This 18-year-old just raised $3.5 million to help developers easily add capabilities to their apps

This 18-year-old just raised $3.5 million to help developers easily add capabilities to their apps
This 18-year-old just raised $3.5 million to help developers easily add capabilities to their apps

a two-year-old, San francisco-based startup that enables developers to find, test, and manage many of the APIs they want to integrate into their apps, has raised $3.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by Martin Casado at Andreessen Horowitz, with participation form FundersClub, SVV Angel, Green Bay Advisors, and 500 Startups, whose accelerator program it recently passed through.

The company is interesting for numerouse reasons – not least of them its founder, Iddo Gino, and 18-year-old who was a high school senior in Haifa, Israel last year when he was discovered, so to speak. It happened at a local hackathon, where Gino caught the attention of Dov Moran. The renowed Israeli angel investor provided Gino with some early mentorship, as well as $250,000 in seed money that Gino – who studied briefly at the public research institute Technion – used to move to the U.S. in January.

Of course, RapidAPI’s mission – to enabl developers to access and easily use pulbicly available APIs in a way that allows them to eamlessly communicate 0 is obviously of great interest to investors, too.

Gino likens these functional blocks that can be woven toghether, to pieces of plumbing, saying, Each company has its own language. So a developer tries to learn how Facebook speaks then uses a dictionary to translate it back to English. And he or she has to do this every time with every company and sometimes even acroos one company’s different divisions. RapidAPI has meanwhile created what are essentially big repostories of translator units, so we don’t need an API company to change anything. We take care of turning everything into a single language.

Indeed, among the trends on which RapidAPI is capitalizing are so-called micro services, where instead of creating hard-to-maintain software, companies are take their existing software and infastructure and turning it into APIs.

Amazon has famously ben focused on this issue for the last 14 years, expressly so its different teams could communicate with each other through these interfaces. Then again, jeff Bezos tends to be ahead of the pack. At most companies, APIs have sprung up in a more willy-nilly fashion, where one team within a comapny might be working on a chat service, another on image uplods and cropping, and a third on service management, but none of the APIs they have developed are particularly adept at working together.

At eBay, for example, hundred of APis had been created over time with different standards and protocols – all of which were speaking very difficult languages that made it difficult for them to talk with one another.

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