Twilio to Acquire Leading Email API Platform, SendGrid
We started Twilio 10 years ago to democratize communications, giving developers the power to make a phone ring with just a few lines of code. Over the years, we’ve evolved our platform to address nearly every channel that companies use to communicate with their customers, including voice, video, SMS, chat, smart speakers like Alexa, and messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and more.
As we continued to add new means of communication, you’ve told us that there has been one missing from our platform -- email. We’ve watched SendGrid on their journey to build the industry’s best cloud-based email delivery platform. They’ve taken the same developer-first approach as we have - building a great API, reducing friction to getting started, focusing on trust and quality and showing developers what's possible with the power of code.
Both Twilio and SendGrid have been hearing from you, our customers, that ...
Taking Twilio.org To The Next Level
One of our key values at Twilio is to empower others. That doesn’t mean “sell to others.” Rather, it means you help bring out the best in the people you serve, supporting and enabling them to achieve their goals however you can. Since we started Twilio, developers have amazed us with their ingenuity – building products and companies that we could never have imagined.
But something else we never imagined was how communications plays into fixing the world. We’ve encountered many non-profit organizations whose work has shown that communications, or the lack thereof, is the root of many societal problems. Two years ago we started Twilio.org to empower those non-profit organizations with communications technology to improve lives around the world – through use of Twilio technology, grants, and volunteer work from Twilio’s employees worldwide. Yet Twilio.org was not sustainably funded – until now.
Today we’re excited to ...
Announcing New Investors and Our $130 Million Series E Round
“The Humpty Dance is your chance to do the hump
Do the Humpty Hump, come on and do the Humpty Hump
Do the Humpty Hump, just watch me do the Humpty Hump
Do ya know what I’m doing, doing the Humpty Hump
Do the Humpty Hump, do the Humpty Hump”
– Shock G aka Humpty Hump
I was told tech blog posts should start with rap lyrics, so there you go! I also wanted to announce that Twilio has closed a $130 million Series E round of funding, led by Fidelity and T Rowe Price, along with investments from Altimeter Capital Management and Arrowpoint Partners.
In addition, we’re privileged that Amazon.com and Salesforce were also significant participants in the round. We’ve had great relationships with Amazon and Salesforce, leaders in laaS and SaaS respectively, and now we have the opportunity to deepen the relationship between our companies ...
Ahoy Authy: Welcome Authy To The Twilio Family
It’s 2015, and every week there’s another security breach. We’ve learned that retailers aren’t safe from their HVAC vendors, Seth Rogen can stir an international cybersecurity incident, and not even the venerable OpenSSL can be trusted. The only strategy is multiple layers of security, and so every login box on the Internet needs to be secured and secured again.
That’s non-controversial, but doing so has traditionally introduced substantial user friction. Five years ago, two factor authentication required hardware fobs that were expensive – and truthfully, who wants more hardware on their keychain? And what about email-based verification? No one wants to abandon the app and refresh their spam folder. Security is only as good as its usability – the most secure scheme is rendered useless if users don’t adopt it.
Mobile has provided a great solution to create strong identity verification with reduced friction. For the ...
Day Of Action: Fight Back Against ISP’s Slow Lane #StopTheSlowLane
If you’re reading this, you benefit from an open Internet. You take for granted that the browser you’re using can reach our blog. But that could change.
If you haven’t been following the Net Neutrality news for the past several months, here’s the situation. The Internet is a free (as in speech) and open network, where your mobile or broadband ISP is supposed to transmit bits between any Internet connected server to you without opinion on what those bits mean or whether you should be permitted to access them. It’s a doctrine called net neutrality, and it’s been the basis of innovation on the Internet since pretty much day one.
The FCC is currently considering a reversal of this doctrine, allowing ISPs and carriers to use arbitrary policy to price and police your Internet for those services you use. This action would open the ...