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  • By John Britton
    Twilio Comes to Seattle logo

    Join us in Seattle on Wednesday, July 14th from 6-8PM at Eastlake Zoo Tavern for a Twilio Meetup.

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    Hello Seattle

    Twilio’s very own John Britton (that’s me) is touring the Pacific Northwest on his way back from the Mozilla Summit. He’s making a stop off in Seattle to host a meetup this week and will be hosting one in Portland next week (details coming soon).

    Agenda

    We’ll meet at 6PM at the Eastlake Zoo Tavern and enjoy some food, drink, and conversation. Come with your questions about Twilio and OpenVBX. You can also bring stuff you’ve built and show it off.

    Details

    What are you waiting for? RSVP now, and don’t forget to tell your friends and help us spread the word!

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  • By John Britton
    2010 Mozilla Summit Recap: July 7 – 9, Whistler, Canada logo

    The Mozilla Summit far surpassed my expectations. The event was personal, technical, creative and inspiring all at once.

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    The Mozilla Summit is an invitation-only gathering of some of the most active contributors in the Mozilla community. This year’s theme was “Be More Like the Web”.

    I was lucky enough to be among those who were invited, due to my involvement with the Drumbeat project. There were a total of around 600 Mozilla community members at the event: hackers, localizers, testers, marketers, and the individuals formerly known as ‘users’.

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    Background

    Mozilla is most well known for the open source browser, Firefox. In addition to Firefox, there are number of other software projects like Jetpack at Mozilla Labs. Although Mozilla has been incredibly successful with open source software, they’re ambitious and ready for the next big challenge. As stewards of the open web, Mozillians around the world are banding together …

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  • By John Britton
    Event Recap: Greater SF LAMP Meetup logo

    On Tuesday night, Adam and I took a trip to Sunnyvale. He was invited to talk about the Twilio API and our recent launch of OpenVBX, the web-based open source phone system for business. The Greater SF LAMP Meetup takes place regularly and covers a wide range of topics related to Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.

    The talk focused on how open source has driven innovation on the internet and the key characteristics of successful open source projects. The specific discussion points for the evening were community, modularity, and solving problems for the 80% use case. Adam articulated an interesting parallel between viewing the source of a web page in a browser, and viewing the source of a phone call (TwiML).

    To wrap up the evening there was a live coding demonstration of how to create an OpenVBX plugin. It’s very easy …

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  • By John Britton
    TechCrunch 5th Birthday Party at Twilio HQ logo

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    Mike Arrington Cake

    Last Friday we hosted the San Francisco edition of TechCrunch’s 5 year anniversary party. TechCrunch crowd sourced the event using Meetup Everywhere which garnered them a whopping 459 meetups worldwide! We welcomed over 500 people to Twilio HQ to enjoy trivia, games, food, drinks, dancing and a special Mike Arrington cake.

    A few highlights included a sick DJ, cool demos, and general startup chat. The party really hit its apex when we brought out four cases of champagne and started popping corks left and right.

    iPad Says Party at Sutter Station

    We rounded out the night with a dance party. There was some crazy break dancing, battles, and general crowd fun. A few WWDC attendees swayed the crowd to Sutter Station for the after party.

    Check out all the photos on Flickr.

    Many thanks to our sponsors for making the event a wild success.

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  • By John Britton
    New Geek: John Britton is the Latest Addition to Twilio logo

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    Hello, Twilio

    My name is John Britton. I joined Twilio just over a week ago, and let me tell you, it’s been an amazing experience so far. I’m coming on board as a Developer Evangelist, and I’ll be working alongside John Sheehan to make the lives of all Twilio developers as easy as possible. I’m here to help you get your new Twilio apps off the ground and sprinkle Twilio goodness all over your existing apps. I live in New York City, but I’m visiting the Twilio HQ in San Francisco for the month of June to get ramped up. I’m really looking forward to bringing the Twilio special sauce back to the Big Apple.

    Why Twilio

    A few years ago, a good friend and I were running a small IT consulting shop. We provided web design and application development but soon realized that many of our customers would …

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