Just over nine years ago, SendGrid was founded by three developers who set out to build a better way to send email. They wanted to build a system "that just worked" for developers and allowed them to focus on what was most important to them - building their apps and growing their business. The team was able to solve for that email use case and in doing so created the world’s first cloud-based email delivery platform.
As SendGrid grew, we extended this platform over time to serve the similar email delivery needs of marketers, and defined a broader vision for the company - to be the world’s most trusted communications platform. Core to this vision is empowering customers with the ability to solve another key pain point we know they are challenged with - orchestrating communications for their own customers across multiple channels.
Joining Twilio enables us to accelerate our journey toward a shared vision of offering one trusted platform to fuel the future of customer communications. We are excited to be a part of a proven, successful and rapidly growing cloud communications platform, aligned with our API-driven developer-centric roots, as well as our mission, vision and values.
SendGrid is a category leader in email delivery, reaching half of the world’s digital users every three months. Twilio’s cloud communications platform spans complementary customer communications channels including voice, video & messaging. Bringing the two companies together can empower all of our customers to better reach and engage more of their customers in-context, driving engagement and business growth. Together, we power more than 600 billion annual interactions every year for more than 100,000 customers.
We know that email is critical to our customer’s business and our commitment to providing best-in-class email deliverability, customer service, and reliability remains steadfast. It will be business as usual at SendGrid as we work with the Twilio team to drive the acquisition through to close, which is expected in the first half of 2019. As such, customers will see no change in SendGrid’s platform, support or service offerings.
We’ve been humbled to serve our more than 74,000 customers and are grateful for the trust they’ve placed in us, thus far in our journey. I believe our newly combined company, which brings together the two leading communication platforms can enable customers to be even more successful in driving engagement and business growth and I’m excited to continue on the next leg of journey together!
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