When I walkthrough the junkyard of startups, and business ideas in my mind, I can’t help but feel that much of my current success with API Evangelist has more to do with open ideas, than it does any other aspect. I have numerous startups under my belt, where I tried to capitalize on ideas I've had, ranging from selling wine online to real estate data, but nothing like what I'm doing now.
Do not get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of success along the way, but nothing that compares to the feelings of success I have with API Evangelist. Other than right place, and at right time, I cannot come up with much that is different from API Evangelist, and previous work—except the fact that API Evangelist is focused on opening up and freeing every idea that comes along.
This type of approach to business might not be right for everyone. I’m sure I’ve also passed up on some pretty lucrative opportunities to monetize around my ideas, but in the end, I mostly enjoy making enough money to get by, and generating as much positive exhaust around my ideas as I can. I'm not saying all business needs to think like this, but the more API-centric your business is, I think the more you have to consider the repercussions of locking up ideas vs. setting them free.