MovingFast Tech Podcast #11: What do startup tech leaders need to know about APIs? Guest – Jason Harmon, CTO at

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An API, or Application Programming Interface, is a set of rules and protocols for building software and applications. It specifies how software components should interact and allows for communication between different systems.

Tech startups can use APIs in a variety of ways to expand their reach, improve their products and services, and increase their revenue. APIs enable startups to leverage the capabilities of other systems, services, and platforms to improve their own products and services, increase their distribution and revenue, and expand their ecosystem.

In this Moving Fast podcast, we interviewed Jason Harmon, the CTO from Stoplight is a fast-growing software company focused on helping companies Design, Document & Build APIs Faster and develop quality APIs with collaborative API-first design.

Jason answered in-depth questions about how APIs can be a boon for software startups, including:

  • Can an early startup benefit from platforms and tooling for design and development of APIs?
  •  What are the benefits (short term and long term) that a startup could expect from applying API platforms and toolsets?
  • What are some of the top trends specific to APIs and software development that you’re seeing?

Jason has spent the last decade focused on APIs and solving API problems,  As the CTO at Stoplight, he leads a talented team that’s specially equipped to develop tools to solve the software industry’s API design problems.

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