August 26, 2016
Single purpose API
Along with the growth of APIs in general has come the emergence of the API as a product. Many times a new startup is entirely an API. When the entire company is an API, you'd better choose the right API business model. When the API is the product, or the whole business, many times this means charging developers to use your API. It turns out, it's not just about how much you charge them, but how. This post will look at the many different ways that API-as-product companies are getting developers to pay for access.
It may seem like lately geo APIs and mashups are getting a lot of coverage here on ProgrammableWeb, and for due reason: the geo API providers have been busy. From the release of v3 of the Google Maps API to the release of Yahoo!'s Placemaker "geo-enrichment" platform, there has been a lot of activity on the mapping front in the last few weeks.