Just because you’re a developer doesn’t mean you’re a “software person,” says Twilio chief executive Jeff Lawson.
At a recent hackathon, Alex Day and Amazon engineer Yiling Hu developed a new system to help homeless people access shelters.
“If anyone would have told me how impossible this was, I wouldn’t have gone, I wouldn’t have done it,” said Jeff Pulver. “It’s easy to say no; it’s harder to be nuts.”
“Sometimes, there’s certain things that words are not enough to communicate the experience. Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook — photos have been a killer feature,” said Twilio PM Patrick Malatack.
Twilio app users this year are making 4 million calls per day.
These days, having your own API is the ante for operating a cloud platform.
500 Startups, the accelerator founded by angel investor Dave McClure, today announced its new class of 34 companies, Batch 002, its largest, and most international cohort to date. The group includes eight female founders, and 15 of the companies are from countries other than the U.S., with teams joining from Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Japan, the Netherlands, and Portugal.