Today it was announced that Twilio has closed a $17 million Series C funding round, and we can’t wait to put that money to good use as we continue to hire and grow our teams in San Francisco, New York, and London. Its been a big year.
We’ve grown from 25 employees to nearly 100 in 2011 — all in pursuit of serving existing customers better, and building new products, and continuing on our mission to unlock the black box of telecommunications. We’re also expanding internationally, with several products in beta in several European countries. Stay tuned for more news on that soon!
Thank You to Our Customers
Even more awesome, our community of customers grew by 400% to nearly 75,000 software developers worldwide who joined us to celebrate the company’s birthday with friends and customers, and gathered for TwilioCon
Twilio customers continue to innovate and build incredible apps. From politically-focused Mobile Commons, who uses Twilio to give people a voice to Hulu creating a customer-focused call center for top user support. We’re seeing companies across the globe get started from the ground up, like our friends at TalkDesk who started in Spain and receiving funding at TwilioCon from the Twilio Fund, to established companies re-inventing their processes, like Intuit. It’s inspiring to watch our community create brand new industry-changing products and improve communication between people and systems around the world. Thank you to all of our developers (ahem... DOERS!) who amaze us every day, as always we can’t wait to see what you build next.
Thank You to Our Investors
This round of investment comes from Bessemer Venture Partners and Union Square Ventures, and both companies were also investors in our Series B round, which closed in December 2009. Albert Wenger of USV and Byron Deeter of Bessemer are both members of Twilio’s Board of Directors and we are grateful to benefit from their world class assistance with strategy and recruiting, as well as support and insight from their network of portfolio companies, analysts, and entrepreneurs in residence.
We would also like to thank our existing angel investors for their continued support: Twilio Board member Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Ron Conway, Mitch Kapor, Jeff Fluhr, Founders Fund, Manu Kumar, Chris Sacca, and David Cohen.
Thank You to Our Employees
In 2011 Twilio’s growth of both customers and employees was massive, and we’ve been busy launching new cloud communications products to serve a wide range of needs: SMS Short Codes, Twilio Client and Twilio Connect. Ever since we launched over 3 years ago, we’ve seen huge demand for Twilio internationally, and in October we began to execute our overseas expansion plan with launch of UK Voice and opening our European headquarters in London. We continue to hire aggressively — go apply on our job page.
News Coverage & Links
- AllThingsD: Twilio Nabs 17 Million More in Funding From Current Investors
- All VoiP News: Twilio Announces 17 Million in Series C Funding
- Business Insider: Twilio Raises Another $17 Million to Help the World Communicate
- CNET: Twilio Nets $17 Million for Cloud Communications Platform
- Dow Jones: Twilio Gathers $17M To ‘Open The Black Box Of Telecom’GigaOm: Twilio Raises 17 Million to Expand Communications Platform Worldwide
- Fierce Mobile Content: Twilio Lands 17M Series C Financing Round
- FinSMEs: Twilio Raises 17M Series Funding
- ITBriefing.com: Twilio Announces $17 Million in Series C Funding From Bessemer Venture Partners and Union Square Ventures
- peHUB: 500 Startups-Backed Twilio Raises 17M More from VCs
- San Francisico Business Times: Twilio Raises 17M for Communications
- TechCrunch: Twilio Raises 17 Million Series C From Bessemer and Union Square to Expand Abroad
- TechCrunch Europe: Twilio Raises 17 Million Series C Funding to Boost Ambitious Europe Expansion
- Opus Research: 17 Million Series C Financing Vote of Confidence in Twilio and Conversations at a Platform
- VatorNews: Twilio Nabs 17M for Cloud Computing Mobile Services
- VentureBeat: Twilio is going international, has $17M to spend on souvenirs (and new hires)
- VentureWire/WSJ: Twilio Taps 17M for Trip to Europe