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Kin Lane
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Attended School of Life
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As an API provider, you need to consider how consumers interact with your API. This article covers documentation-first approaches using an example template.
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Imagine an API client that can use the already-defined information from an API Blueprint to build a request—Apiary Blog
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Simple, Intuitive API Backends With HTTPHUB. 22 Jan 2015. I come across a lot of API related companies during my monitoring of the space, which I queue up, and as I have time, I work to explore and understand what they do. One company that I've had open in a tab for the last week is HTTPHUB.
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How Not To On-Board With An API. 21 Jan 2015. I wrote a piece earlier today about the kick-ass on-boarding process at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 3D Print Exchange API--within two clicks I had my API key and was making an API call. To contrast this post I wanted to provide an example ...
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The federal government collects an amazing amount of economic data. Several agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Treasury, and the Census Bureau collect economic data, ranging from the stock market activity to local business conditions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ...
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We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish, that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows' encrypted Web connections for the sake of advertising.
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The Smithsonian Institute's Cooper Hewitt design museum got a recent overhaul, and at its core is something app developers are likely pretty familiar wit
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A New 3D Print Exchange API from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 21 Jan 2015. There is an very interesting new 3D Print Exchange API from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH 3D Print Exchange is designed for publishing "biomedically-relevant" 3D models, that anyone can ...
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The Associated Press reports that healthcare.gov–the flagship site of the Affordable Care Act, where millions of Americans have signed up to receive health care–is quietly sending personal health information to a number of third party websites. The information being sent includes one's zip code, income level, smoking status, pregnancy status and more.
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  • API Voice
    API Evangelist, 2011 - present
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    API Evangelist, Technical Product Management, Technology Planning, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Social Networking, Marketing, 2010 - 2011
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I’ve been working in the technology space for over 20 years. I remember building my own relational databases, and generating stacks of floppy disks to distribute software to clients. After spending much of my career online, I strongly believe in the openness and distributed nature of the Internet, and that the World Wide Web will be the vehicle to deliver global change, but unfortunately I worry that not all this change will be for the better. 

I have lived as a programmer, database administrator, architect, product developer, manager and executive, with experience in business development, sales and marketing--all while living with chronic entrepreneurialism. In this decade I’ve rolled all that experience into a new persona, one that focuses exclusively on APIs--called the API Evangelist.

I spend my days studying the business and politics of the API and telling stories from the space. I thrive on monitoring the API industry in real-time, but also feel looking back at the history, as well as tracking on new trends that are emerging.

I’m a full time evangelist, not for a single API, but for APIs in general. My focus is not just on developers, but helping the rest of the world understand the value and potential of APIs.

You can follow my work on the business of APIs via apievangelist.com, the politics of APIs via apivoice.com and my personal thoughts on kinlane.com. I encourage engagement via Disqus on my blogs and via Twitter @KinLane.
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Presidential Innovation Fellow
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