes miss the chance to discover new places as we’re too focused on our job all day. Nonetheless, just as we were about to leave, we started missing the place, the new people we’ve met, and the unique atmosphere in the city. We’re glad that we’ve gained more knowledge to share...

HeyZap & AirBnB – 2 different approaches, 2 unique successes

I asked myself a question: What are the real magic pills that a geek entrepreneur should have to increase his chance to success? By observing two successful startups closely, I began to understand that, most of the time, it is a combination of several factors. I was lucky enough to get to know two successful start-ups and began to understand that the real power lies in their soul. One year ago, I slept in the AirBnb building for nearly 3 weeks, when they were just a company comprising of eight people. I also worked in their office/living room and...

The API market is taking a big shape

An Application Programming Interface (API) is a set of programming instructions and standards for accessing a Web based software application or web tool. Since we founded Mashape, “The first API Marketplace”, I thought it would be interesting to share some numbers and major players of this new API market. A bit of History API is a very old concept; but API in the cloud, accessible everywhere by anyone, the so called Open API, is a completely new story. In 2000, the first company that embraced this route was Ebay, pushing out some API to help power sellers. In 2002 came Amazon, and Salesforce in...

I need a VC (is it a mistake?)

Most of the times, founders think that they need VC money [mistake]. Do you really need money? There are plenty of companies that are doing very well, without any VC money. Depends on what you wanna do, depends on what is your REAL vision of your company, etc. We see numerous companies happy during angel and VC rounds (including us), but who knows that this is the most valuable road on a long term? It’s about 1 year that I wanna make a post in honor of “Peldi”, the founder of Balsamiq, a quick and simple wireframe tool to create...

Mashape got a Lemon! :)

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Mashape got Funding!

Hey World, We’re very excited to announce our First Angel Round funding.  Almost all startups have to pass over this step. So there is nothing surprising with that. But our story till now wasn’t so easy. Most of the time Americans don’t understand how harder is to achieve the same milestones if you are outside of this world, than in the USA, if you are just a little guy with a big dream 7000 miles away from San Francisco. You have to get into the network when nobody knows you. We grew up in Italy; it’s not the kind...