Jeff Lawson of Twilio: The Ups and Downs of Being a Developer [VIDEO]

September 18, 2012

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“Software is eating the world,” says Jeff Lawson below, echoing Marc Andreessen of VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. What they mean is that software companies like Amazon and Netflix are starting to dominate industries that were formerly run by hardware giants.

Lawson, who worked at Amazon himself, is trying to do that in telecommunications. His startup Twilio is helping developers make apps that use phone calling and texting. According to Lawson, developers today have an exciting opportunity to disrupt markets, as long as they can navigate around established players.

Tech Cocktail caught up with Lawson, who was also the CTO of StubHub, to hear about the challenges and opportunities for software developers. Watch the full video with Jeff Lawson. The interview was filmed at Techweek 2012 in Chicago on June 24, 2012. It is also part of the Tech Cocktail Conversations podcast – subscribe on iTunes.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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