Mark Boyd

Mark Boyd is a writer and API industry analyst, who contributes regularly to a number of key industry journals. He has chaired several API conferences and published a number of ebooks on the API lifecycle, best practices for API adoption, and API uptake in industry verticals. As founder of the API-focused startup, Platformable, he regularly conducts industry research, supports API providers to grow into platform businesses, and manages data-driven projects that draw on open data and proprietary sources. With a public health and urban planning background, Mark is especially interested in how APIs can help local governments transform into a city-as-a-platform model and how to leverage APIs to reduce unequal access to the resources needed for healthy living and community participation.

By Mark Boyd


Considering Open APIs for Digital Finance? 5 Things You Need to Know

APIs are at the heart of many innovations in fintech. Over the past four years, CGAP has supported several financial services providers on their journey to open APIs. Here are our top five lessons for providers that are thinking about opening APIs.

Beyond Hackathons: Reaching Developers with Your Digital Finance APIs

Hackathons aren't the only way for a digital financial services provider to engage third parties with its open APIs.

Customers Want Data Protection: How Can Open API Providers Deliver?

Open APIs can benefit digital financial services providers and low-income customers alike, but they pose data protection and privacy challenges. Here are some tips on how providers can address those challenges.

Digital Finance APIs Come with Risks – Here’s One Way to Manage Them

Digital financial services providers can manage risks associated with open APIs by adopting standardized legal contracts with partners and third parties. Here are six key issues that a contract should clarify, along with a contract template.

How Paystack’s APIs Are Enabling Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Paystack's open APIs for digital payments are helping thousands of African companies to launch new business models and deepen customer relationships.