SoundCloud API Learnings @ Startup Weekend NYC 2011

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Here are the slides for the 10 min talk i did at startup weekend nyc 2011. Here's the audio http://soundcloud.com/henrik/eric-startup-weekend. Ask me questions regarding this talk here: http://eric.takesquestions.com/

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SoundCloud API Learnings @ Startup Weekend NYC 2011

  1. 1. SoundCloud API Learnings Eric Wahlforss CTO/SoundCloud Startup Weekend NYC 2011Saturday, April 16, 2011
  2. 2. What is an API?Saturday, April 16, 2011
  3. 3. What is an API? Application Programming Interface = PlatformSaturday, April 16, 2011
  4. 4. What is an API? Application Programming Interface = Platform ... two systems talking to each otherSaturday, April 16, 2011
  5. 5. What is an API? Application Programming Interface = Platform ... two systems talking to each other Facilitates exchange and manipulation of dataSaturday, April 16, 2011
  6. 6. What is an API? Application Programming Interface = Platform ... two systems talking to each other Facilitates exchange and manipulation of data Essential for the webSaturday, April 16, 2011
  7. 7. What is an API? Application Programming Interface = Platform ... two systems talking to each other Facilitates exchange and manipulation of data Essential for the web Adam Smith’s wet dreamSaturday, April 16, 2011
  8. 8. Hyper division of labour... Adam Smith (1723-1790)Saturday, April 16, 2011
  9. 9. Hyper division of labour... ... and a network economy Adam Smith (1723-1790)Saturday, April 16, 2011
  10. 10. Why API? Obvious and not-so-obvious reasons Inspired by http://strange.corante.com/2006/02/08/fowa-ten-reasons-why-you-need-to-build-an-api-shaun-inmanSaturday, April 16, 2011
  11. 11. Why API? Obvious and not-so-obvious reasons Allow people to use their own data... Inspired by http://strange.corante.com/2006/02/08/fowa-ten-reasons-why-you-need-to-build-an-api-shaun-inmanSaturday, April 16, 2011
  12. 12. Why API? Obvious and not-so-obvious reasons Allow people to use their own data... ... empower people–everybody loves talking about stuff that empowers them ... Inspired by http://strange.corante.com/2006/02/08/fowa-ten-reasons-why-you-need-to-build-an-api-shaun-inmanSaturday, April 16, 2011
  13. 13. Why API? Obvious and not-so-obvious reasons Allow people to use their own data... ... empower people–everybody loves talking about stuff that empowers them ... ... which spreads the word about your service Inspired by http://strange.corante.com/2006/02/08/fowa-ten-reasons-why-you-need-to-build-an-api-shaun-inmanSaturday, April 16, 2011
  14. 14. Why API? Obvious and not-so-obvious reasons Allow people to use their own data... ... empower people–everybody loves talking about stuff that empowers them ... ... which spreads the word about your service Developer community–the ultimate power users Inspired by http://strange.corante.com/2006/02/08/fowa-ten-reasons-why-you-need-to-build-an-api-shaun-inmanSaturday, April 16, 2011
  15. 15. Why API? Obvious and not-so-obvious reasons Allow people to use their own data... ... empower people–everybody loves talking about stuff that empowers them ... ... which spreads the word about your service Developer community–the ultimate power users Extend your application–solve niche use cases Inspired by http://strange.corante.com/2006/02/08/fowa-ten-reasons-why-you-need-to-build-an-api-shaun-inmanSaturday, April 16, 2011
  16. 16. Why API? Obvious and not-so-obvious reasons Allow people to use their own data... ... empower people–everybody loves talking about stuff that empowers them ... ... which spreads the word about your service Developer community–the ultimate power users Extend your application–solve niche use cases Conceptual clarity Inspired by http://strange.corante.com/2006/02/08/fowa-ten-reasons-why-you-need-to-build-an-api-shaun-inmanSaturday, April 16, 2011
  17. 17. And... It’s the essence of your service! Inspired by http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2010/08/the-new-api-movement-may.phpSaturday, April 16, 2011
  18. 18. Our API LearningsSaturday, April 16, 2011
  19. 19. KISSSaturday, April 16, 2011
  20. 20. People like new things!Saturday, April 16, 2011
  21. 21. Eat your own dogfoodSaturday, April 16, 2011
  22. 22. Once you launch you can’t change Inspired by http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2010/08/the-new-api-movement-may.phpSaturday, April 16, 2011
  23. 23. Don’t pay peopleSaturday, April 16, 2011
  24. 24. Write kick-ass docsSaturday, April 16, 2011
  25. 25. Engage the communitySaturday, April 16, 2011
  26. 26. Thanks! eric@soundcloud.com twitter.com/ericw Questions? eric.takesquestions.comSaturday, April 16, 2011
  27. 27. We’re hiring :) soundcloud.com/jobsSaturday, April 16, 2011

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