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This article was published on December 5, 2013

    Here are the advisors that will help Twilio bring telephony tech to non-profits

    Here are the advisors that will help Twilio bring telephony tech to non-profits Image by: ED JONES
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    Twilio is moving full-steam ahead on its non-profit foundation to make cloud-based telephony technology accessible to social good organizations. The company has revealed the names of the individuals on its Board of Advisors to help it achieve its goal of providing 1 billion messages to non-profits.

    Here’s the names that make up the Twilio.org advisory board:

    • Byron Deeter: A partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, he’s also an entrepreneur and consultant who has made investments in the cloud computing and Internet space. Previously he was a IBM executive following the acquisition of Triago Technologies, where he was the founding President and CEO.
    • Mitch Kapor: A leading figure in the personal computing space, Kapor has been pursuing a creative way to leverage technology for positive and progressive change. He also serves as the director of the Level Playing Field Institute that aims to increase fairness in education and the workplace by facilitating equal access.
    • Judy Levine: A former Vice-President at the Salesforce Foundation, Levine brings her experience leading programs that “expanded the reach and impact of corporate philanthropy and building cross-sector partnerships serving corporate and community needs.” She’s now the founder of her own consultancy focused on promoting corporate citizenship.
    • Abhi Nemani: The Co-Executive Director for Code for America, he is responsible for leading the non-profit organization to help educate governments to better understand emerging technology.

    Twilio.org formally launched during the company’s third-annual developer conference in September. Charities and initiatives its supporting include Code for America, The Magnum Foundation, and The Polaris Project and Thorn.

    Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s co-founder and CEO, said in a statement: “We launched Twilio.org to make it easier for non-profits to add communications to their programs.  We are fortunate to introduce new board members to support our goal to deliver one billion messages for good. At Twilio we believe that technology can more rapidly advance the efforts of the non-profit community and we’re happy to support their efforts. We can’t wait to see what the non-profit community will build next.”

    Photo credit: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images