API Expertise and Specialisation

I spend a considerable amount of my time and grey cells at MotiveSense working with APIs that belongs to different genres namely accounting, payment, consumer services, B2B/B2C, hosting, analytics, social commerce, travel, logistics, eCommerce etc…

Here is ever growing list of 3rd party API experience:

Accounting/Financial

  • Quickbooks
  • Zoho

Analytics

  • Google Anlaytics
  • Mixpanel
  • Optimizely

Ads

  • Google AdWords
  • AdMob
  • InMobi
  • Amazon Product Advertising

Content Management Systems

  • Drupal
  • WordPress

Consumer Services

  • Dropbox
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Maps
  • Janrain
  • Google Oauth
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk

eCommerce

  • Jet.com
  • eBay
  • BigCommerce
  • Shopify
  • WooCommerce

Email

  • Mailchimp
  • GetResponse
  • Aweber
  • Amazon SES
  • SendGrid
  • Mailgun
  • Campaign Monitor

Hosting/Servers

  • Amazon S3
  • Amazon Glacier
  • cPanel

Inventory

  • Brightpearl

Geocoding & GeoIP

  • Google Maps Geocoding
  • MaxMind
  • ipinfo

Media

  • iTunes Search
  • Imgur
  • Medium
  • Flickr
  • Reddit

Payment

  • 2Checkout
  • Braintree
  • eWAY
  • Paypal
  • Stripe
  • RBS

Security

  • UK Police

Science

  • TED Talks
  • World Bank

Social Media

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn

Travel

  • TripAdvisor
  • Redbus

Video

  • Youtube
  • Vimeo

Note:

  1. The above list contains only the third party APIs that I had worked with and not the multitude of other custom developed APIs that I had designed and coded. 🙂
  2. This page is frequently updated. And if you need any help when it comes to API development, implementation or API design whether its a REST or a WSDL, feel free to contact me with your requirements.

Why it’s good to keep your mouth shut sometimes ?

A little bird was flying South for the winter. It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung and promptly dug him out and ate him!

Moral of the story: When you’re in deep shit, keep your mouth shut!

How Dumbos climb the corporate ladder ?

In the corporate world(big or small), you will find lots of imbeciles sitting at the top. You may have wondered how they had reached the top ?

I would like to explain the phenomena with the help of a management story…

Story:

It’s a fine sunny day in the forest and a lion is sitting outside his cave, lying lazily in the sun. Along comes a fox, out on a walk.

Fox: "Do you know the time, because my watch is broken"
Lion: "Oh, I can easily fix the watch for you"

Fox: "Hmm… But it’s a very complicated mechanism, and your big  claws  will only destroy it even more." Lion: "Oh no, give it to me, and it will be fixed"

Fox: "That’s ridiculous! Any fool knows that lazy lions with great claws cannot fix complicated watches     

Lion: "Sure they do, give it to me and it will be fixed"

The lion disappears into his cave, and after a while he comes back with  the watch which is running perfectly. The fox is impressed, and the lion continues to lie lazily in the sun, looking very pleased
with himself.

Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the lazy lion in the sun.

Wolf: "Can I come and watch TV tonight with you, because mine is broken"
Lion: "Oh, I can easily fix your TV for you"

Wolf: "You don’t expect me to believe such rubbish, do you? There is no way that a lazy lion with big claws can fix a complicated TV.

Lion: "No problem. Do you want to try it?"

The lion goes into his cave, and after a while comes back with a perfectly fixed TV. The wolf goes away happily and amazed.

Scene :

Inside the lion’s cave. In one corner are half a dozen small and intelligent looking rabbits who are busily doing very complicated work with very detailed instruments. In the other corner lies a huge lion
looking very pleased with himself.

Moral : IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY A MANAGER IS FAMOUS; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES.

Management Lesson in the context of the working world : IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY SOMEONE UNDESERVED IS PROMOTED; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES

What exactly makes Entrepreneurship so hard ?

Lack of a boss.

Period.

 

The lack of a higher authority to give you your next todo item is the single most-important factor that makes entrepreneurship so hard. In school, you have a clearly defined schedule and you have teachers who give you homework which provides something concrete to do everyday. Then they have exams, a definite end point of the whole yearly effort. In college, you have required classes, projects and exams that keep you sane and provide a safety net from being direction less.

Boss is always right, even if he is wrong

In corporate world, your boss sets your todo list. Most likely, every day when arrive at your desk and check your email you have something definite to do, failure of which is likely to annoy your boss. Day after day, the todo list keeps you busy, happy and gives a clear indication of progress.

But entrepreneurship is different. You have NO boss. Nobody would care if you are slacking a bit, nobody would care if you failed to meet your targets, no body would care if your performance is falling month after month. Being self-motivated over a period of years non-stop is hard. Unlike corporate world, you have to set your own agenda for every single day and you have to meet self-defined targets. What makes it even more dangerous that there is no-one (expect you) to notice that you failed to meet targets. There is no-one to do a review meeting or feedback session. It is just you!

That is what makes entrepreneurship so hard.

Article by Paras Chopra