37. APIs: why Uber uses Google Map‪s‬

business strategy product management tech terms explained Mar 10, 2021

You can login to Bumble with Facebook and Uber uses Google maps. This happens because Uber's servers are connected to Google via a special widget called the API.

In this podcast episode, Sophia Matveeva teaches what APIs are and how companies can use them to grow users and revenue. This is a great episode if you want to see an example of when tech strategy is also business strategy.

APIs are certainly not a concept that should be left to the techies alone.

Learning notes:

  • The server is like a brain: it is a processing organ. But, just as a brain needs sensory organs to give and receive information in the form of a mouth, eyes and ears, so does a server. The server's sensory organs are the APIs.
  • APIs are snippets of code that let you borrow another app's functionality or data, like Google Maps within Uber.
  • APIs can help companies grow their user base, make more money and collect more data about user behaviour. Deciding what APIs you product should have open is therefore both a business and a technical decision.

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