How Jeff Lawson Founded Twilio: Build with Conviction or Risk Burnout


Jeff Lawson went through three companies before he noticed the trend. In college, Jeff started Versity, an online notetaking marketplace. After receiving funding, he hired a C-level executive to help out. The exec ordered focus groups with college students to determine what they want. Jeff was a college student himself at the time. He knew what college students wanted; no focus group required. This order confounded… Read More

Pound For Pound, Text for Text: FitMeal Tracks Your Calories via Twilio SMS


The culmination of Georges Duverger’s quest to lose weight took place on Vice’s Snapchat feed. Georges gained weight the way many tech employees gain weight. He was working long, stressful hours and traditionally went for the easiest food option, which is rarely the healthiest option. After doing this for years, he decided he needed to find a way to lose weight using a tool he knew… Read More

Ask Jeff Lawson Anything: Product Hunt Live Chat Recap


When asked a tough question, a wise man once said, “Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.” Jeff Lawson was asked a tough question on Product Hunt’s Live Chat and his response was “the internet of bears.” Ryan Hoover wanted to know the most creative Twilio use cases Jeff had seen. A group of scientists’ Twilio SMS powered bear tracking collars made the cut. That is the internet of… Read More

Building A Twilio Endpoint Load Tester with Python, Go and A Developer’s Empathy


Here are a few bits of advice: Test code in production. Skip the code reviews. Ship the app before load testing it. With these helpful tips, you’ll be on your way to certain doom in no time. Sai Yerram once had a brush with the perils of not load testing, and he’s built a Twilio load tester to help his fellow developers avoid the danger he… Read More

3 Ways Nonprofits Change The World With Communication Tools

twilioOrg-700x265 aims to empower nonprofits with the tools they need to change the world for the better. This isn’t hyperbole. Whether it’s restoring democratic processes around the world, making sure disaster victims get the help they need, or helping fight human trafficking – customers are truly making a difference. A small but critical element in their work is communication. We’re humbled by their participation and… Read More

Sending Selfies Without Servers: How To Use Twilio MMS, Amazon Lamba, and Amazon’s API Gateway


We’d be in a much different world if setting up backend servers was as easy as taking a selfie. In that world, you’d be watching your favorite band play as someone hoists their computer in the air, blocks the band, and configures the backend of their app. Of course, that world is fantasy. But, serverless MMS apps are a reality thanks to some slick work from… Read More

Welkin Health Helps Caregivers Communicate With Twilio


Care coordinators should spend more time on patient care, and less time searching for phone numbers. That’s Chase Hensel’s argument, and his mission for Welkin Health. It seemed odd to Chase that the healthcare industry couldn’t figure out a way to make it easy for coordinators to use an incredibly valuable healthcare tool they rely upon everyday – the phone. Coordinators can do a whole lot… Read More

Democracy Through Data: The Carter Center Monitors Elections with Twilio SMS


Love election monitoring? Love code. This might be helpful for you. Fork the Carter Center’s Code here The list of problems on the Carter Center’s to-do list range from “solve world hunger” to “restore democratic process in developing countries” to “improve healthcare worldwide.” They’re not grasping at low hanging fruit. For the Carter Center, tackling complex problems worldwide requires two things: great data processes, and unflinching… Read More

Giving Mobile Developers The Tools They Need: Twilio Joins FbStart


There’s a whole lot of owl drawing to be done when you’re launching a mobile app. In the massive app landscape, it’s up to you to find your niche, fill it, and ship an excellent product. Doing that takes a tremendous amount of work, and the right set of tools. Today, we’re happy to join the FbStart program, with help from the TwilioFund, to give developers… Read More