I read somewhere that the average company uses 100+ SaaS apps. Regardless of the specific number, it’s a lot. Like water molecules traveling through trees, rivers, and animals, pieces of data flow through these SaaS apps, powered by integrations. As users, we’ve gotten use to these integrations, but they take time to build.
This is where integration aggregators like Plaid come in. If you’re building a fintech startup, connect with the Plaid API and “boom!” your users can connect with 1000 banks. Think about the downstream impact of this on the fintech ecosystem.
Finch is a universal API for payroll and HR. Noyo is for connecting with insurance APIs. Use the Wearable API to connect with 300+ fitness devices and apps. Impala‘s API to book hotel rooms and Duffel to sell flights in your app. Rutter is an API to connect with e-commerce platforms. Seam has an API to connect with 1000s of smart home/building apps and devices (for hotels & apartments). API Deck is a unified API for SaaS apps to launch integrations faster with each other. Paragon is a dev solution for integrating your product w third party SaaS apps.
Even with integrations, a user may want to run more complex automation flows. That’s when they’ll use Zapier (I ran 1557 tasks this last month), Tray (if you do lots of branching), or Parabola (if you run loops).
Beyond aggregators & automators, here’s a few more APIs that recently peak my interest. Check and Puzzl help devs integrated payroll into their platforms. Eligible is for integrated insurance billing into a health startup. Patch is an API for managing climate impact. Mesh is for verifying professional licenses. Appruve is an identity API for Africa.