July 22, 2008
Interview with Promod Haque, Norwest Venture Partners: Apigee, the API Economy, and "Sticky Infrastructure"
In Part 2 of this 3 part series on the evolution of the API platform space, I spoke with Promod Haque of Norwest Venture Partners. His firm participated in Apigee’s recent $35 million round of funding, a company that makes an API platform. Some questions overlap between the interviews because I wanted to illuminate the similarities and differences in perspectives between an enterprise and an investor. Part 1 was Interview with Chet Kapoor, CEO of Apigee, on $35 Million Funding Round.
The emergence of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings as a foundation to build applications in a way that abstracts traditional middleware is proving to be a boon for developers in the age of the cloud. The challenge is that there is no such thing as a single cloud. The cloud actually consists of a mix of programmable platforms that lie both inside and out of the traditional enterprise. Apprenda wants to make it easier to invoke those cloud resources with the inclusion of an API that allows developers to dynamically scale resources in response to user traffic demands or a specific policy requirement within the PaaS environment.
Citrix-owned cloud software Podio is moving into a greater API platform approach this year, with new mobile SDKs and a greater focus on supporting third-party developers.