Plivo

Plivo

Plivo is a cloud-based Communications platform as a service (CPaaS) company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company allows software developers to integrate phone calls, text messages, and other communication functions into their applications using its web service APIs.

History

Plivo was established in September 2012 by Venky Balasubramanian and Michael Ricordeau. It originally started as an open source telephone project. Venky and Michael connected on Github while they both were looking for a communications platform to add voice and SMS functions to their own applications. Plivo participated in the S12 cohort of Y Combinator, an American seed accelerator.

Technology

In July 2012, Plivo launched it's API platform for voice and SMS applications. The company also launched a new SDK, which allows developers to connect their WebRTC apps to stand SIP lines. Users can call regular phone lines using their browsers over WebRTC. Plivo’s SDK also enables developers to integrate WebRTC into existing calling solutions for call centers and enterprises. This also works the other way around, this makes it possible for users to call WebRTC users using their regular SIP-based numbers.

In August 2018, Plivo announced the launch of PHLO, a drag-and-drop based workflow builder which it claimed would make it possible to create working communication functionalities in minutes.

Funding

Plivo has raised $10,000 from The Morpheus, a startup accelerator, and a $250,000 fund after completion from Morpheus’ investor partners including One97 Mobility Fund and Seeders Venture Capital Pvt Ltd.

In September 2012, Plivo raised a seed round of $1.75 million from Battery Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel, and Qualcomm Ventures.

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Plivo seed round
1,750,000
December 4, 2012
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Abhishek Rungta

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Ankur Passi

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Christopher Morton

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Craig Walker

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Geoff Ralston

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Lucy Zhao

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Michael Ricordeau

Founder

Mike Katz

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Nandini Hirianniah

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Pallav Nadhani

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Patrick Eggen

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Ronny Conway

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Sandeep Raju Prabhakar

Employee

Sneha Singh

Employee

Venky

Founder

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