The trials and tribulations of the API economy

The Structure Show 2014

 

Zapier’s aim in life is to make third-party APIs — even crazy APIs — accessible to people who want to knit together their own “best-of-breed” apps suite. The startup was formed by University of Missouri buddies who decided it would be great to be able to take your own favorite apps and make them work together (wait for it) seamlessly. Now it’s got a few hundred integrations or “Zaps” available.

But that work comes with its headaches. Today’s guest, Zapier co-founder Bryan Helmig  admits that providing quality of service across disparate apps is tough and is one reason Zapier employees might be considered masochists.

Zapier co-founders  (left to right) Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig and Mike Knoop

Zapier co-founders (left to right) Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig and Mike Knoop

In theory you could do some nutty applications — say big payment comes in from Stripe will cue the disco ball drop in your home office. You get the picture. In theory, Zapier can make that all happen for you.

Other hot topics this week — Google’s foray into quantum computers — as in it may design and make its own. Remember when Google was a “search” company? Also,  Teradata’s acquisition of Think Big Analytics. Oh and the rebranding of Google Enterprise as Google for Work. This may seem sort a putting-lipstick-on-a-chicken kind of thing but is really worth a look.

 

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