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  • By Brendan Yell
    Twilio Startups talks Accelerators with Techstars CEO David Brown Techstars-david-brown

    As you build your startup and try to find the elusive product market fit (amongst many other things), the bustling startup scene will throw many options at you. As a founder who is focussed on building a product or service and solving a problem, these many options can be daunting.

    One such option is to apply and join an accelerator program. Accelerator programs are designed to do just that, take your company and ‘accelerate’ its growth. At the end of the day, you are racing against competitors from all over the world. Yes, it is a race and an accelerator can help you find product/market fit faster. 

    Programs generally run for 3-6 months, provide curriculum, some seed funding usually in return for equity, and access to a mentor network. Usually culminating in a ‘demo day,’ where you pitch to a room full of investors. 

    Interview with David Brown CEO of …

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  • By Dellaena Maliszewski
    New Partnership with Twilio Startups and DigitalOcean Twilio Startups and Digital Ocean

    Twilio Startups is excited to announce our new partnership with DigitalOcean. The partnership will provide more in-depth support, content, and mentorship opportunities for the global startup ecosystem, reaching founders, startups, technologists, and dreamers.

    As part of this announcement, we interviewed the DigitalOcean team to better understand how one of the most beloved brands in the developer ecosystem got to where they are today, and see what advice they have for founders at any stage of growth.

    In this interview, you will:

    • Learn from the teams who have "been there, done that" 
    • Get the advice you need to scale your startup
    • Find out which startups and companies are crushing goals and scaling fast
    • Learn more about Hatch, DigitalOcean’s startup-focused program

    Our interview with the DigitalOcean team

    Can you provide a brief explanation of what DigitalOcean does?

    DigitalOcean is a cloud company that simplifies app creation for new generations of developers …

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  • By Twilio
    SIGNAL Behind the Scenes: Twilio's Michael Carpenter Michael Carpenter

    In this interview, Michael Carpenter from Twilio's Voice Insights team sat down with Corey Weathers, a Developer Evangelist at Twilio to talk about Voice Insights. We hope you enjoy this interview transcript.

    The following interview took place August 6th, 2019 at Twilio's SIGNAL conference at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. It previously aired on our SIGNAL TV broadcast over on Twitch.tv/Twilio.

    You can also find this interview on Youtube on Twilio's channel.

    Meet Michael Carpenter

    Corey: What's up, friends. We are back. Okay, so we just had some amazing, amazing, amazing interviews. We had a phenomenal conversation, right, with Andres. Right? From the Product Management Team. Super fun, super exciting. Andres was hanging out. We had Chris earlier. We had some other folks coming and hanging out with us. Now we get to welcome Michael Carpenter from the Voice Insights team. Welcome to the stream, Bud. …

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  • By Twilio
    SIGNAL Behind the Scenes: Twilio's Andres Jaan Tack andres.jpg

    In this interview, Twilio's Andres Jaan Tack sits down with Corey Weathers to talk about Twilio's launch of Conversations. We hope you enjoy this interview transcript.

    The following interview took place August 6th, 2019 at Twilio's SIGNAL conference at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. It previously aired on our SIGNAL TV broadcast over on Twitch.tv/Twilio.

    You can also find this interview on Youtube on Twilio's channel.

    Meet Andres Jaan Tack

    Corey: Hey, what's up, friends? Super excited to be back with you. Listen, welcome back to SIGNAL TV. It's your boy Corey Hurricane Weathers back here in the building. We're hanging out with Twilions again. We've been having some fun throughout the day. We've got more live interviews, more live demos set up for you. And so before I continue I gotta say "welcome" to the latest guest. This is Andres. Hi Andres good to see …

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  • By Twilio
    SIGNAL Behind the Scenes: Twitch's Tristan Wiley tristan.jpg

    In this interview, Tristan Wiley from Twitch sits down with Lizzie Siegle from Twilio to talk about Tristan's Twitch extension that allows viewers to call a streamer via Twilio. We hope you enjoy this interview transcript.

    The following interview took place August 6th, 2019 at Twilio's SIGNAL conference at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. It previously aired on our SIGNAL TV broadcast over on Twitch.tv/Twilio.

     

    Meet Twilio Champion Tristan Wiley from Twitch

    Lizzie: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to SIGNAL TV. I'm Lizzie. Again, I'm a developer evangelist here at Twilio and I am beyond excited to welcome an MHacks organizer, rising junior at the University of Buffalo, an organizer of UB Hacking, a Twitch Developer Relations Intern, Twilio Champion and so much more, Tristan Wiley.

    Tristan: Hello. Hi. Hi, everybody. Hi, everyone in chat. I know some of you. Thanks for stopping by.

    Lizzie: Yes. So, what is …

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  • By Twilio
    SIGNAL Behind the Scenes: Twilio's Kris Gutta kris.jpg

    In this interview, Kris Gutta, a Product Manager on Twilio's Voice team sat down with Corey Weathers, a Developer Evangelist at Twilio to discuss the launch of Twilio Media Streams. We hope you enjoy this interview transcript.

    The following interview took place August 6th, 2019 at Twilio's SIGNAL conference at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. It previously aired on our SIGNAL TV broadcast over on Twitch.tv/Twilio.

    You can also find this interview on Youtube on Twilio's channel.

    Meet Kris Gutta

    Kris: How you doing, Corey?

    Corey: I'm hanging in there, how 'bout yourself?

    Kris: Great.

    Corey: We've been talking a lot about Twilio, we've been excited about the keynote, we're really excited to see somethings happening here on the stream and so, before we jump into that stuff, I have to ask: how's your SIGNAL been?

    Kris: It's been fantastic. I mean I just love being …

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  • By Twilio
    SIGNAL Behind the Scenes: Twilio's Ashley Roach Ashley.jpg

    In this interview, Ashley Roach, a Product Manager on Twilio's X Developer Experiences team sat down with Lizzie Siegle, a Developer Evangelist at Twilio to discuss Twilio's new CLI tool which is now in Beta. We hope you enjoy this interview transcript.

    The following interview took place August 6th, 2019 at Twilio's SIGNAL conference at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. It previously aired on our SIGNAL TV broadcast over on Twitch.tv/Twilio.

    You can also find this interview on Youtube on Twilio's channel.

    Meet Ashley Roach

    Lizzie: Hi everyone, I'm Lizzie, a Developer Evangelist at Twilio, and we are back with Ashley Roach, a Product Manger on Twilio X.

    Ashley: Hey, everybody. What's going on Lizzie?

    Lizzie: Very excited to have you on.

    Ashley: Yeah, cool.

    Demoing the new Twilio CLI

    Also see our Command Line Interface launch blog post.

    Lizzie: You have a CLI demo for us? …

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  • By Twilio
    SIGNAL Behind the Scenes: Microsoft's Chloe Condon chloe.jpg

    In this interview, Chloe Condon, a Cloud Developer Advocate from Microsoft and a Twilio Champion sat down with Corey Weathers, a Developer Evangelist at Twilio to talk about her fake boyfriend app. I hope you enjoy this interview transcript and live coding session.

    The following interview took place August 6th, 2019 at Twilio's SIGNAL conference at Moscone West in San Francisco, California. It previously aired on our SIGNAL TV broadcast over on Twitch.tv/Twilio.

    You can also find this interview on Youtube on Twilio's channel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSm_GU2E9r4&feature=youtu.be

    An introduction to Chloe Condon

    Corey: We've been talking and talking and talking about this amazing, amazing individual who's seated to my left. She has obviously, like, her name's been brought up a number of times on Chef Brent's stream. We talked a good bit about the work that you did, yeah. Then you heard about her if you saw the keynote …

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  • By Margaret Staples
    Tech Community and Barbecue in Austin, Texas TwilioBBQuest

    As I get ready for tomorrow's day of learning, barbecue, and prizes, I'm reflecting on this spring as I've been getting acquainted with tech communities here in Austin, Texas.  

    Starting back in March for Women's History month, Austin was one of four cities to host our git hired --f "Women and Non Binary Humans in Tech" events centering skills that make it easier to get hired as a developer.

    bartender and women in STEM decorated bar

    The Austin community delivered amazingly insightful talks from Victoria Hood, on creating a solid resume, Kelsey Huse introduced us to the myriad opportunities behind the opaque title "Support Engineer", CC Yang gave us a crash course on algorithms for interviews, a …

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  • By Kyle Kelly-Yahner
    Twilio Flex Launched Enterprise Connect 2018 Twilio Bug Logo

    This year at Enterprise Connect the community all came out to party — specifically a launch party for Twilio Flex.

    Flex re-imagines a contact center platform, offering programmability at every layer of the stack.

    What better way to show off Flex’s programmability than by throwing an Arduino Uno in a blender?

    So let’s say you have a call center that’s devoted to monitoring an Arduino Uno’s internet connectivity. I …

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