October 15, 2018
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Startups need to build quickly and iterate quicker. That means not re-inventing the wheel -- whenever possible. Just 5 years ago, people were asking why would you use an API? This has quickly turned to why wouldn't you! Since March 2007 there are 14 times as many APIs listed on the ProgrammableWeb site. And the growth rate is accelerating. API listings on ProgrammableWeb have exploded this year so far, doubling the same period last year, and about four times the same period in 2010 (see chart below).
At the beginning of 2011 we reported that Collect had decided to drop it's API in order to change their offering to something more profitable. But now ReadWriteWeb have reported the disappointing demise of Collecta. This has the potential of being the first big failure of a well funded real-time web focused company, so questions need to be asked about why this happened and why Collecta weren't successful. Back in January of this year we asked "Is It Finally the End for Real-time Search Engines?" and it now looks like that very question is being raised again.
Billing clients and managing invoices and payments is time consuming and probably not the most enjoyable part of running a business. Pancake is a self-hosted online business suite that makes the whole process a lot easier. This application allows users to invoice clients online, manage projects from proposal to completion and more. Pancake provides the Pancake API that allows users to access this functionality through HTML.