Twilio’s values and principles

We make products and decisions everyday around our core values. They drive what we do for our customers.

Our nine values

Building the future of communications is huge task, so we look to our nine core values for guidance. They help shape our decisions, hone our products, and determine how we engage with our customers and each other.

Live the spirit of the challenge

Tackle hard problems. If our ambitions aren’t terrifying, we aren’t pushing ourselves enough.

Empower others

Make heroes. Unleash the greatness of others, inside and outside the company.

Start with why

Start by understanding why customers care. Challenge assumptions with data.

Create experiences

Inspire confidence and admiration in every interaction someone has with Twilio.

No shenanigans

Be thoughtful. Always deal in an honest, direct and transparent way.

Be humble

Everybody has something to learn. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Think at scale

Anticipate where we’re going and invest in systems that provide a consistent customer experience as we grow.

Draw the owl

There’s no instruction book; it’s ours to draw. Figure it out, ship it and iterate.

Be frugal

Profit is the engine that lets us achieve our goals. If we do more with less, we can do more.

Twilio fosters leadership

Leadership exists everywhere in a company. From managers to individual contributors, good leaders help their teams succeed by approaching every day with a set of fundamental principles in mind. Always remember that leadership is a behavior, not a position.

Read our leadership playbook

Good Leaders...

Wear the customer’s shoes

Good leaders solve problems from the perspective of the customer’s experience. Bad leaders concern themselves with internal structures or motivations.

Leave teams as their legacy

Good leaders believe the team they’ve built is the best measure of their success, and regularly hire people better than themselves. Bad leaders believe short-term outcomes exclusively define their success.

Have a point of view

Good leaders are rarely ambivalent on important matters and address conflict head on, by expressing their POV and soliciting the POV of others. Bad leaders keep their opinions to themselves, or worse, use the "meeting after the meeting" to make their true opinions known.

Seek progress over perfection

Good leaders make decisions with the available information, valuing experimentation and iteration over the perfect answer. Bad leaders delay progress because they fear making the wrong decision.

Make colleagues better

Good leaders use their position to support, empower and challenge their colleagues to make them better. Bad leaders feel threatened when they are challenged, and always need to be the smartest person in the room.

Be intellectually honest

Good leaders seek the truth through experimentation, data, and vigorous debate and embrace truth whether it’s good news or bad news. Bad leaders only use data when it’s convenient.

Be adaptable

Good leaders use their experience to recognize patterns, but aren’t beholden to the same playbook. Bad leaders run the same playbook regardless of the current facts.

Be relentless about success

Good leaders have an internal fire that drives them and their teams to be the best, and display grit in the face of adversity. Bad leaders have excuses and confuse effort with results.

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