Jan Alvin Pabellon is the CPO of Smile API, an API-first service to allow employees to easily share their employment and income data with parties they trust. At Smile, Jan is responsible for product and marketing strategy, product development, and user experience.

Prior to Smile, he was a Chief Technologist at DXC, a global Systems Integrator. Previously he was also Director for Product Management at Oracle NetSuite where he led product strategy for the Asia Pacific region. Jan has consulted for and has also held senior management positions at several technology startups, software and systems integration, and technology consulting companies.

He is a certified Professional Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Master, holds an ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management, a degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of the Philippines, and a Master’s Degree from the Asian Institute of Management. Jan is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Building an API-First Product

Modern approaches to developing digital products and services require an API-first approach. In an API-first approach, APIs are no longer treated as an afterthought but as products in and of themselves. APIs, like any product, should have clearly identified user and use cases, solve a problem and deliver value, and have a life cycle that should be managed. This talk will go into our experience building an API-only product and the lessons and best practices we learned along the way.