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Startup SIG: Jeff Lawson, Co-Founder & CEO, Twilio

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  • Topic: Please join us at the SDForum Startup SIG Monday, July 20, to hear serial entrepreneur Jeff Lawson, Co-founder & CEO of Twilio!

    Twilio is a startup based in San Francisco providing a cloud telephony API for developers to build voice applications, and is about 18 months old. Twilio makes it easy for web developers to incorporate voice into their applications. http://www.twilio.com

    We'll ask Jeff to talk about:

    • What Twilio is and how entrepreneurs can use it
    • What Twilio's learned about basing a company on Amazon's services, ie, should other entrepreneurs do it?
    • What Twilio's learned about building and marketing an API company, vs a direct-to-end-user company
      • what different markets they target and how
      • what type of effort they have on education or support, including staffing, programs, alliances
    • How they decided on this product offering, ie, the strategic thinking process
    • How they're thinking about acquisition - are they positioning themselves for it, ignoring it, etc.
    • What he's learned from his previous startups, whether he can apply that learning to Twilio or not
    • General info on starting and growing Twilio, including how they got funding and a mention in TechCrunch:

      http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/02/twilio-closes-funding-round-lands-major-customers-for-its-telephony-api/

      6:30pm Registration & networking
      7:00pm Presentation
      8:30pm Networking

      SDForum members, no charge. Non-members, $15 at the door, no registration necessary. The Startup SIG thanks our sponsors Orrick, SAP Labs LLC and Hewlett-Packard.

      Location:
      Orrick
      1100 Marsh Road
      Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Agenda

    6:30pm-7:00pm - registration
    7:00pm-8:30pm - presentation

     

    Price

    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    Seating is limited

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