Tampa's First StartupWeekend A Huge Success

Over 100 attendees participated in the the first ever StartupWeekend Tampa this past weekend. Tampa has always been an entrepreneurial city so it was no surprise that interest in something like StartupWeekend would be so intense. Susie Steiner, Ryan Sullivan and Kim Randall did a phenomenal job organizing and coordinating everything and the end result was a raging success. How it worked After some explanation of the… Read More

Business Owners: Reach Your Customers Instantly With Textingly

Textingly is a text message marketing service that helps small businesses send text messages to their customers via the web. Textingly handles message delivery on both outbound and inbound text messages, contact list management, and reporting. It is all opt-in and consumers scan start, pause, or stop the messages at any time. We caught up with Greg Reitman, Director of Marketing at Textingly, to learn how they… Read More

New Developer Contest: Power Up Conferencing with Twilio

It’s easy to create simple conference calls using Twilio’s <Conference> verb. For this week’s developer contest, we’d like to see how you could take conferencing to the next level. For example, Bridg.me used Twilio to create “impossibly simple conference calling”—just add a meeting in your Google Calendar and all the participants get called automatically when it’s time for the conference, no need to remember conference PIN… Read More

New Developer Contest: Power Up Conferencing with Twilio

It’s easy to create simple conference calls using Twilio’s <Conference> verb. For this week’s developer contest, we’d like to see how you could take conferencing to the next level. For example, Bridg.me used Twilio to create “impossibly simple conference calling”—just add a meeting in your Google Calendar and all the participants get called automatically when it’s time for the conference, no need to remember conference PIN… Read More

How To Create a Simple Phone Menu Using Twilio Twimlets

Let’s create a simple phone menu to greet callers and forward the call to the right person using Twimlets, small web applications that implement voice functionality. Since Twimlets are stateless and all the required data is stored in the URL parameters, you won’t need to host this anywhere. All you need to start is a Twilio account. Since it’s possible to nest Twimlets within each other, we can… Read More

Upcoming Events: Dallas, Chicago, and Milwaukee

While this is pretty short notice, we have a trio of events that may be of interest. First, this weekend July 8-9, I am attending Dallas Drupal Days to talk on a pair of subjects. The first is the new VoIP Drupal module for Drupal 6. Here’s the synopsis: We are building a highly innovative framework to integrate Drupal sites with touchtone phones and Internet-telephony systems… Read More

Chad Smith Wins our OpenVBX Contest With His Stripe Payments Plugin

Getting paid, to many it’s a forte; to others, it’s the essence of business—making things people want and then charging money for it. But as important as it is, handling payments has never been as easy as it should be. For our OpenVBX developer contest, Chad Smith (no, not the drummer), created a plugin that hopes to change that. Using the Stripe Payments API, Chad’s plugin… Read More

Chat With Your Customers Instantly With SnapEngage

SnapEngage is a live chat web service that allows business owners to add a live chat popup to their website so they can engage their customers immediately. Visitors can chat instantly with a representative without having to install any software or plugins, which makes for a very user friendly experience. SnapEngage uses Twilio to connect customers with a live person over the phone while simultaneously chatting… Read More