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At first, the phrase "my API is my Product" seems misleading. An API is a way to deliver a product, rather than the product itself, right? The term designates a "set of programming instructions designed to access an app." Period. We're talking about a means, rather than an end. That's why there are so many different products relying on APIs: Twilio for phone, Mailjet for email, Google Maps for maps, etc.
Read-it-later service Instapaper has released what it's calling a "full API." With it, developers using the Instapaper API can create applications that both write to and read from the service. The full API is free to developers, but only paying users can read from their Instapaper account using third-party tools.
Developer skills continue to be in short supply. This is increasing the demand amongst enterprise API providers to source developer teams that can build proprietary mobile apps for them. Businesses that have a commercial app idea - but not the technical skills - are also constantly looking for start date ready development companies to build their products for them. Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) platform StackMob is hoping their Service Partner Program will be the matchmaker between business clients and development agencies. Vice President of Business Development at StackMob, Kumi Walker, spoke to ProgrammableWeb about the referral marketplace.