Huh? This is gross oversimplification of both APIs and the role of business development. The author somehow conflates deals with API integration. Not all deals (and not all deals are term sheets, whatever) result in APIs integration. Not all API integration coincides with business development activity.
I feel like people who deny the business model of app.net are trying to refute the existence and success of HBO. You don't need to operate at the scale of Facebook, Twitter or cable networks to be successful, mainly because your criteria for success are very different with a pay-for, ad-free product.
Moreover I don't need to be a victim of guns (sorry for referring to a lightning rod of an issue, but bare with me) to advocate gun control. Same way you don't have to be a developer victimized by Twitter and Facebook to think that there might be a better way.
And for the record, I did put my money where my mouth is.
My wife and I live in a ~300 square foot apartment in NYC, although we don't feel like we've got plenty of room, we never feel cramped either. Moreover, we often have people sleep over in our "living room". A lot of it is about light and how high your ceilings are.
I guess what I am saying is that the absolute minimum square footage you think you need is a malleable concept.
I like the idea, but I cannot imagine normals using it en masse. It seems so natural to those familiar with software engineering because it's basically a little language embedded into email conversations. For someone unfamiliar with computer science concepts like translation, languages, compilers, etc, it would be a formidable thing to learn and use.
I built this little app over the last few weekends. The idea was to help me to organize my thoughts for the different projects I was mulling over. I really feel like writing things down can be a great way to get to the essence of what it is you are trying to do and why.
This is just a simple realization of that idea. Implemented in Python using Heroku's Cedar stack.