This week on Product Love, I sat down with Ben Golden, the director of product management at Stream. Stream powers activity feeds and chat for more than 500 million end-users. Ben and I talked extensively about APIs, and how they affect the way we develop products.

Ben likened APIs to Legos. Legos have that signature circle block that enables other Legos to connect to each other, and build something amazing. APIs are the same way. It opens the opportunity to allow software to be much more than it could be.

It makes sense, though. As we build more and products, the more we’re able to leverage the things that people have learned before us. APIs allow us to take existing software as building blocks.

In this episode, we talked about the importance of APIs, deprecation, and how the pandemic has affected Stream. Check out the episode above, as well as the transcript and highlights.

About the Author

Eric Boduch is the chief evangelist for Pendo. Previously, he served as the CEO of Brainstorm SMS Technologies LLC (dba SMaSh, Inc.) and was the co-founder and CEO of several other companies. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science from The School of Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is a graduate of its Executive Management Program.