The Silicon Valley startup scene collected in San Francisco tonight to rejoice the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards — and if there is one sort of man or woman the startup scene lionizes, it is founders. Tonight, Twilio co-founder and CEO Jeff Lawson walked away with the title of Founder of the 12 months. Walker & Company‘s Tristan Walker was the runner-up.
Lawson co-launched the developer-centric communications enterprise after a stint at AWS, wherever he was one of the to start with merchandise supervisors on the workforce. He was also the founding CTO of StubHub founder and CTO of NineStar and the founder, CTO and CEO of storage startup Versity. Twilio, however, is most likely what most men and women know him for. The enterprise experienced a prosperous IPO previous year — and got a little bit blessed mainly because it took place on the day before the U.K. voted for Brexit. Right now, Twilio’s industry cap is practically $2.75 billion.
Just one issue that practically designed Twilio stand out was its emphasis on the developer group. More than many other founders, Lawson and his workforce recognized early on that it’s the builders who usually now phone the photographs as to what technological know-how even significant enterprises undertake.
Other nominees in this classification have been: Uncharted Play’s Jessica O. Matthews, Blavity’s Morgan DeBaun, and Flexport’s Ryan Petersen.