Twilio

  • Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    The nominations have been tabulated and the votes are in. Over 300,000 nominations were calculated across 20 categories. Along with our partners GigaOm and VentureBeat, we are very proud to announce the finalists for 2011′s best in technology. Voting begins now. For 2011, we’ve added some new categories. Best Location App, Best Cloud Services and Biggest Social Impact join the… Read More

  • 600,000 Calls Later, Callin’ Oates’ Developers Share Their Code

    600,000 Calls Later, Callin’ Oates’ Developers Share Their Code

    Callin’ Oates. Heard of it? If not, you’ve gotta get yourself some more meme-hungry friends. Built (partly as a gag) to satisfy a Twilio employee’s new-hire requirements, it’s an on-demand Hall & Oates hotline that has managed to pull mentions everywhere from Time to NPR . Call the number, pick a song, hear Hall & Oates music. 600,000 calls later, the… Read More

  • Twilio Leaps The Pond: Now Live In The UK, All Of Europe By Year’s End

    Twilio Leaps The Pond: Now Live In The UK, All Of Europe By Year’s End

    Over the last few years, developer-facing services like Heroku and AWS have proven immensely popular, helping reduce the hassles that programmers have to deal with. One of the biggest success stories along these lines has been Twilio, which launched back in 2008 and has raised around $15 million in funding to date. The company does something that sounds deceptively simple: it makes baking… Read More

  • FakeGirlfriend.co Lets You Text With Your Made-up Canadian Model Girlfriend

    FakeGirlfriend.co Lets You Text With Your Made-up Canadian Model Girlfriend

    “Whatever, man. I’ve got 10 girlfriends. And they’re supermodels! You just don’t know them, because they live in Canada.” “Oh, okay. Call one of them and prove it.” Well, crap — now what? Enter FakeGirlfriend.co, a clever little service that lets you text your maybe-not-so-real girlfriend in a pinch, get a text back, and have her “call… Read More

  • Twilio Client Lets Developers Integrate VoIP Calling Into Any Application

    Twilio Client Lets Developers Integrate VoIP Calling Into Any Application

    Twilio, the company that’s on a mission to help developers bake telephony into their applications, is launching a new feature this morning that could well give rise to a slew of startups (or, at the very least, a bunch of new features in existing web and mobile applications). In short, it’s letting developers integrate the flexible and cost-efficient power of VoIP — the sort… Read More

  • Twilio's Streamlined Shortcode API Now Open To All

    Twilio's Streamlined Shortcode API Now Open To All

    The world of SMS and telephony is filled with logistical hurdles. San Francisco-based startup Twilio‘s goal is to make them a lot less daunting, by offering an API that lets developers send texts, place calls, and do other common functions using some basic and initiative commands. And today they’re opening a new portion of its API to the public: The Twilio SMS shortcode… Read More

  • Charting Twilio's Growth Over The Last Year (And The Price Drops That Helped)

    Charting Twilio's Growth Over The Last Year (And The Price Drops That Helped)

    Last week Twilio, the startup that makes it easy for developers to integrate SMS and telephony features into their own applications, made a significant pricing change: they dropped the price of each outbound SMS message to one cent (it used to be two cents per message). That may not sound like much, but given that some companies being built on the technology handle a huge volume of texts… Read More

  • Textingly Adds Live Chat And Twilio Hosting To Beef Up Realtime Customer Interaction

    Textingly Adds Live Chat And Twilio Hosting To Beef Up Realtime Customer Interaction

    There are a lot of startups out there trying to make SMS messaging more affordable. I won’t even name them all here. But, I’d argue there isn’t a clear market leader as of yet, so with the right team, the right product, and a full suite of services, there still seems to be plenty of room in this space to be successful. Since Textingly launched at the first TechCrunch Disrupt… Read More

  • 500 Startups Announces First Winners Of Its $250K Twilio Micro-Fund

    500 Startups Announces First Winners Of Its $250K Twilio Micro-Fund

    Earlier this year, 500 Startups, the seed fund run by Dave McClure, announced that it was creating a $250,000 micro-fund dedicated to companies that were based on Twilio’s telephony platform (Twilio is one of 500 Startup’s portfolio companies). Today it’s announcing the first three winners, each of whom will receive $10,000 in return for a 1% stake in the company. The… Read More

  • Twilio Raises $12 Million For Powerful Telephony API

    Twilio Raises $12 Million For Powerful Telephony API

    Startup Twilio has raised $12 million in Series B funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, and including Union Square Ventures, 500 Startups, and several prominent angel investors. Twilio previously raised $4 million in Series A and seed funding. Twilio creates a powerful API for phone services that allows developers to quickly integrate telephony functionality into their apps. Read More