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November 21, 2010

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Mashape – API Marketplace for Cloud Services

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Mashape - Startup Featured on StartUpLift

Distribute, sell, manage or use any kind of service via API.

Target Audience: Developers, Geeks, Nerds.


Mashape is a frustration-free online marketplace for developers that want to distribute, sell or consume any kind of service via APIs. It provides APIs infrastructure and traction to any application or service that runs somewhere on a server.

Service providers and individual developers can instantly make an API available to their audience and get traction from day one, while third party developers can consume any software component listed on Mashape through a single interface.

Mashape considers itself to be the “App Store of Cloud Services”.

Mashape will be opening up to public in a few months. Right now, you can use invite code “startuplift” to sign up.


Feedback sought:

  • Go to mashape.com.
  • Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about?
  • What sticks out?
  • What do you find bothersome?
  • What do you like?
  • Give us any more feedback you might have.

Cash Award: 5 Feedback/Reviews Awarded $5 Each. No Awards Remaining.

       
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  1. [1]
    Jared
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    Points: 25
    Rank: Level 2
    Has Helped 1 Startups
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    Nov 21 2010
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    I have provided feedback on this site before. In lieu of providing a genuine feedback, I jumped directly to the…
     

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  2. [2]
    mashaper
    Nov 21 2010
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    Hi Jared,
    thanks for your feedback:

    – I’ll create sample services and link them in the Guide section tomorrow.
    – We were in the middle of a deployment, now the sign-up and the coupon “startuplift” should work perfectly. Sorry for the inconvenience 🙂
    – In the “Add Ons” section there’s just an “Api Limit” feature. It’s intended that there will be more services complementary to the API infrastructure of your component, for example an Analytics add on, etc. The next feature will be the “Billing” add on, so that developers can also sell what they distribute. We will also allow third party developers, like you, to create add ons for the community, that other developers can then use for their components.
    – More categories have been added.

    As soon as we have enough feedbacks on the PHP library, and we end the specification, we’ll release the Ruby library in a week.

    If you have any question or comment feel free to contact me at marco[at]mashape.com

    Thanks again!
    Marco

  3. [3]
    mashaper
    Nov 21 2010
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    I’ve answered to your feedback below. Thanks.

  4. [4]
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    Points: 225
    Rank: Level 5
    Has Helped 3 Startups
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    Nov 22 2010
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    Q: Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about?…
     

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  5. [5]
    zeke2100
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    Points: 10877
    Rank: Level 14
    Has Helped 216 Startups
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    Nov 22 2010
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    15 seconds on mashape.com What do I think site is about? It has a lot of references to…
     

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  6. [6]
    augusto
    Nov 23 2010
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    Thanks Mikrokode! We’re already working on your feedback and:

    have already fixed the upload part.
    making a 1 minute video in how it works

    Cheers,
    Augusto

  7. [7]
    augusto
    Nov 23 2010
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    Hey Zeke,
    well you’re right.

    -Thinking about a slogan that everybody can understand. But it need to have a sense of fun.

    – We can put a short description on GUIDE about what an API is

    Ciao
    A.

  8. [8]
    augusto
    Nov 23 2010
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    Hey, I replied below

  9. [9]
    Samuel Vega
    Nov 23 2010
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    To tell you the truth the page is too plain, it needs more color to attract more people. I think that having a more colorful homepage will make the site more interesting and make people want to stay and learn more about what the site has to offer. What I liked about the site was the easy access to the features it has, it’s easier for people who enter the site for the first time, so they wouldn’t get confused.

  10. [10]
    admin
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    Points: 5267
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 1062 Startups
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    Nov 24 2010
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    This submission has been awarded $5.
     

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  11. [11]
    admin
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    Points: 5267
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 1062 Startups
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    Nov 24 2010
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    $5 awarded to Jared.
     

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  12. [12]
    Dalia
    Nov 24 2010
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    Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about?
    The website allows to access different APIs and is an API marketplace. I could not understand initially whether it allows to generate your own API or simply provides access to other APIs available online.

    What sticks out?
    The website has a nice layout, but for me the immediate and most important element is the New York Times, bit.ly and other APIs floating in the lower part of the site. It immediately provides credibility to the website, and makes me wish to explore more.

    What do you find bothersome?
    I could not understand from the first glance whether the website is an API generation tool, or an easy way to access external APIs. There was a mention of API components which would suggest that this is a website for me as a website owner willing to make my API more visible, while on the other hand New York Times API suggests that it is for someone who is looking to access an API. I guess spending some more time would make it clear, but hey, I only had 15 seconds to figure that out :).

    What do you like?
    Overall feel of the website is easy, uncluttered and nice. I also liked the lower part with the featured APIs.

    Give us any more feedback you might have.
    You might target just one type of the user – either the one who is looking for an API, or the one who wishes to provide an API – and have the other possibility slightly downplayed. I would assume that there will be more users trying to use and find APIs, but of course it depends on your data. In this way you would make it easier to understand what the website is about. Good luck!

  13. [13]
    berlinda
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    Points: 250
    Rank: Level 5
    Has Helped 7 Startups
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    Nov 24 2010
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    I like the site. The information was easy to go through without a whole lot of researching to figure…
     

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  14. [14]
    augusto
    Nov 24 2010
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    Thanks Dalia! Great feedbacks!

    As every marketplace we’re in the middle of resolving the chicken/egg problem. We need to find developers that want to rise up the supply of our marketplace.

    Yeah we basically provide API to your service and push your API through the marketplace. From a consumer prospective, you can consume every API listed in Mashape with the same interface.

    Thanks
    Augusto

  15. [15]
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    Points: 225
    Rank: Level 5
    Has Helped 3 Startups
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    Nov 25 2010
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    Thanks Augusto. I will forward that money directly to Wikipedia [http://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=WMFJA1/EN&utm_source=2010_JA1_Banner3&utm_medium=sitenotice&utm_campaign=fridayOpening&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fnl.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FSpeciaal%3AZoeken]. Keep the good software running!…
     

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  16. [16]
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    Points: 225
    Rank: Level 5
    Has Helped 3 Startups
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    Nov 25 2010
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    Sorry, wrong thread...I apologize :P G.
     

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  17. [17]
    admin
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    Points: 5267
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 1062 Startups
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    Nov 28 2010
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    $5 awarded to Dalia.
     

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    kybocskay
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    Points: 1025
    Rank: Level 8
    Has Helped 24 Startups
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    Dec 14 2010
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    1)Spend no more than 15 seconds and what do you think its about? This site is about API marketing…
     

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    lyndzeb
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    Points: 1451
    Rank: Level 9
    Has Helped 30 Startups
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    Dec 14 2010
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    1. What do you think the site is about? I like the simplicity of the site. It…
     

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    CaseySwei
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    Points: 50
    Rank: Level 3
    Has Helped 2 Startups
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    Dec 14 2010
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    After spending 15 senconds on your site, here's what I have compiled.. •What sticks out to about…
     

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    mikib
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    Points: 1575
    Rank: Level 9
    Has Helped 38 Startups
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    Dec 15 2010
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    • The site deals with API marketing and a place you can API’s with others • The think that sticks out…
     

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    Sierra12346
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    Points: 3287
    Rank: Level 11
    Has Helped 64 Startups
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    Dec 16 2010
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    •Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about?…
     

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    StartUpLift
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    Points: 5267
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 1062 Startups
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    Dec 16 2010
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    $5 awarded to Sierra12346.
     

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  24. [24]
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    Points: 300
    Rank: Level 5
    Has Helped 8 Startups
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    Dec 17 2010
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    - What do you think the site is about? The site is clean and not overcrowded like…
     

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  25. [25]
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    Points: 151
    Rank: Level 5
    Has Helped 6 Startups
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    Dec 17 2010
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    •Go to mashape.com. step was executed •Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do…
     

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    prwriter2008
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    Points: 1200
    Rank: Level 8
    Has Helped 13 Startups
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    Dec 17 2010
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    1. Go to mashape.com. Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site…
     

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    Latasha
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    Points: 8628
    Rank: Level 13
    Has Helped 171 Startups
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    Dec 18 2010
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    Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about? This…
     

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  28. [28]
    Dec 18 2010
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    Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about? Just from the brief 15 seconds on the home page, I am assuming the site is some type of website or store front builder.

    What sticks out? To me, the visuals stick out immediately. It’s kind of a building block concept. It appears that you can build an API Marketplace in three easy steps.

    What do you find bothersome? Well, just looking at the website, I am under the assumption that I can build something in three easy steps. I place my cursor over 1, 2 and 3 and they are highlighted, but they do not go anywhere. It’s sort of deceiving to think that I can get somewhere by clicking the numbers, when in actuality, I cannot. In order to generate the API, I have to go back to the right hand corner, which is kind of a funny place to put it. I feel it should be the highlight of the website instead of the 1,2 and 3.

    What do you like? I think the initial impression is the website is visually stimulating. I think it appears inviting. I like the fact that there is an “faq” and a “contact” link on the front page.

    Feedback: Well, if I happened to stumble upon this website or received a link to the website, I would really have no clue what it was about. There is nothing recognizable to the average lay person (me). In order to find out what the site is about, I would need to actually click on Generate API.

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    missbecky101
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    Points: 25
    Rank: Level 2
    Has Helped 1 Startups
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    Dec 19 2010
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    After going to mashape.com and spending no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you…
     

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    melaniestuber
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    Points: 1150
    Rank: Level 8
    Has Helped 22 Startups
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    Dec 19 2010
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    •Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about?…
     

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    Points: 1502
    Rank: Level 9
    Has Helped 28 Startups
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    Dec 19 2010
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    1) Spend no more than 15 seconds on the home page. What do you think the site is about?…
     

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    StartUpLift
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    Points: 5267
    Rank: Level 12
    Has Helped 1062 Startups
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    Dec 20 2010
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    $5 awarded to melaniestuber.
     

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