by Jan Alvin Pabellon
Jan is the CPO of Smile. He has more than 10 years experience in Product Management. He was a Chief Technologist at DXC, a global Systems Integrator. Prior to that he was Head of Product at a venture funded Philippine fintech startup. He was also Director of Product Management at Oracle NetSuite, where he led product development and strategy for the Asia Pacific region. Jan holds a degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of the Philippines, and a Master’s Degree from the Asian Institute of Management. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
In this latest round of product enhancements this quarter, we are excited to announce that we have made great progress in providing you: greater worker coverage, greater data coverage, tools to more easily test the product, means to make it easier for your users to share their data with you.
We have been working hard to greatly enhance the value we are bringing to you, our customers and partners, in our commitment to being your trusted source for employment and income information that we hope will make you smile!
In this latest round of product enhancements this quarter, we are excited to announce that we have made great progress in providing you:
To start, we are releasing several new features, to greatly widen our coverage in the Philippines! We are now moving beyond just covering gig workers, to now include workers who have regular employment as well! This potentially gives you access to majority of the population in the Philippines of working age, as much as 65%! We achieve this by providing:
Greater Data Coverage
We are also going deep, with additional data points to expand data coverage. For your users, whether they are gig workers or employees, we can now allow you to retrieve their:
Its now easier than ever before to try out the Smile API, with the release of our new Developer Portal! The Smile API Developer Portal now allows anyone to sign up and try out the API. If you sign up, you will automatically get a set of API credentials (your API Key and Secret) to access the API in a sandbox environment. We also provide a working example of the Smile Wink Widget—so you can test how the data sharing and linking process works. To use it, we provide you example accounts that can be used in sandbox mode for you to be able to try the Widget by connecting a work account. We also provide a preview of the JSON payloads associated with the different users who connected their work account through the Wink Widget, showing data grouped by data points available from each data source. Once you are ready to start using Smile in production, you can easily book a call within the portal to initiate a request to get access to the API credentials you will then be able to use the API in production mode. In production mode, you can start using the Widget for actual live accounts, and also enable and preview the upload feature, where you can have users upload files containing their employment and income data. The developer portal is live now and is completely free to use.
We have also added a couple of ways to make it easier for your users to share their data with you. We have added a couple of tweaks to our Wink Widget and our API to do this including:
These are just some of the features we have added in this release. We have also tweaked in many places the performance and reliability of our API, the Wink Widget, and added improvements to the API structure itself to accommodate these new features.
We encourage you to try the Smile API today, and see how we can help you get trusted employment and income information from your users!
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