Iddo Gino Of RapidAPI: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a Founder

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
Authority Magazine
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7 min readNov 3, 2021

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When you are passionate about what you are building, challenges are going to be painful and wins are going to be amazing. So, highs and lows are good — they mean you deeply care and are very invested in what you are building.

As part of our interview series called “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became A Founder”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Iddo Gino.

Iddo Gino is the Founder and CEO of RapidAPI. Part of Forbes 30 Under 30 list, he’s a 2017 Thiel Fellow. Previously, he was a Co-organizer of Hacking Gen Y. Iddo has been programming since he was a kid and continues to contribute to open-source projects.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I started my journey as a developer early in high school. I used a program called Flash to create web games (pretty basic games…) and wrote the code for them. I spent a lot of time online learning ActionScript and how to make the games actionable. Pretty quickly I was drawn into the world of software development. The idea that you can imagine anything and then just make it happen with code was magical to me. I realized this was a skill everyone should have and wanted to take part in getting more people into programming. To that end I co-founded a hackathon series, aimed at getting teenagers excited about programming and software development.

We organized dozens of events all over the world, from Tokyo to San Francisco, and were a huge success. From organizing the events themselves to recruiting partnerships, sponsorships, judges, and mentors, I got my first taste of founder life at a very early age.

The idea for RapidAPI also came from these hackathons. We quickly realized how powerful APIs are as building blocks for helping participants in the hackathons create amazing apps faster. The first iteration of RapidAPI was a bare-bone list of APIs to cater to people in the hackathons. It grew over time to become the marketplace it is today.

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