Posts By: Bill Doerrfeld

Finnish Startups Advise API Practitioners on the API Stack: Pre-Helsinki Event Feature

How many organizations are adopting an API strategy in Helsinki? Quite a few — for one, Helsinki arguably is the most successful city in the world using open data, with an active developer portal (Dev.Hel.fi) enabling the creation of new applications on top of city data to promote participatory democracy. Read more

Ten New Breeds of Businesses That Have Emerged out of the API Economy

Unprecedented tech revolution often spawns brand new services and companies. As technological evolution opens new possibilities for humanity, is also leads to a flood of ideas and new business ventures never before possible. Now, as hyper-specialization occurs throughout the Internet, the API economy has become a macrocosm in its own right, spawning brand new types of adjunct companies. Read more

Automated Fact Checking: The Holy Grail of Political Communication

We are in the midst of a tech revolution. It seems machines are rapidly replacing and outsmarting humans in every arena; algorithms can now translate foreign languages in real-time, protect nuclear reactors in outer space — there’s even an API that translates your words into pirate-speak (FINALLY!) Yet, this year more than ever, one surprising limitation of technology will be outlined. Read more

Day in the Life of an API Developer Evangelist

Evangelist, advocate, community builder, whatever you want to call it, since Guy Kawasaki of Apple popularized the concept of “technology evangelism,” the role has become a staple addition for software outreach. New startups and corporations alike now often hire evangelists — a rather nebulous breed of employee between sales, marketing, engineering, and support. Read more

Instagram API and the Transient Nature of Public Social APIs

Instagram, the largest photo-only distribution social network, has exploded in usage. With 60 million photos uploaded every day, the app is now cemented as a major social entity.

Third party apps which tied into Instagram were a critical part of originally growing the platform. Read more