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

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

Here We Go!: Introducing The New Twilio Blog, As Explained In Terms of Super Mario Bros


When Mario gets his power-ups, do you pay attention to the (fire) flower or what Mario does with the power-up? The answer in all it’s Koopa-crushing glory, is Mario. The same principle applies for this very blog. Here on the blog, we’re focused on what you build with Twilio, how you did it, and inspiring and equipping you to build the next thing your heart desires…. Read More

Common SMS Problems and How to Solve Them, Part 2 (Unicode)


Earlier this month we walked you through a common SMS delivery challenge that occurs when sending long messages, and how a developer can address it successfully.  In this post, we’ll show you how the many different languages and characters that can be sent in an SMS can also cause complications – and that it’s not necessarily easy to send them all. [Read Common SMS Problems +… Read More

Common SMS Problems and How to Solve Them, Part 1


Most of us don’t think to question whether or not the pictures or emojis in our text message will get through to the person on the other end. Nor do we pause to break up a long message into several parts in order to ensure messages go through in the correct order. Rather, we expect exactly what seems like the obvious: that our message will be… Read More

Introducing Twilio Developer Evangelist Eddie Zaneski

When did you know that you wanted to flip bits and change the world as a software developer? Some members of our wonderful tech community have always known exactly what they wanted to do. However, my introduction to the magical world of programming came a bit later in the game than many others. I owe the community for helping me catch up. Two years into a… Read More

The Full Stack Python Guide to Deployments: A New Book By Matt Makai


Before joining Twilio, Matt Makai, our San Francisco-based Developer Evangelist, drove across America on a ronin-type quest to learn more about coding from fellow software developers about his favorite language – Python. He coded at coffee shops, spoke at Python meetups and met with Python developers all over the United States. He spoke at conferences and was asked many of the same Python-related questions about building… Read More

Transparency Report for Government Requests for Customer Information

Today we’re releasing Twilio’s first transparency report detailing requests for customer information by municipal, state, provincial and federal governments globally. As part of our commitment to the privacy of your data, this report represents the start of a program to produce clear visibility to the Twilio community around these requests. In this spirit, this report’s objective is to inform you of the total volume of government… Read More