Speaker Spotlight: Sanjay Kumar, Capital One
Test and Monitor | Posted September 12, 2018

Capital One is really re-defining what it means to be bank. Innovating not just as a banking company, but also as a technology company. Over the last few years Capital One has moved rapidly to adopt and deliver a completely new business model for the financial industry, with a heavy priority in humanizing information management with systems and people. This movement embraces APIs to foster a personable, innovative consumer-bank relationship.  Lucky for us, we had the chance to chat with Sanjay Kumar, Product Manager, Center of API Excellence at Capital One about his upcoming talk at SmartBear Connect 2018!

At SmartBear Connect, Sanjay is speaking about How Capital One Scaled API Design to Deliver New Products Faster. Check out our full interview below:

Without repeating your bio, what should attendees know about you?

My love and passion for APIs. I’ve worked with a variety of APIs throughout my career, both great ones and terrible ones. My experience spans from backend development, designing and delivering initiatives for Marriott’s central reservation system, shifting gears into the end-user perspective with interface design, and then moving toward designing and scaling APIs. So I speak to both the back-end and front-end challenges we all face.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? (I.e. your fav food/where are you from/ etc.)

Fun fact: I love Avant Garde rock music and am a little crazed over the music of Captain Beefheart.

What’s your SmartBear story? How long have you been using SmartBear tools?

I’ve used both SoapUI and Swagger Open Source Editor while at two different companies across my career.  While building the central reservation system with Marriott and then of course with our API Strategy at Capital One.

What is something that you’re excited about sharing with the community during your session?

Overcoming challenges for API excellence. In today’s world, designing APIs well so they’re always extensible can seem like a daunting task. The big challenge is to figure out how to overcome scaling design quality across thousands and thousands of developers. I’ll dig into that more in my talk, How Capital One Scaled API Design to Deliver New Products Faster.

Who do you think would most benefit from attending your talk?

Anyone looking to implement an API Strategy, particularly those looking to design and deploy across a number of different teams and business lines.  Whether you’re a developer seeking insights into designing a great API, a manager looking to streamline your team’s development, or an executive member facing the same challenge we once had of trying to standardize API design and quality across numerous teams and scale over time. 

What are you most looking forward to about SmartBear Connect?

Meeting people! I’m excited to hear everyone’s talks and learn what other teams are doing to innovate within their teams.


Check out more about Sanjay’s talk and the full SmartBear Connect Agenda here. Looking forward to seeing everyone in October!


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