The Owl’s Nest: Inside Twilio
Hello everyone, my name is Gabriel Bolzi, Developer Evangelist at Twilio and I’m here to introduce myself,
My childhood in Brazil was pretty much involved in playing soccer at the beach and riding my bike to school, but at some point something has gotten my attention, and it’s name was Tibia.
For those who are not familiar with Tibia, it is a RPG game from 1997 (that is still online) and playing that game was my turning point to start loving computers.
While being involved in Tibia, I felt like I wanted more complex parts on it, I wanted to create my own version of the game and then I find out about Tibia Servers - Which are basically a copy of the original game, but on your own server, which would allow you to create new items, new maps, new spells and promotions.
Then my …
We’re providing Twilions with flexibility, creating more opportunities for connection, and redesigning our ways of working — together as one team
At Twilio, we're always thinking about the future — and the future of work. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we've relied on digital solutions to partner with clients and peers in ways that help us do our best work, especially when we're thousands of miles apart.
And because we believe that businesses should leave society better than it was found, we're intentional in the meaningful work we take on, the impact we make, and how we structure and support our teams.
So today, as part of the evolution of the Open Work initiative we launched in 2021, we're announcing that Twilio is now a remote-first company.
What is remote-first?
Our remote-first approach is focused on providing our employees with flexibility, creating opportunities for connection, and delivering tools …
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Twilio’s Developer Network (DevNet) team evolved from the developer relations work that began when Twilio was still in its early startup days. Our early evangelists were generalists presenting at conferences, writing code, authoring documentation, and connecting with their local developer community. As the team grew, a need for greater role specialization emerged. And so, the DevNet was created to better organize the work happening across teams within Twilio.
Many of the early DevNet’s functions and responsibilities were shared, and ownership rotated through all of the evangelists. However, that became untenable as we scaled, and when Twilio formally created the Developer Network it started with three core teams: Developer Education, Evangelism, and Community.
As we scaled, we added new roles to focus on reaching developers in different communities and channels, specialized across different types of content. We’ve now grown to include five teams working in …
In observance of Black History Month, the Black Twilions Employee Resource Group organized programs to commemorate important events and celebrate people of color in American history. This year’s Black History Month theme -Black Health and Wellness- encouraged members and allies of Twilio's Black community to be mindful about physical and mental health at home and work.
While there were plenty of company-wide programming opportunities and initiatives, some highlights include:
- Coolin with Tha Cousins - Twilion-led yoga sessions
- Building A New Black History: Growth Healing And Hope - a conversation between Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson and CEO and Founder of MindRight Health Ashley Edwards
- A performance by Blessing Offor, a blind musician whose inspiring story took him from Nigeria to NYC to Nashville.
Perhaps one of the most valuable opportunities that Black History Month provides is a reminder to both recognize the challenges and uplift the contributions of the …
According to my parents, I was a loud baby. Even the tiniest inconveniences set me off like a car alarm. When I was happy, I also yelled at the top of my lungs, exposing a single “snaggletooth”, as my dad liked to call it, and a devilish smile. I wasn’t the easiest infant and as I transitioned into a toddler it only got worse. My high pitched cries turned into embarrassingly rude questions. I'd ask if a person washed their hands after using the bathroom then proceeded to clean said bathroom no matter what their answer was - even as a child I was steadfast in my beliefs.
By college my voice lowered but my actions were still loud and “a lot”. My mother and I always bonded over interior design so it naturally became a passion of mine. When it came to designing my college dorm I was keen …
In 2020, Twilio committed to becoming an antiracist organization, leveraging its products, people and resources to create a more just and equitable world. To effectively foster a culture that is deep-rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion, we are leveraging "antiracism" as a framework to encourage leadership, teams and individuals to do this critical work. This means we will take ongoing actions to challenge and redistribute power in a way that benefits all communities.
Our current focus is to provide educational and awareness opportunities to Twilions across the globe so that they better understand what “antiracism” means, learn more about the rich, diverse communities within Twilio and push for systemic and policy changes that will make our workplace more inclusive.
In the last year, we launched our Safe Spaces Program, wherein we create opportunities for employees to engage in a psychologically-safe environment for group dialogue and to share feelings or emotions. …
Instead of a computer science degree or coding boot camp, I earned an economics degree with a minor in business. I ran marketing campaigns and built KPI dashboards. Not an ideal set of skills for someone dreaming of a software engineering job, but that was my resume in 2016. Fast forward to 2021, and I’m proud to say I’ve been a Software Engineer at Twilio for three years!
Plan A: Feeling lost but finding passion.
After graduating in 2013 with an economics degree in hand, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my career. I felt completely lost. For the next few years, I worked in different roles at different companies, each time discovering what I didn’t want to do.
But while at Google, Zenefits, and later at Twilio (starting in a non-engineering position), a pattern emerged. Although I wasn’t hired for technical roles, I obsessively worked …
カスタマーサポートとのチャット、予約リマインダーの受信、ライドシェアのドライバーとのメッセージのやりとり、パーソナライズされたクーポンの配信、かかりつけ医によるビデオ診察 - これらすべてのコミュニケーションに共通していることは、Twilioが支えているということです。
This past September, Twilio had the privilege of being a gold sponsor of the 4th Annual Sistas In Sales Summit 2021. For those who aren't aware, Sistas in Sales is an organization that unites women of color together in a series of networking events, panel discussions, and socials to provide mentorship, access to sales leaders, and community.
Why is work/life balance important? And why now?
According to McKinsey's latest Women in the Workplace report, a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, women in corporate jobs are even more burned out than they were a year ago—and increasingly more so than men. Despite this, it's women who are stepping up to support employee well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. That's especially true of women of color who have ambitions to be top executives despite facing so many challenges to advancement — not the least of which is work-life …