Twilio is a cloud communication platform that provides a set of tools and APIs for developers to build messaging, voice, and video applications. It was founded in 2008 by Jeff Lawson, Evan Cooke, and John Wolthuis, with the mission to democratize communications and make it easier for developers to integrate communication capabilities into their software applications.
The idea for Twilio came when Jeff Lawson was working on a startup and found it difficult to integrate voice and messaging functionality into the application. He realized that there was a need for a cloud communication platform that could provide these services as APIs, which could be easily integrated into any software application.
Twilio launched in 2008 with its first product, Twilio Voice, which allowed developers to add voice calling to their applications. It quickly expanded its offerings to include messaging and video capabilities, as well as a range of other communication services. Today, Twilio provides a wide range of tools and services for developers, including messaging, voice, video, email, and more.
Over the years, Twilio has grown rapidly, attracting a wide range of customers, from startups to large enterprises. The company has also expanded globally, with offices in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.