Twilio and oDesk are teaming up to make it easier for Twilio developers to find voice and SMS projects to work on.
Twilio, a provider of software that
enables developers to build voice and SMS applications, has announced a
partnership with oDesk, an online employment platform, to connect developers
The partnership extends Twilio's Developer Connect program and makes it
easier for members of the Twilio developer community to find contract software
development work. Indeed, oDesk has created an official Twilio group that connects project owners with
"Twilio is committed to helping developers in our community find
opportunities to utilize their technical expertise to make money solving
people's problems," Jeff Lawson, CEO of Twilio, said in a statement.
"We're also committed to providing businesses access to the technical resources
they need to complete their Twilio-powered projects. We have partnered with
oDesk because they have a powerful platform for facilitating these connections."
The partnership benefits end customers because businesses looking to build
Twilio-powered applications can reach Web developers with the experience and
technical skills they need by posting a job to the new Twilio oDesk group.
Project owners can find developers who have expertise with a specific
technology platform or industry experience they are looking for.
For developers, oDesk offers tools to find new projects, apply to work on
them and get paid for successfully completed work. oDesk takes care of all of
the project management tasks like tracking time worked, reporting back to the
project owner and collecting the payments once a project is complete.
"oDesk does a great job of increasing visibility between developers
and project owners," John Sheehan, lead developer evangelist at Twilio, said in
a statement. "For example, oDesk provides a developer's complete work history-including
ratings for past work-so that you know you can trust the person you hire for
your project. Using oDesk's visual timesheets you are able to verify and pay
for only the time spent working."
Twilio is reinventing telecom by merging the worlds of cloud computing, Web
services and telecommunications. Twilio hosts a telephony infrastructure Web
service in the cloud, allowing Web programmers to integrate phone calls and SMS
messages into their applications. Twilio's API minimizes the learning curve
required to build advanced, reliable communications applications, and its
pay-as-you-go pricing model means customers pay for capacity only when they
need it, not before, Twilio officials said.
oDesk claims to be the world's largest and fastest-growing global employment
platform. With $18 million in work performed every month, and nearly 1.5
million tested-and-rated contractors offering their services, oDesk enables any
business to hire, manage and pay a flexible online workforce, including Web
developers, writers, designers, administrative assistants and more. oDesk's
solution guarantees employers that an hour billed is an hour worked and
guarantees contractors that an hour worked is an hour paid, the company said.
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