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Twilio to Help Amazon Web Services Deliver SMS Messages


Twilio announced this week that it was partnering with Amazon Web Services to help deliver SMS messages via Amazon’s Simple Notification Service (SNS). And while details remain scant, Twilio told TechCrunch that Amazon’s SNS will “leverage the benefits of Twilio’s Super Network.”

“Amazon Web Services truly embodies the spirit of iteration upon which Twilio was built,” Twilio CEO and co-founder Jeff Lawson said. “With this latest collaboration, we’re strengthening the communications ecosystem with scalable, efficient tools that ensure the best option for delivering a message is available.” AWS VP for Mobile and IoT Marco Argenti pointed to the importance of “efficient, scalable technology solutions” that help developers build great apps instead of simply “managing infrastructure.” He added that the two companies would “continue to work together to help empower developers to communicate with their users seamlessly across devices.”


Marc Boroditsky, VP and GM of authentication at Twilio, demonstrated Authy OneTouch authentication at FinovateFall 2015 in New York.

This week’s announcement represents a continuation of Twilio’s relationship with Amazon and Amazon Web Services. Twilio has long used AWS to host its platform, and Amazon was one of the investors in Twilio’s $130 million Series E round last summer. Moreover, the news comes just days after Twilio’s successful initial public offering which saw its stock climb by more than 90% on its first day of trading last Thursday. Twilio trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TWLO and closed at $28.79 on its opening day after being initially priced at $15 per share. Twilio’s market capitalization is $2.8 billion.

A specialist in cloud communications, Twilio’s technology enables developers to add voice, messaging, and video functionality to their mobile apps and web sites. Twilio demonstrated Authy One Touch at FinovateFall 2015, and presented its technology at FinDEVr 2015 in San Francisco later that year. The cloud communications company was founded in 2008, is headquartered in San Francisco, and has offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Germany, Estonia, and Columbia. Last month, Twilio was named to the CNBC Disruptor 50 list for 2016 for its third consecutive year. Read more about the company’s Authy division in our Finovate Debuts feature from earlier this year.