Food for thought

API Security – Buy or Bake?

It is not uncommon to see APIs being served using the “http://” protocol and it’s sad, real sad. So sad that every time I see it, I feel like crying. I remember going to a hackathon few months ago and the idea of a location based Tinder-like app for LinkedIn popped. The question of whether we would let people sniff data flowing through the ether was raised almost immediately. What if people could tap into your stream over insecure WiFi? The decision was easy. We would implement a secure layer which we would allow the app to communicate with...

More startups will essentially be “Data Startups”

Below is an excerpt from the Data2.0 newsletter article called 4 Trends in 2013 Data Innovation featuring DeveloperWeek winner Callinize 3. More startups will essentially be “Data Startups” – Callinize, the winner of our DeveloperWeek 2013 hackathon last February 1-3, is actually a mashup of 4-6 different data sources like Mashape, Salesforce, and RapLeaf. The end user might not know it, but the power of Callinize to grab intelligence on whoever is calling you (before you answer the phone) is based on the fact that Callinize is really a mashup of API’s. It’s a data startup. Across the landscape...

The inevitable pivot of Telcos: moving from land to the cloud.

Telco (telecommunication operators) companies have always been CSP (communication service providers) since the beginning. They started and created their power along the road by implanting the infrastructure to let people communicate easily from all over the world by just dialing a number on a machine called “telephone”. The Bell Telephone Company was founded in July, 1877. Long distance calls, at that time, were a dream. Later in 1885, Bell created the American Telephone and Telegraph company (AT&T)  to create a nationwide long-distance network with a commerically viable cost-structure. The mission was to reach the general masses. The first telephone line from...

Reid Hoffman’s 10 Rules for Entrepreneurs

Seek To Create Disruptive Change. Is this massive and different? Example: Skype Aim Big. It’s the same amount of blood, sweat and tears to build a small company to flip as a big one to change the world. Build A Network to Amplify Your Company. Your network is a store of distributed intelligence that can enable you. It’s important at the board and investor level and the rank and file. Plan for Both Good and Bad Luck. Opportunity will cross your path and you’ll have to pivot to reach it. Plan Bs are intuitively easier to plan for. Maintain...

Ikea vs. Apple

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The most inspiring sentence that a human has ever said.

“.. almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs...

The 11 rules of the HP Garage

The HP Garage is the famous birthplace of Silicon Valley where the company Hewlett-Packard (HP) was founded. Here’s the famous 11 rules that encapsulated the work ethos of Silicon Valley: Believe you can change the world. Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever. Know when to work alone and when to work together. Share – tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues. No politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage.) The customer defines a job well done. Radical ideas are not bad ideas. Invent different ways of working. Make a contribution every day. If it doesn’t contribute, it...

2000 vs. 2010 – What changed?

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A sense of simplicity even 30 years ago…

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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...