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I've loved being able to hack away on projects with Twilio for a while now. They're relatively easy to get started with, and this is going to make it even easier. 10,000 invocations free, with subsequent invocations priced at 10,000/$1 seems like a great model. No idea about how this scales financially, compared to other similar services. But as someone making relatively limited use tools, most without a business model, their pricing certainly keeps me feeling great about using them.



Well, to be honest, compute is becoming a commodity very quickly. We offer 100,000 invocations free and offer 50,000 per $1 [1] with a paid account. There are some pretty smart people who have talked at length about startups historically underpricing, but I think we're making a bet on the raw value of compute trending to zero. (This is a weird thing to say outright, our goal, generally, is to change the way people think about service composition and building things on the internet.)

Twilio is interesting because they're offering this as a business-specific offering i.e., integrate with Twilio directly (SMS, voice), which on its face is actually more valuable than, say, a "generalized compute platform" (which we've referred to ourselves as, at times). I think it'll be really interesting to see how Twilio markets + plays with this model --- theoretically if it sells their other services they could get away with this being a loss-leader, which is an intriguing concept.

[1] https://stdlib.com/pricing/


> I think we're making a bet on the raw value of compute trending to zero.

I'm thinking you mean the COST of compute here. If that's the case, I actually disagree on cost trend direction. I think the raw cost of compute will slowly increase. Long story but most of it borders on the economics of cloud computing.


Somebody above pointed out that they're using Lambda.

So you can figure out their loss/margin based off the public Lambda pricing model.

Lambda costs 0.00001667 per GB-s... so if each Twilio function used 1GB of memory and ran for 1 second, it would cost them $0.17 per month to serve you.

Since the max memory in Lambda is 1.5GB and the max runtime is 5 minutes... the worst case is that twilio is spending $75 for those 10k requests. I assume they were smart enough to use lower amounts of memory and set the maximum runtime of the Lambda function pretty low, like a few seconds.




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