Recently, PayPal announced its flexible payments API, called Adaptive Payments (which we scooped) gives developers full access to PayPal’s features, allowing them a lot more freedom in building applications, which includes the ability to accept and distribute payments.
PayPal is timing the official availability of these APIs with its PayPal X Innovate 2009 conference in November. According to PayPal, developer attendees will receive exclusive access to the new APIs that won’t be available to non-attendees until 2010. And PayPal will be unveiling its platform roadmap for the future, which should be interesting. We already got a little sneak preview of the PayPal’s future vision a few weeks ago.
Of course, it’s always helpful to see what developers can actually do with this new API to see it’s true power and connectivity. PayPal has been beta testing the new flexible payments platform with select developers over the past few months and it just so happens that two of testers are TechCrunch50 demopit companies.
FundRazr is a Facebook app that lets any individual, organizer or volunteer collect money on behalf of a social group, sports team, school club, charity, or campaign or. The startup is using PayPal’s Adaptive Payments API to process the transactions.
Lottay, another TechCrunch50 demopit company that is building its platform off of PayPal’s new API, lets you create an online gift that people can put money towards. Users can create gift pages on Lottay with detailed descriptions and pictures of a particular goal or gift and then friends can contribute to the site via PayPal.