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Innovation is everywhere. In 2007, we began podcasting and interviewing technology experts and innovators. In 2010, we rolled out our online magazine Techistan and social video Muntwo. We are media partner for hundreds of Earth's favorite empowering events. We hope you enjoy listening to our conversations here on DIDX podcasts.

About us: Super Technologies, Inc. was a dotcom startup in 1999 ... providing voice over dialup Internet services and Virtual Phone Lines (a service that enables people and organizations to have a local presence in any of up to 60 countries and be a local call to their VIP) via direct inward dialing and SIP.

In 2005, we started DIDX, enabling 10 telecoms to buy and/or sell phone numbers wholesale. By 2011, we now serve 18,000 wholesale IP communications companies on DIDX.

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DIDX Audio Podcasts is a program devoted to the art and craft of technology and social leadership and inspiration. The show, created and hosted by the DIDX.net team since 1999, features interviews with real people who have accomplished things we want to share. They are of different nations, religions, careers, gender, and attitudes. Be inspired! And please recommend others for us to interview and let you eavesdrop on!

Download Eavesdrop on me and Venky of Open Source Plivo Unified Communications Platform (Echo, Suzanne's fault) 03-12-2016 (16.68 MB)

Duration: 18:13 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 128 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Eavesdrop on me and Venky of Open Source Plivo Unified Communications Platform (Echo, Suzanne's fault)

  • Eavesdrop on me and Venky of Open Source Plivo Unified Communications Platform (Echo, Suzanne's fault)
    • (First, blame the echo on the fact that I used Callburner for the first time to record because Pamela and PrettyMay were not working, and I was afraid to reduce noise more without clipping pieces from the podcast. Blame the echo on me, Suzanne Bowen.)

      Now, let's enjoy! How do we best meet people and organizations to do business with? My favorite ways are via social networking sites and face to face meet-ups. We were desperately searching via Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook for those who were participating in CommunicAsia 2011. One of the first to reply was Venky from Plivo which resulted in plans to record an audio interview for you to eavesdrop on.

      Why the name Plivo for this open source platform orchestrated by Venky (Primary Bug Injector), Michael Ricordeau (The Code Legion), Areski Belaid (Baker), and Nimish V. Adani (Eluding Multi-tasker)?

      Venky's answer, "I have a fetish for five letter names. We had this domain Plivo.com. We really didn't know what to do with it. Then, we came along with this framework, and we think it is quite ?-breaking in terms of open source. Plivo was tagged on it, and it was on its way."

      Venky and Mike R. collided accidentally online when Ricordeau was doing a prototype, working to integrate a telephony switch and a web application. Venky had opened a VoIP startup. They both agreed the experience of integrating the web application was irritating.

      So as Venky said, "It's time to eat our own dog food, and that is how we got started."

      David Heinemeier Hansson of Ruby on Rails, Matt Mullenweg of Wordpress, and Anthony Minessale of FreeSWITCH are an inspiration to Venky in his open source work and development.

      ... (I have written a full article and will point readers and listeners to it soon here on DIDX podcasts.)

      How is Plivo able to run in a scalable and clustered way? What underlies Plivo is FreeSWITCH. Venky says to run one instance of Plivo and one of FreeSWITCH on the same box. Have as many boxes as you want to scale seamlessly.

      On the podcast we discuss the areas where most Plivo developers are and the problems that Plivo solves also.

      Today's applications do not work in isolation. Whether the telephony switch is Asterisk or FreeSWITCH, developers need to integrate other entities like databases, social networks, and external APIs. Plivo is an enabler here to do exactly this for a service that will be more a unified communications provision, not just voice. Venky says that even DIDX APIs can be integrated with Plivo and he explains why. Or ... people can bring in their own carriers. (Listen about 06:45.8 into the podcast.)

      We also discuss how Plivo is different from Twilio. Venky mentions that Twilio is meant for mobile and PSTN; whereas, Plivo integrates mobile, PSTN, SIP, Skype and Gtalk, and others like them which enables ... again starting a real unified communications service.

      Be sure to visit http://www.plivo.com and get it spinning on systems and give feedback back to Venky and them. Sign up at http://www.cluecon.com.



    Keywords: venky, open source, telephony, ip telephony, ip communications, unified communications, plivo, cluecon, freeswitch, start a voip business, suzanne bowen, didx