I’ve always believed that improving tooling and basic infrastructure is an incredibly valuable way to spend time. Some of the companies I admire most – GitHub, Stripe and Twilio – are founded on these principles. By improving basic building blocks, you can enable a whole new generation of companies to innovate.
To take one example, combine three APIs - Google Maps, Twilio and Braintree - and you enable a company like Uber. Clearly there’s a lot more to Uber but I think it’s safe to say they would have struggled building out all three APIs at the same time as bootstrapping a driver marketplace. Infrastructure is crucial for innovation.
Which brings me neatly onto what I’ve been working on for the last year - Clearbit. For most businesses getting quality and accurate data is incredibly painful. Often it means relying on APIs designed before the modern web was even conceived, or...
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