APIs

  • Twitter launches lower-cost subscription access to its data through new Premium APIs

    Twitter launches lower-cost subscription access to its data through new Premium APIs

    Twitter tried to mend its relationship with developers earlier this year with the launch of a new API platform which focused on streamlining APIs and the promise of additional tiers of access. Twitter said it would offer free APIs for testing ideas, self-serve access, as well as paid access for increased functionality, in addition to its enterprise APIs. Today, Twitter is delivering on its… Read More

  • Plaid delivers bank account integration to enterprise developers

    Plaid delivers bank account integration to enterprise developers

    Plaid, which is best known for helping financial services customers build applications with direct connections to their users’ bank accounts, announced today that they have released a new SDK to bring that same type of functionality to enterprise developers. “At a high level we are the middle layer between you and your bank,” Zach Perret, CEO at Plaid told TechCrunch. When… Read More

  • Years after crashing on Travis Kalanick’s couch, this founder has raised $18M for his startup, Mashape

    Years after crashing on Travis Kalanick’s couch, this founder has raised $18M for his startup, Mashape

    For Mashape CEO Augusto Marietti, the Silicon Valley dream is playing out as well as could be imagined. In 2009, Marietti and his co-founder Marco Palladino — who’d formed a software company in Milan a year earlier — learned of and were accepted into TechCrunch50, a pitch competition that has evolved into today’s giant TechCrunch Disrupt events. As the event… Read More

  • Currencycloud, maker of APIs for remittance startups, raises £20M led by GV

    Currencycloud, maker of APIs for remittance startups, raises £20M led by GV

    Another fintech startup has raised a growth round to tap into the estimated $25 trillion market for money transfers. London-based Currencycloud, which builds tools for payment companies to use by way of an API to enable remittances and money exchanges across borders, has raised £20 million ($25 million) in a Series D round of funding led by Google’s GV, its first fintech investment… Read More

  • IBM adds new API to quantum computing cloud service

    IBM adds new API to quantum computing cloud service

    IBM announced today that it was updating its Quantum Experience cloud with a new API that it hopes will increase the abilities of researchers and other interested parties to build more sophisticated applications with its experimental quantum computing system. Last May, IBM opened up its 5 qubit computer in its NY state labs to the public in the form of a cloud service. The hope was that by… Read More

  • Box unveils new set of developer tools

    Box unveils new set of developer tools

    Box decided early on it wanted to be a platform on top of which which developers can build applications using Box services. Today, it introduced several new tools designed to make it easier for developers to get up and running on the Box platform. Today’s announcement starts with a newly designed Box Developer Console. This is the place developers typically grab their API keys and… Read More

  • Payments startup Dwolla raises $6.85M more, debuts Access API

    Payments startup Dwolla raises $6.85M more, debuts Access API

    Some news today from Dwolla, the startup that competes with banks (but also works with them) to provide payments and money transfers with reduced fees by way of more efficient software. The company has raised another round of funding of $6.85 million, and at the same time it’s announcing the relaunch of its white-label API, which it is now calling Access API. The funding round was led… Read More

  • Looker expands beyond the confines of the application in its latest release

    Looker expands beyond the confines of the application in its latest release

    The application is where we traditionally tend to work with a piece of software, but with the increasing use of APIs, sometimes the application is just one way of interacting with the tool. Looker announced version 4 of its data visualization tool today with expanded ways to make use of the data beyond the interface itself. Sure, they updated the interface as part of today’s broad… Read More

  • Twilio’s Jeff Lawson says bots are overrated

    Twilio’s Jeff Lawson says bots are overrated

    In a wide-ranging interview with TechCrunch reporter Frederic Lardinois today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Twilio co-founder and CEO Jeff Lawson talked about the trials of going public, why paying attention to the stock price is unproductive, and how bots are overrated. It’s certainly interesting that the leader of one of the premiere communications companies today thinks bots… Read More

  • Okta extends identity management to APIs

    Okta extends identity management to APIs

    Okta announced it was bringing identity management to APIs today at its Oktane customer conference in Las Vegas. For a long time, Okta was about connecting people with cloud applications such as ServiceNow, Salesforce or Office 365. A couple of years ago, the company extended that capability to enable customers to control the devices where employees could access those cloud… Read More

  • The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction Crunch Network

    The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction

    The Oracle versus Google verdict set a positive precedent for the future of the API economy, but will it last? What is at stake if the decision is reversed? While on the surface Oracle versus Google might seem like a battle for profit between two tech giants, the implications are much more significant. This is a battle for interoperability and the merit-based making of entire markets. Read More

  • The API for absurdity Crunch Network

    The API for absurdity

    Every important technology goes through a hype cycle. You’ve probably seen the Gartner Hype Cycle diagram: inflated expectations, followed by despair and eventually a pragmatic understanding of the technology’s value. World-changing promises tend to turn into mundane reality — if they don’t fall off the roller coaster entirely. Read More

  • Big data and its developer fallout Crunch Network

    Big data and its developer fallout

    As the internet social turf wars continue to mature, the land grab is becoming much better understood. With a few companies controlling 95 percent of the social data, the internet is more closed and much more controlled than ever before. Read More

  • A modern-day Renaissance: APIs fuel a cultural shift in businesses Crunch Network

    A modern-day Renaissance: APIs fuel a cultural shift in businesses

    As software proliferates every corner of a business, IT is being crushed by demands from users who require applications and data to be always available and always connected. IT can no longer meet the demand by simply running faster on the hamster wheel. The new operating model requires IT to build reusable, self-service assets and infrastructure to avoid reinventing the wheel every time a… Read More

  • Ignorance almost killed our best shot at EMR interoperability Crunch Network

    Ignorance almost killed our best shot at EMR interoperability

    U.S. healthcare patients just dodged a bullet. In late May, misconceptions about APIs nearly led to the Joint Health IT Committee shooting down our best chance of universal electronic health records becoming a reality. The vote was 13-10; a close call — far too close. Read More

  • Talking to Uber about the three pillars of its API platform Crunch Network

    Talking to Uber about the three pillars of its API platform

    We believe three pillars are necessary for any developer platform: utility, revenue and distribution. Read More

  • Autodesk looks to future with investments in 3D robotic drones and IoT as a service

    Autodesk looks to future with investments in 3D robotic drones and IoT as a service

    When you think of Autodesk, you probably think of desktop software and traditional manufacturing, but the company is trying hard to change that perception, and today it announced the first three investments from its $100 million Forge Fund, which includes a 3D robotics drone company, an on-demand machine shop service and a platform for building smart connected Internet of Things devices… Read More

  • Demisto emerges from stealth with $6M Series A and smart bot to help automate security ops

    Demisto emerges from stealth with $6M Series A and smart bot to help automate security ops

    Demisto, a company founded by four security industry pros, emerged from stealth today with a pretty cool bot-driven security platform and $6 million in Series A. The round was led by Accel with participation from Cylance CEO Stuart McClure, Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey and Bluecoat President Mike Fey, all security industry veterans. What makes all of these companies so interested in Demisto is… Read More

  • The rise of APIs Crunch Network

    The rise of APIs

    It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the… Read More

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