By on May 11, 2018

The API Economy – The Why, What, and How


Kong is a proud member of the Andreessen Horowitz portfolio. As part of the a16z family, we are often invited to participate in exciting speaking opportunities. Kong’s CEO and Co-Founder, Augusto Marietti, had the pleasure of participating in a recent podcast, The API Economy – The Why, What, and How. The podcast’s guest panel included fellow a16z portfolio members Laura Behrens Wu, CEO of Shippo, and Cristina Cordova, Business Development and Partnerships at Stripe.

Stripe is building an infrastructure for the movement of money including payment processing; Shippo powers multi-carrier shipping for all kinds of commerce. Kong is the most popular open-source API microservice management platform.

Per a16z’s review of the conversation “APIs (application programming interfaces)….can be described as everything from Lego building blocks to Tetris to front doors to even veins in the human body. Because the defining property of APIs is that they’re ways to send and receive information between different parts, that is, communicate between software applications (which often map onto different organizational functions/services in a company too). APIs, therefore, give companies access to data and competencies they wouldn’t otherwise have — or better yet, that they no longer need — by letting even non-tech and small companies combine these building blocks to get exactly what they want.”

Ultimately, APIs enable companies to focus on their core competencies. The discussion further outlined ways organizations can optimize APIs for use by non-technical stakeholders, such as finance or operations. Additionally, the panel talked about APIs influencing and changing how companies originate. Perhaps a company is designed around an API first model?

Thank you a16z and Sonal Chokshi for hosting and moderating this discussion. To learn more about Kong’s API management platform register here for a demo or watch one of our on-demand webinars covering topics like Microservices, Serverless, Service Mesh, Kubernetes, and Kong Installation.