Our Story: THE MAGIC HAPPEN
We were a brunch of friends (Meta-API's founders), trying to organize one weekend trip. We spent almost the entire weekend planning it: find the best accommodations (not too expensive and well located), book activities that satisfied everyone, plan where we gonna eat, etc.
Very frustrated by this experience, we started to imagine an app to help us organize our trip. An app that can consume data from websites like Airbnb, Booking, Kayak, TripAdvisor and allow us to apply our algorithm to fit our choices, without any influence or dark patterns from these platforms (I'm looking at you Booking). We start coding this app and aggregating data, focusing on travel. We did it: we succeeded in displaying, on one simple page, all the potential choices with the associated price. We even added our scoring based on the ration between the price and the time spent on the website.
After our first release, we chose to go further and expand this experience to restaurants, movie theaters, museums. We saw the almost infinite potential of connecting everything we want but with our own rules. Then we all know what happened in 2020: the pandemic forced us to switch the main use of the platform and focus on B2B. We started improving connections between tools and businesses processes, like a Zapier but with the same liberty that engaged us back in our weekend planning.
Now, we use the power and the abundance of APIs inside our daily tools to make these connections possible, easy to create. All this without losing our freedom to implement the algorithm we want to control our data.