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  • By Danielle Morrill
    Announcing Twilio's Series C Funding Round logo

    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 ...

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  • By Danielle Morrill
    Twilio Launches in Europe, Opens Office in London logo

    Today we are happy to announce that Twilio has launched in Europe, and local phone and freephone numbers for using Twilio Voice are now available in the United Kingdom. Check out UK pricing and let us know what you’re planning to build.

    We also have five countries in public beta: France, Poland, Austria, Denmark, and Portugal and several more countries on the way.  You can request access to the beta here.

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  • By Danielle Morrill
    FastCall411 Announces 2nd Round of Funding at TwilioCon logo

    Congratulations to FastCall411, a Twilio Fund alumni who will be presenting this afternoon and announced today their second round of fundraising from angel investor Gerry Campbell.

    FastCall411 is a Los Angeles based sales automation and analytics company built on the Force.com platform.  The company works with marketing and sales organizations to optimize conversion from lead generation to inside sales.  They were one of the first companies that use Twilio’s cloud based telecom API integrated into Salesforce.com.

    “With the Twilio voice API and Salesforce.com, we’ve put the sales phone system where it needs to be, inside the CRM. With Twilio and Salesforce FastCall411 helps sales and marketing organizations drive efficiency into their small business acquisition efforts. We can increase a company’s sales and marketing opportunities significantly and have helped companies that are targeting the SMB market increase their response rate by up to 10X.” — Richard ...

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  • By Danielle Morrill
    Announcing the Finalists from the TwilioCon Hackathon logo

    Last night over 200 developers gathered after Twilio Conference sessions wrapped up to hack on the Twilio Client iOS Beta and Twilio Connect.  Without futher ado we are excited to announce the finalist hacks, who will be invited on stage to present 2 minute lightning demos at 3pm today right before the Twilio Fund finalists take the stage.

    Betwext Talk – SMS between browser and phone – real time update  thanks to pusher – caller ID on the phone from NumberGuru

    Team Members: Jonathan Kressaty (@kressaty), Chuck Reynolds (@chuckreynolds), Scott Yacko (@scottmyacko), Chris Conrey (@conrey) – all of VUURR (@vuurr)

    Custard – A simple customer support platform that lets you add a call center to any of your websites.

    Team Members: Christian Fernandez @chriszf, Robbie Trencheny @robbie, David J. Phillips @davjphillips, Jesse Sung @357jesse

    SportsSignup.com Roll Call – Send out notifications to all your team members to see if they’re going to make it ...

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  • By Danielle Morrill
    Another $250,000 Committed to Twilio Fund by Dave McClure & Ron Conway logo

    This evening in Dave McClure’s closing keynote he announced that he is joining forces with fellow “super angel” Ron Conway, who also keynoted earlier today at the Twilio Conference, to double-down on the Twilio Fund with an additional $250,000 in seed investment earmarked for Twilio-powered companies.

    This new batch of investment money, which is open for submissions October 15th, is focused on providing funding to companies that use newly released Twilio Connect to facilitate usage-based billing for application end-users.

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  • By Danielle Morrill
    TwilioCon Kicks Off this Morning with 600 Developers & Entrepreneurs logo

    Today we’re gathered at the Bently Reserve for the first day of the Twilio Conference.  Keynotes kick off at 9am, and we’ll be hearing from Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson, as he shares the state of all things Twilio and announces where we’re headed.

    Day 1 will end with Hack Night, a late night hackathon featuring awesome prizes and old school video games.

    Day #1 Keynote Speakers Today

    Steve Martocci of GroupMe will share the story of the company he helped take from proof-of-concept at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in 2010 to acquisition by Skype a year later.

    Kyle Roche will be showing off RingDNA, the Twilio-powered Dreamforce hackathon winner he built for DemandResults. RingDNA is a call tracking solution that integrates with Salesforce CRM.

    Ron Conway of SV Angel has been an angel investor for 15 years, and is often referred to as a “super angel” and “The ...

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  • By Danielle Morrill
    Announcing Twilio Fund Companies Presenting at TwilioCon logo

    Twilio Fund is excited to announce the finalists and presenting alumni companies who will demo their products and showcase their startups at TwilioCon this week.

    On Thursday, 8 companies will take the stage to present before Paul Singh of 500 Startups, Alastair Goldfisher of Thomson Reuters, and Manu Kumar of K9 Ventures.  The panel and audience will ask questions, provide feedback, and ultimately some companies may receive investment on the spot.  There will also be a first prize and runner up for best pitch, and a people’s choice award.

    “TwilioCon is the perfect place to showcase Twilio-powered startups, who are building a new class of next generation communications applications for business.  With Twilio Fund, 500 Startups is getting in early on companies built on the most compelling developer platform since Facebook.” — Dave McClure, Founding Partner and Chief Pirate, 500 Startups

    Twilio Fund Finalists

    Remind101 is a safe way for ...

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  • By Danielle Morrill
    Kicking Off the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in S.F. logo

    Things are about to get underway at the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon.  There are tons of sponsoring APIs offering sweet prizes and Twilio is offering you $100 in Twilio credit just for using our API and the chance to win:

    • Grand Prize: an 11″ MacBook Air
    • Top 10 Apps: free passes to the Twilio Conference September 21st and 22nd
    • Twilio track jackets & Chuck Taylors
    • $100 of FREE Twilio credit to all Twilio-powered teams
    • tshirts and laptop decals for ALL!

    We’ll be at the event all weekend helping teams make progress on their projects, answering questions about Twilio, and supplying food and Red Bull wherever needed.  Say hi to John Sheehan, Danielle Morrill, Gene Miguel, Adam Ballai and others from the Twilio team!

     

    Resources for Getting Started with Twilio

    Twilio makes it simple to add phone calls, text messages, and browser based calling (turn any computer into a phone, or ...

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  • By Danielle Morrill
    Twilio Conference Speakers & Entrepreneur Discount logo

    If you haven’t already heard, we’re hosting the Twilio Conference, our first users conference in San Francisco September 21st and 22nd.  The event will bring together hundreds of entrepreneurs, developers, and business leaders from the Twilio community.

    Meet the Speakers

    We’ve got a fantastic speaker lineup featuring kickass developer, enterprise leaders, business visionaries, and Twilio employees throughout the organization.  Whether you’re familiar with one Twilio technology or all of them, building one business or exploring the myriad use cases, the event will be packed with learning, inspiration, and actionable advice for taking your business to the next level.

    Chad Etzel

    Chad is an internet API junkie who loves the real-time web. He is the founder of Notifo.com, a mobile notification platform. Previously, Chad flipped bits at Cisco developing next-generation routing hardware.

    He’ll speak about the real-time internet landscape.  Learn about three of the most ...

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  • By Danielle Morrill
    Stay Connected at Lollapalooza This Year With Bandcast logo

    This post features Elenor Collings of Bandcast, and is part of our Twilio Customer Highlights series.  Have you built an application using Twilio that you’d like to see featured on our blog?  Drop a note to help@twilio.com, we’d love to hear from you.

    Bandcast activity

    Bandcast is a mobile web application that uses Twilio to help you organize and connect with your friends at the iconic music festival Lollapalooza, August 5-7, 2011 in Chicago, IL.

    You can send status updates, tips and private messages, share schedules, find friends, and easily connect with new friends by scanning their unique QR code provided by the app. Unlike other social networks, Bandcast is tailored specifically to Lollapalooza so you won’t have to filter out the noise of non-Lollapalooza status updates.

    Elenor Collings on Creating Bandcast

    I started writing Bandcast in early May after seeing a tweet about Lollapalooza’s HackLolla ...

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