Today thirty two startups will take the stage at SXSW Accelerator to battle to be named the best. Last year's overall winner became the largest mashup acquisition ever when it was gobbled up by Apple a month later. Who will be the winner this year? Chances look good that it will have an API. Below are the finalists that are in our directory.
Next Big Sound is a website that measures the popularity of bands online by tracking things such as an artist's Facebook and Twitter fans and followers. The Next Big Sound API allows developers to access the data Next Big Sound gathers from social network websites and the statistics derived from that data and use it in their own applications.
Our ExFM API profile
Nimble is a online relationship management product. With it users can connect all their contacts, calendars, communications and social conversations. Nimble’s API enables users to extend the Nimble platform functionality by deploying custom applications, creating widgets, and leverage Nimble’s data in external applications. The API lets users integrate their application with all aspects of Nimble, from the contacts page to messages and the stream. The API is currently in beta and documentation is not available.
Teamly is a productivity tool that helps users focus on their top 5 priorities for the day, week and month. The API is in private beta and documentation is available by request. It uses RESTful protocol and responses are formatted in JSON.
Innovative Web Technologies
Smartling is a provider of real-time, crowdsourced translations for Internet based businesses. It's cloud-based software platform streamlines the localization of web & mobile applications through professional, crowdsourced or machine translation. The developer API enables an organization to specify exactly what content is translated, identify language-specific localization and design characteristics, and take advantage of many other custom features. Full documentation is not publicly available.
DocumentCloud helps journalists track documents. It is a repository, as well as a tool for document-based investigative reporting. The company compares its repository to a card catalog. DocumentCloud was built to "accelerate the work of reporters who need to make sense of large sets of documents."
The DocumentCloud API allows developers to create applications around DocumentCloud services. Authentication (HTTP Basic Auth) is not required for searching documents, but is required for everything else.
The Storify API allows developers to create their own applications containing Stofify stories. Developers can get any story in JSON format by appending '.json' to the end of any Storify permalink (Read API). Developers can also create applications that let users create new stories (Write API).
Did we miss anyone? Probably--let us know in the comments. There are also many finalists built on top of APIs. For the full list, check out the accelerator's website.