Editor’s note: This letter was sent via email to everyone who’s applied to the Layer early access program, announced here when we launched.

Friend of Layer,

After we launched in September, we opened 50 slots in our early access program. The first phase of the program was a success: we learned a tremendous amount and made a lot of progress building the service and the global infrastructure to support it. We’re thankful to be immersed in such a smart, supportive community of developers and look forward to powering rich messaging, voice and video features in all of the products you’re building.

Today we move into phase two of the early access program, ahead of bringing Layer into general availability late spring/early summer 2014.

Among the group who requested access initially, we’re seeking people who meet the following, specific criteria: If you like playing around with products that still have some rough edges, have some time (one full day) to dedicate to building a prototype before the end of January, and are willing to share your very frank feedback with us (you won’t hurt our feelings).

We’d like to add you to the next batch of beta testers.

Some additional Layer news:

Thanks for your support of Layer and our mission to build the open communications layer for the Internet.

Happy holidays,
Tomaž Štolfa, Co-founder