It will be two years this summer, since I first started API Evangelist. I was looking to evolve my career, and I knew APIs was the space I wanted to focus on. Then in July 2010 I started analyzing the top 250+ APIs, quickly identifying that there were very few people focusing on the Business of APIs--I smelled an opportunity.
Two years later I am still very focused on the Business of APIs and the study of API Evangelism, but I see a new area I would like to track on as well, the Politics of APIs. There is a lot of overlap with the Business of APIs, but I will be paying more attention to:
- Developers - Developers are one of the most important ingredients in a successful API as well as healthy API industry across all sectors.
- Access - Make sure we understand distinctions between private, public and “open” APIs, and public and open APIs remain as accessible as possible.
- Regulation - Understand the government role in the API economy, and the legal issues around APIs.
In 2 years of studying the Business of APIs I see a need for more discussion around developers, their access to APIs and the legal aspecs of deploying and consuming APIs. Similar to how I started API Evangelist, I’m picking a target to study--instead of the top 250+ APIs, I’m picking the top 5 API providers:
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