Business and Politics of APIs

This summer its been 2 years since I started API Evangelist. API Evangelist started as my research project into the Business of APIs, and became a full time career.

While over the last two years I’ve worked for clients like Mimeo and CityGrid, my ultimate goal is to focus on studying the Business of APIs. So whenever I get the time, I study how popular APIs operate, and how they are transforming industries.

This month, I’m getting the opportunity to dive deeper into my research around different API business models, with the chance to look at the politics within specific API ecosystems.

While my research will always span the entire API sector, this round I’m going to study the approach of some of the most successful APIs:

I’m going to begin by analyzing the business and politics of Twitters API ecosystem, and as more funding comes through I’ll focus on the other APis. While studying each API I look at:

I organize all my research into a curation framework I’ve developed and will be generating:

Then making this work available across both and my new blog, which tends to focus on the politics of APIs including legal and other issues affecting developer ecosystems.

I feel pretty strongly that this new round of research will help me better understand the business and politics of APIs, produce rich research, stories and industry reports that I can make available--helping us all better understand this ever changing API economy.

If you'd like to get involved and fund any portion of this research, feel free to contact me.