MuleSoft has acquired ProgrammableWeb from Alcatel-Lucent. This is a way for Alcatel-Lucent to exit from the API market. MuleSoft is a data integration company that is considered a GitHub for APIs. MuleSoft will be integrating their APIhub into ProgrammableWeb’s API database. ProgrammableWeb now has a place where they can extend their API database to a community that can build out apps that use the APIhub platform.
ProgrammableWeb plans to maintain their blog and API database. They will remain an independent company. APIhub will be a place for developers to get support when integrating APIs. Developers can collaborate on the APIs similar to the way that GitHub operates.
Alcatel-Lucent bought Programmable Web in June 2010. Back then, Alcatel-Lucent was working on building a developer ecosystem, but these efforts ended up not being supported by upper management at the company.