Spotlight on a Layer user: HouseCall

Q&A with Cofounder Roland Ligtenberg Editor’s note: The HouseCall team is impressive. They were founding members and all worked together at Qualcomm Labs, an incubator within Qualcomm that focuses on wireless product development. Their vision for HouseCall is something anyone who’s hired a service professional can immediately see the need for. It’s been a pleasure […]

Toasting 470 Alabama Street

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our new Mission District workspace Tuesday night. It was a pleasure to meet so many developers and designers conceiving of the next great mobile and web product experiences, built on top of Layer.

How we leverage iOS push notifications

Push notifications are a way for an app to send information to the user’s phone even when the app isn’t in use. From the user’s perspective this is an extremely valuable feature. It gets information delivered, and does it in near real time. From the developer’s perspective, however, using APNS (Apple Push Notification Service) can […]

An open letter to applicants of Layer’s beta

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 […]

Spotlight on a Layer user: Web Summit

Editor’s note: We’re sharing the stories of the apps and developers who were chosen to receive early access to the Layer service. Today’s Q&A is with Web Summit CTO Tony Ennis. Web Summit is the tech event to attend in Europe and it’s growing more than 100 percent year over year. This year was the […]

Spotlight on a Layer user: WillCall

Editor’s note: We’re sharing the stories of the apps and developers who were chosen to receive early access to the Layer service. Today’s Q&A is with WillCall co-founder and CEO Donnie Dinch and head of product Emmanuel Pozo. WillCall is a sleek app that’s redefining the entire experience of finding and attending the best concerts […]

Spotlight on a Layer user: Sunrise Calendar

Editor’s note: Beginning today, we’re sharing the stories of the apps and developers who are being given early access to the Layer service. Today’s Q&A is with Sunrise Calender CEO and co-founder Pierre Valade. Sunrise is a much lauded, beautifully designed calendar app that has attracted more than a quarter million users in the seven […]

Eight days in: you guys are amazing

From the time the idea for Layer was conceived, our heads have been spinning thinking about the possibilities. We’ve spoken exhaustively both internally among ourselves and externally with app developers about the envelope-pushing ways the platform could be leveraged. But even so, we’re amazed at the cool things you’re building and the level of enthusiasm […]

And… We won Disrupt!

Last week was a whirlwind. The TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield began with thirty innovative and broad-ranging startups and ended with the sixteen of us Layer folk standing on stage accepting the Disrupt cup. The competition was fierce and the judges were among the most skilled investors in tech. Needless to say, we couldn’t be more […]

Layer advances to the finals

We got word that we made the finals in the TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield in San Francisco. The competition started out with 29 companies and was steep. Many described this year’s batch as the most formidable in the history of the competition. Needless to say, advancing is a huge deal for Layer and we couldn’t […]

Introducing Layer

The Internet needs an open communications layer—cross-platform, and free from an advertising supported business model. Developers that have tried to build rich, secure, scalable communications in their products know that it’s extremely hard to do right. Solving authentication, security, sync, offline messages, push notifications and a plethora of other problems is a challenge by itself. […]