Does anyone know of or have contacts for any companies that have products centered around Google’s APIs? We’re looking to potentially partner with a company on a product for Google+ and specifically on its “Circles”.
I’ve been reading a lot about people’s love of the Google+ Circles and have an existing product that would take them to the next level through the API (when released). I have read several comments on the net describing what users want Google to do to make them even better. What they are describing is our exact product. In fact, if Google implements these ideas they will be potentially violating our patent.
I’m open to suggestions and thanks for the help!
Any decent developer should be able to work with APIs, most of the google ones are pretty easy to pick up and run with. I don't think that is really your key concern when looking for a development partner.
Could I suggest instead you focus your search on development companies or individual developers who have had experience in things like:
There is a huge range of skills and experience required, focusing on "can they deal with the API" is not what you should be focusing on in my humble opinion (well maybe slightly biased opinion).
When it comes to your patent, you can defend it (if you have deep enough pockets to fight google) or develop something that is interesting to google to buy it. I would suggest doing the latter, if a VC or someone picks you up then the patent will be a good starting point and most will look on it favourably as they have the pockets to defend it.