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Plivo Inc.

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Plivo Inc.
Privately held company
Founded 📆September 2011; 10 years ago (2011-09)
Founder 👔Venky Balasubramanian
Michael Ricordeau
Headquarters 🏙️,
San Francisco, California
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Venky Balasubramanian
Michael Ricordeau
Products 📟 SMS, Voice, PHLO, Phone numbers, Zentrunk
Number of employees
🌐 Websitewww.plivo.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Plivo is a cloud-based Communications platform as a service (CPaaS) company headquartered in San Francisco, California.[1][2] The company allows software developers to integrate phone calls, text messages, and other communication functions into their applications using its web service APIs.[3][4][5]


Plivo was established in September 2012 by Venky Balasubramanian and Michael Ricordeau, which originally started as an open source telephony 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.[6][3]

Plivo was selected to be part of S2012 batch of Y Combinator,[5] an American seed accelerator, which is ranked at the top of U.S. accelerators.[7]


In July 2012, Plivo has launched it's API platform for voice and SMS applications.[8] Apart from that, the company has launched a new SDK, which allows developers to connect their WebRTC apps to stand SIP[disambiguation needed] lines.[9] The users can call regular phone lines using their browsers over WebRTC. Plivo’s new 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.[6][10]

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.[11]


Plivo has raised $10,000 from The Morpheus, a startup accelerator, and a $250,000[8] fund after completion from Morpheus’ investor partners including One97 Mobility Fund and Seeders Venture Capital Pvt Ltd.[3]

In September 2012, Plivo raised a seed round of $1.75 million from Battery Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel, and Qualcomm Ventures.[6][10]

See also[edit]

  • Cloud communications
  • Bandwidth (company)
  • Unified Communications as a Service
  • Communications platform as a service (CPaaS)


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  1. Finley, Klint (2 Jun 2011). "Plivo: An Open Source Alternative to Tropo and Twilio". ReadWrite. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  2. Grant, Rebecca (13 August 2012). "Plivo makes it to 50 countries in 30 days, outstrips competition". VentureBeat. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Rai, Anand (10 July 2012). "Morpheus, Seeders-backed Plivo gets funding from Y Combinator". VCCircle. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  4. Cohan, Peter (14 February 2013). "How Silicon Valley Fosters Plivo's Cloud-Based Telephony". Forbes. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Farr, Christina (21 August 2012). "Plivo, a scalable API for voice, says: 'you're going down, Twilio'". VentureBeat. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Perez, Sarah (2012). "YC-Backed Telephony Startup Plivo Raises $1.75M From Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Qualcomm Inc. & SV Angel". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  7. Nair, Radhika P (17 July 2012). "Silicon Valley's Y Combinator to mentor Indian startups TapToLearn & Plivo". The Economic Times. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Perez, Sarah (2012). "YC-Backed Plivo Launches Its Scalable API Platform For Voice & SMS Apps". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  9. Lardinois, Frederic (2012). "Plivo Launches The First SDK That Lets Developers Connect WebRTC And SIP". TechCrunch. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Rai, Anand (4 December 2012). "Morpheus-backed Plivo raises $1.75M from Andreessen Horowitz, others". VCCircle. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  11. Harris, Richard (21 August 2018). "Build communications apps with less coding thanks to PHLO". App Developer Magazine. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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