My New Mission: Everyone’s Personal API

Today I’m excited and humbled to announce I will be joining Uber as Product Manager for Uber API and Strategic Partnerships.

APIs create an ecosystem of shared success, move markets and change the world. But, of course, APIs alone are not enough; there also needs to be a deep respect for the Developers who invest their time and energy into implementing those APIs into their apps.

My hope is to continue having a great deal of empathy in the role because, like many of you, I’ve personally participated in many aspects of the developer ecosystem. Together we’ve been the anonymous face in the audience excited by the big platform announcements. We’ve been the outspoken critic of decisions that made things more difficult for developers. We’ve lobbied for a more open Internet by promoting Open Standards. We’ve been part of the day-to-day grind of implementing 3rd party APIs and building our own APIs and Developer Ecosystems. These experiences will help shape how we make things easier for implementers.

My role also involves Strategic Partnerships. I’ll be working on particularly large scale or novel 3rd party implementations. I hope these high-profile projects will both bring the power of Uber to more users as well as act as inspirational examples of what’s possible with the API. And don’t worry, one of my big missions is to use any custom integrations and partnerships to drive solutions that we’d make available to the entire ecosystem.

Uber is an incredibly exciting company sitting at the intersection of multiple trends including Mobile, the On-demand Economy and Big Data. The potential is big: to make our daily life more efficient, create jobs and help cities and towns to run more smoothly. The Uber API will play a key role in this opportunity.

While I can’t yet speak to specific plans, I want everyone who has ideas or feedback for any developer resources from Uber to drop me a line. I look forward to working with each and every one of you to build something amazing.

Now it’s time to get to the bar and celebrate. Who’s calling an Uber?


Originally published at chrissaad.com on April 9, 2015.