Sunday, March 2, 2014

EU Companies Wanna Be Here, US Companies Wanna Be In Ireland

I’m spending a lot of time looking at the API landscape in Europe, trying to understand the companies behind some of the valuable API resources emerging from across the pond. It can be tough to determine the country of origin for many tech companies, for two reason:

  1. Many European companies want to look like they have a presence in San Francisco, to get the funding they need to take it to the next level
  2. US companies are establishing a European presence, specifically in Ireland to avoid some of the tax burden they experience in the US

I wonder what all this financial positioning will do to the global economy? Many companies proudly wave the flag of their origin company, but others do not. US corporations definitely do not have any allegiance to their country of origin.

It will be interesting to watch the Internet change the world, and how the money flows, especially when viewing it through the lens of the API economy.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Being Social Can Be About Code, Not Just Twitter or Facebook

I was looking through VersionEye today, a company that provides a notification system for software libraries. After I was done browsing the site I wanted to sign up and test drive, and when I visited their login page, it spoke my language.

In addition to the traditional signup form, VersionEye allows me to signup with the “social media account” of my choice, giving me the option with oAuth via Github or Bitbucket. I’m more Github than Bitbucket, but I like that VersionEye allows me to use either, and they acknowledges that both are “social”.

I use Github for just as many interactions as I do my Twitter and Facebook. Being social in 2014 is increasingly done via Github and Bitbucket, and often times doesn’t directly involve writing or reading of code, but one degree of separation, where we all build the code that drives the world wide web, in a very social way.

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