*Company financials as of 3/31/16
Imagined by three founders--Jeff, Evan, John. Backed by two earlier believers--Byron Deeter @ Bessemer Ventures, Albert Wenger @ Union Square Ventures--and supported by many more. IPO'd on June 23 at $15.00/share. But those numbers and people pale by comparison to the one that really matters--567. That's the number of Twilio team members--specialists, managers, directors, vice presidents--who've unflinchingly built Twilio since March 13, 2008, delighting over 1 million developers worldwide. These are the heroes who've created prosperity for all involved. Most notably, for themselves and their families. There is absolutely nothing "common" about these common shareholders which is why we at Founders Circle cast the spotlight brightly upon them.
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"That which does not kill us makes us stronger" -Nietzsche. Building a #breakawaygrowth company isn't known for its death defying feats, but, in no way is it for the faint of heart. Those who have the courage, the confidence and the grit to create something truly spectacular out of nothing more than a glimmer of an idea usually emerge with more than a few scars on their backs. When they offer us a perspective on how to get it right, the rest of us just might avert those unwanted lacerations.
Founders Circle has the privilege of "Investing in People", those who are building these #breakawaygrowth companies. Investing directly into these start-ups are their business building partners--August, Baseline, Battery, DFJ, Greylock, IVP, Lightspeed, Kleiner, Pivot North, Scale--helping these companies to endure.
Often, the spotlight is cast deservedly on the company's leadership. However, the achievements are typically at the hands of Vice Presidents and Directors who tirelessly work behind the scenes to build the company, positioning them to be among the Top 0.3% of all private venture backed start-ups.
The Circle is a community of #breakawaygrowth company peers with the aim of amplifying the highs and minimizing the lows of building their start-ups. Peers who are walking in the same shoes. Peers who are leading companies of similar size and speed. Peers who look-out for each other, helping tackle today’s issues and anticipate those that lie ahead. Think of The Circle as a personal board of directors, allowing leaders to see around corners. Here are handful of those who've been instrumental in helping build this community.