3 Steps to Becoming an API Thought Leader

By Hannah Shain in All Things API, API Industry Trends Posted Nov 15, 2018

Do you have what it takes to be an API thought leader? These days everyone is claiming to be a thought leader in something. However, in the API Industry, it takes more than just a bunch of Twitter followers to make you worthy of the title. You need the knowledge and the skills to prove you are not a phony. Keep reading to reveal our tips.

Devour API Content

In order to become a source of knowledge, you have to understand it inside and out. Working with API integrations on the daily is helpful when it comes to understanding the functionality, but a thought leader needs to be on the next level.

Start reading thought-provoking industry blogs which talk about the future and emerging trends of APIs. Besides our own blog (don’t forget to sign up for blog updates), we also recommend Dzone for all things programming and Kin Lane, the API Evangelist. Even news sources can offer interesting resources on the industry...don’t be afraid to look outside the box.

Share Your Opinions

In order to establish yourself as a thought leader, you need to share your opinions with anyone who will listen. Lucky for you, we’re looking for API experts to contribute to our 2019 State of the API Integration Report! Every year we compile the most comprehensive breakdown of the industry’s trends and highlights by having people take our survey. Want to see what the outcome looks like? Download the 2018 report here.


Contribute to or Write a Blog

Thought leadership is often expressed best by sharing your opinions via a blog. Blogs allow you to express your opinions but with a comment section, you can start conversations with like-minded individuals and elaborate on your theories or collaborate.

Not everyone has time to start their own blog so another way to get your name out there is to contribute to a blog on someone else’s site. Let us know in the comments below if you’d like to write something for our blog, we always welcome guest bloggers!

Don’t forget to break up your message by adding visuals or even a video. If you’re talking about something complicated, visuals or video content can sometimes help the reader connect more and make your message more impactful.

Put it to Action

And there you have it! You’re well on your way to becoming an API thought leader now. Don’t forget to attribute Cloud Elements to your success when you get to the top for supplying you with these API resources.

The State of API Integration 2019 Report