ASCII Art Via Text: Jonah Kirangi Creates A New Avenue For An Old Medium

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There’s nothing like a bum printer to inspire artistic creation. Kenneth Knowlton’s brain is flexible in a way that printers were not. He pioneered ASCII art at Bell Labs in 1966, using ASCII characters to print large scale graphics that were otherwise outside the printer’s reach in terms of graphic detail. In the near 50 years later after Knowlton printed his first iconic ASCII artwork, there… Read More

GameChanger Logs 800 Million Pitches, Chooses SMS For Real Time Communication

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In March of this year, GameChanger hit a record of 800 million pitches logged. That’s 7,953 times the number of pitches baseball legend Cy Young threw in his entire career. He might have logged his pitches in his day if cell phones were around then. Now, all sports fans need to make a record of their pitches is a phone, and possibly collective agreement on what… Read More

Getting Started with Swift on Linux

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When I wrote my first line of Swift code I immediately had visions of being able to use this beautiful programming language for more than just iOS and OSX apps. Yesterday, Apple officially made Swift open source and my dreams came true. This blog post will help you quickly get started writing your first application using the open source version of Swift on Linux. Here We Go! The Linux… Read More

Building For Biebs: Oliver Muoto Builds Hotline Bling With An S3 Bucket, Rackspace, and Twilio

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When you load test an app, you do so with a confident estimate of the amount of traffic you’ll receive. Your goal is to find and eliminate the high traffic variable that might cause your app to lag, or a server to tip over. When you’re building an app for Justin Bieber to promote his new album, that high traffic variable can never be fully quantified,… Read More

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

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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

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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

Meet Kristin Salomon: Maker, Engineer, and Speaker

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It still feels far away, but Signal is coming and we couldn’t be more excited to see what you – the community – bring to the conference in 2016. While we’re busy planning and preparing, we’d like to give you some insight into who you’ll meet May 24-25 at Pier 27 in San Francisco. And maybe you will find yourself inspired to join us on stage!… Read More

Ask Jeff Lawson Anything: Product Hunt Live Chat Recap

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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