Interview: Twilio’s Jon Gottfried on the evolution of the cloud communications platform (video)

19 Oct 2012

Jon Gottfried, developer evangelist at Twilio

At the Dublin Web Summit yesterday, we spoke to Jon Gottfried, developer evangelist at the San Francisco, California, cloud communications company Twilio. The start-up is merging the spheres of cloud computing, web services and telecommunications, offering developers an API for phone services to make and receive phone calls and send and receive text messages.

The privately held Twilio has been around for the past four years. The company has raised US$34m in venture financing, while it has also forged a reseller partnership with AT&T.

With Twilio, users deploy standard web languages to build voice, VoIP and SMS applications via a web API.

At the company’s second annual user conference this week, CEO Jeff Lawson spoke about how Twilio is now being used in 40 countries on six continents. Right now, more than 100,000 developers are using the Twilio platform, as well as companies such as eBay and LinkedIn.

Yesterday at the Dublin Web Summit, Gottfried took to the Developer Stage where he built an app live in front of the audience.

Here he explains the evolution of Twilio and what his role as developer evangelist involves.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic