Apigee Adds to API Arsenal

Apigee has acquired startup Usergrid, which will boost operators' API offerings and allow developers to build mobile apps more efficiently

Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

January 18, 2012

2 Min Read
Apigee Adds to API Arsenal

Mobile application programming interface (API) vendor Apigee Corp. announced Wednesday it will acquire startup Usergrid, which provides developers with APIs tied to data and user management.

Usergrid CEO Ed Anuff, who will be joining Apigee's leadership team, says its cloud-based, mobile app backend server can reduce the cost of developing mobile apps by up to 80 percent.

"If you free up the developer to not worry about user management, they have more time to focus on the app they are building themselves and that leads to faster monetization, faster time to market and a nicer, cooler app more people adopt," adds Apigee CEO Chet Kapoor.

Terms of the deal were not discussed, but Kapoor says this is the first of many planned acquisitions for the eight-year-old company.

Why this matters
This acquisition is aimed at making app-building faster for developers and enterprises, but it could have some interesting implications for wireless operators. Apigee already works with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), helping them expose their network and billing APIs to attract developers to build for their networks. The addition of Usergrid's open-source software expands what they can offer developers from APIs such as location-based services and billing to include APIs like group formation, flexible data plans and content sharing between users, Anuff says.

"[Operators] provide their own core set of APIs that leverage their network services," he adds. "What this is going to do is round those out with a lot of the types of data services that the modern base of new developers need to customize their specific applications."

For more
Wireless operators such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless have been using newly opened Innovation Centers to show off their network APIs and entice developers to build for them. Here's how it's working out:

  • Photos: Inside Verizon's Developer Playground

  • AT&T App Enables Work/Play Divide

  • Vodafone Reaches Out to Silicon Valley

  • From AT&T Labs: A New(er) Network Vision

  • Battle of the Carrier Innovation Centers

  • AT&T's Dapper Den for App Developers

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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