Building a Happy New Years Voice Broadcasting App
Over lunch today we were talking about how we wanted to make a Twilio Voice app to ring in the New Year, and I wanted to make it something really social where people would feel more connected to the entire world after using it. Ambitious? Yeah. Impossible? Nope. So I built a Twilio app. Here’s how it works…
TO TRY IT OUT*415-483-1336
*you will get a phone call around 11:30pm PST
Step 1 – Call In and Leave Your Message for the World
The first step is to set up the file to handle incoming calls to my Twilio number.
Most Popular Twilio Blog Posts in 2009
It’s that time of year, where bloggers everywhere are celebrating their most popular and highly commented posts of the year and making sure newer readers know all about them. While this might drive readers a little crazy, for a company like ours that has grown so much in the past year it’s a great way to look back at how far we’ve come.
When every week feels like a month, and every month feels like a year, its easy to forget some of these gems.
Top 10 Blog Posts of 2009
Announcing $3.7M in Venture Capital Investment Raised
Today, we’re proud to announce that we have closed a round of funding, raising $3.7M to expand our product development, sales, and marketing efforts.
The round was lead by Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures, who will be joining our board of directors. Albert previously served as president of the popular link sharing service del.icio.us, and has founded 5 companies in his as experience as an entrepreneur.
And of course we’d be remiss not to mention our deep gratitude to family and friends for supporting us in reaching this important milestone. Here’s to ...
Catch Twilio at an Event in January 2010
2010 planning is underway, and there are several events in January where you’ll be able to find us attending, participating, speaking, and sponsoring. To keep tabs on where we’ll be, please check out the upcoming events calendar. We look forward to bringing you live video and blog coverage of these events, and if you are planning to attend please drop us a line so we can schedule time to meet for coffee or a meal. See you in January!
What’s in Store for January 2010
Enterprise Mashup Summit – Jan. 15th
Could 2010 be the year of the enterprise mashup? If so, it would be a great thing for Twilio developers looking to make an impact with business solutions built on cloud communications. Presentations and panels at this event will focus on the future of mashups in the enterprise, and we’re looking forward to hearing about how ...
Creating a Custom International Calling Card with Twilio
When I came downstairs this morning I was greeted by two bubbly and very sleep deprived Australians eager for some tea, and a chance to call Mum. My first thought – there’s a Twilio app for that (or there will be soon)!
Being in the Christmas sprint, I decided I’d quickly code up an application that would make it easy for them to call a U.S. number from the landline at our house or any local phone, and be forwarded to their mom’s, boyfriends, and other folks through a simple menu. 20 minutes later, we made our first call!
Setting Up the International “Calling Card”
Twilio doesn’t provide international phone numbers, but you can set up a U.S. number and have it forward to an international destination using the <Dial> verb. You don’t even need to use the REST API to make the outbound ...
Twilio Founders Discuss Cloud Telephony on the Web 2.0 Show
As Adam mentions, the topics covered include:
- Where the idea of the Twilio service came from
- How we remain connected and communicate with the Twilio development community
- Netbook Mondays, our weekly developer contest
- where we blog about the Twilio developer community
- How their LinkedIn Network for developers and helps devs stay in touch and get new business
- Our Google Map of Twilio Applications: Apps on a Map
- The various services they use to keep their business lean and agile
- Other great resources for entrepreneurs
- Startup Weekend
- the Lean Startup Blog by Eric Ries
Check out Episode #63 – Twilio: Telephony in the Cloud and let us know what else you’d like to know about Twilio – and thank you to Adam ...
Win a Trip to Present Your Twilio App at StartupCamp Telephony in Miami
Would you like the opportunity to present your Twilio-powered startup to investors, telecom thought leaders, and an audience of hardcore voice development geeks at this years ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami?
Show off what you've built, meet other cloud communications developers and bring more attention to what you've been working on at the first ever StartupCamp Telephony on January 21st.
UPDATE: Deadline to submit to present your startup is Monday, January 4th, 2010.
How It Works
StartupCamp Telephony, organized by Larry Lisser, has appointed a panel who will select 5
companies to present in Miami on January 20th. Winners will be
announced January 6th, and all submissions will receive press expsoure through TMCnet and other media outlets.
Who Can Submit?
Any startup company using Twilio to power some aspect of their business is welcome to submit to present. We will only be able to cover the cost ...
Video of Twilio Presenting at SF New Tech
Earlier this week, our CEO Jeff Lawson presented Twilio at SF New Tech, an event showcasing startups in the Bay Area. Each presenter has 5 minutes to demo, and 5 minutes for Q&A.
Pictures from the Event
Check out the SF New Tech Flickr pool for more pictures
To keep up with events where you can find us, making sure to check out our Upcoming Events.
Doug Read Builds a Wedding Guest Book with Twilio
When Doug Read got in touch with us to share his wedding guest book app, we were touched by the fact that he thought of us when making plans to launch a wedding website, and excited to see what he had come up with.
We won’t be linking to the site here, since it is live and somewhat personal, but we got the go ahead to show you some screen shots and Doug’s thoughts on building voice enabled applications on the Twilio Voice API.
How the Wedding Guest Book App Works
Other users and us
can go look at the transcribed messages later and play back the audio recording.
Interview with the Developer: Doug Read ...
Twilio Startup Weekend Challenges Ends 12/18
Over the past six weeks, we’ve seen over 20 new products integrate Twilio at Startup Weekend events across the country and beyond, and this weekend our challenge to participants comes to a close with the last location on the list: Israel.
Beginning Monday, testing and judging of the applications by out employees and judges panel will commence, and we will announce the winning team at the end of December. Until then we will work on featuring Startup Weekend contestants here on our blog.
The winning team will receive Netbooks for all its members!
What Is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend is 54 hour odyssey into the world of starting a company and building a working prototype of the company’s first product. The weekend’s adventures are intended to give potential entrepreneurs of a taste of what it would be like to found or work for a startup. Ideas are ...