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  • Why app development is going micro Crunch Network

    Why app development is going micro

    Application development has long been fraught with peril: Projects become bloated, expensive and never ship. The “micro” trend in application development is focused on delivering bottoms-up, simple solutions to complex problems. Micro services, apps and flows offer a new way to weave existing systems in novel, organic ways in order to deliver solutions immediately. Read More

  • Why it’s so easy to ignore your to-do list app but get distracted by Twitter Crunch Network

    Why it’s so easy to ignore your to-do list app but get distracted by Twitter

    I’ve spent the past month in a daze, trying to make sense of my own tasks and responsibilities while forcing myself to adhere to a system I came up with that simply doesn’t work. You can never anticipate how your “perfectly designed” task-management system can fail. It’s our own nature — we’re so sure of ourselves — that makes us think our idea… Read More

  • Zapier Opens Its Developer Platform, Gives The Everyday Joe A Way To Connect APIs

    Zapier Opens Its Developer Platform, Gives The Everyday Joe A Way To Connect APIs

    Zapier, a platform for connecting apps to automate tasks, has been constrained to some extent by the limitations for integrating third-party services. That has changed with Zapier’s update to its developer platform that the company announced this week. The change is noteworthy for, if nothing else, how it opens systems so apps can talk to each other and data can be exchanged to enable… Read More

  • Data Extraction Made Easy With Import.Io

    Import.io Turns Web Pages Into Spreadsheets For Getting Out The Data That Matters Most

    Import.io participated in the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt to show off its service, which makes data from a website more accessible by turning pages into spreadsheets for pulling relevant information. Chief Data Officer Andrew Fogg explained that web pages are designed for humans to read. But machines need other ways to understand information. Using Import.io, the data can be… Read More

  • Speed And Automating The Connections Between Humans And Machines In The API Economy

    Speed And Automating The Connections Between Humans And Machines In The API Economy

    This coming Friday night, I’ll be at the API Days conference in San Francisco to talk for a few minutes about my perspectives of the API economy. I am not a developer — just an observer — so my views are not deeply technical. That just means I have to ask more questions and talk to more people about APIs and what they represent. But then I have to simmer it down, collect… Read More

  • Zapier Launches API-Monitoring Service To Catch Issues And Outages

    Zapier Launches API-Monitoring Service To Catch Issues And Outages

    Zapier, a service that automates tasks between online services, has launched a tool that monitors 200 APIs, sometimes catching an outage before the provider does. The new tool monitors the uptime and downtime of every API on Zapier. It is designed to monitor the realtime status of popular web APIs and their impact on customers that use the Zapier service or just want a good resource to… Read More

  • Resolving Co-Founder Disputes Crunch Network

    Resolving Co-Founder Disputes

    Editor’s note: Mike Knoop is co-founder of Zapier. In the summer 2012 batch, one in four Y Combinator companies lost a founder. It’s not hard to conclude that startup co-founder disputes are universal. They range from the big decisions (What should our product do? Should we hire? Should we raise capital?) to the small (What should you work on today? What should the blog design… Read More

  • Zapier Raises $1.2M Seed Round From Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson & Others

    Zapier Raises $1.2M Seed Round From Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson & Others

    Zapier, the Y Combinator-backed IFTTT for business users, just announced that it has raised a $1.2 million seed round from Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Wufoo co-founder Kevin Hale and a number of other angel investors. The company plans to use this additional investment to continue the development of its core platform and to expand its developer platform. In… Read More