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

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

Finding Love on CallRoulette: An Android Studio Adventure


After connecting to a guy with an Al Gore mask, a group of loud college kids, and a yodelling expert, I met my current girlfriend of 3 years on ChatRoulette. Despite never having any luck with dating apps like Tinder or OkCupid, I was somehow able to find love there. I think it was precisely because ChatRoulette didn’t allow you to craft a persona beforehand that… 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

Freshdesk Breaks Down Wisby’s Barriers To Customer Service with Twilio


Wisby had the drive, the customer support team, and the resources in place to deliver awesome customer service. But, there were two sizeable barriers they had to overcome: time and distance. Namely, reducing the time it took to respond to customers, and reducing the geographic telecom barriers cause a delay in response. To solve their problems and deliver excellent customer service, Wisby enlisted the help of… Read More

Victory 91.5 Takes Radio From Hardware Powered to Software Powered with Twilio


There are certain tools of the trade all radio stations use. The most insufferable morning zoo drive-time duos and world’s best DJs (cough, cough Seattle’s KEXP) all drop radio station ID’s. You know how it goes, a famous musician or excited fan shouts out the radio station’s name and motto. It seems simple enough, but getting audio from the phone to the airwaves is a tricky… Read More

Getting Started with Gradle and the Spark Framework

Spark and Gradle

One of the worst phrases I hear at student hackathons is “I can’t build a cool web app because I only know Java”. I see two solutions to this dilemma. We can either agree to hunker down and get started learning Ruby or Python or we can embrace existing knowledge and dissolve this misconception. Even a veteran might not associate Java with quickly spinning up a… Read More