You’re invited: open house at Layer HQ for Google I/O

Kick off Google I/O with us! If you’ll be in San Francisco for Google I/O, you’re invited to join us the night before it starts for an open house at Layer HQ. On behalf of co-hosts Layer, Bloomberg Beta, Homebrew, Data Collective, Fuel Capital, Morado Ventures and AME Cloud Ventures, we hope to see you […]


Passing the Disrupt Cup

Last September we had the tremendous honor of winning TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco’s Startup Battlefield, joining the ranks of successes like Mint.com and Yammer. I can’t imagine a better way to launch a technology company than TechCrunch Disrupt. Since we won: We’ve had more than 6,000 requests for access to our beta from individuals and […]

Why I joined Layer

More than anything else, the Internet is about communication. It has made our world smaller and more connected, bringing us closer through shared experience. Emailing, instant messaging, commenting, posting, and tweeting have become familiar verbs that define our experience online. And each year our online experience has grown more and more entwined and synonymous with […]

Fight back today against mass surveillance

Today is The Day We Fight Back. It’s a coming together of technology companies everywhere to show that we won’t tolerate the practice of online spying on Internet users by the US government and the NSA. Layer stands in firm support. As we shared when we launched last year, trust, privacy and security are among […]

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 […]

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 […]