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news about Layer from around the web.


Recent coverage

Feb 24, 2017

Layer Acquires Messaging Startup Cola to Help Businesses Improve Customer Engagement

Layer Inc. announced the acquisition of Cola, a messaging startup known for the Cola Messenger app and the Cola Bubble platform, which transforms simple communications into...Read more

Feb 16, 2016

Layer muses on messaging’s future — and why some brands should skip Facebook

If there’s anything that Facebook Messenger, Slack, and Operator have shown, it’s that we’re in an era of conversational commerce. It’s an environment where phone… Read more

Dec 28, 2015

15 interesting startups to watch in 2016

As we usher in another year, we brace for the next wave of innovation, disruption, consolidation, and dissolution. What will be the next big thing that everyone… Read more

Sep 22, 2015

Communications Platform Layer Adds Support For Webhooks

The company explains via blog post that, while the Layer Platform API is used to input data into conversations, webhooks can serve as an output. “As a developer,… Read more

May 6, 2015

Communications Platform Layer Expands To Web, Announces Fund To Back Layer-Powered Apps

TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield alumni and former Disrupt winner Layer, a company that is offering developers tools to build their own communications platforms where… Read more

Feb 25, 2015

As messaging apps proliferate, one service aims to power them all

We live in a world where messaging apps command $20 billion valuations, but amidst that embarrassment of riches is a major pain for users: each massively successful… Read more

Feb 25, 2015

Layer rolls out turnkey messaging platform and Atlas UI tools for app developers

With the numbers of people using messaging apps already huge and still growing, many developers are looking for easy ways to build the functionality into their own… Read more


  • Founded

  • CEO

    Ron Palmeri
  • Team

  • Investors

    SV Angel, AME Cloud Ventures, Greycroft, Promus Ventures, CrunchFund, Fuel Capital and others
  • Founders

    Ron Palmeri & Tomaz Stolfa
  • Offices

    San Francisco
  • Customers

    Over 400 paying customers
  • Capital raised

    Over $20 million


  • Mar 2013 - Layer's first lines of code are written.
  • Sep 2013 - Layer is announced at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.
    Layer wins the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield.
  • Nov 2013 - Layer's early access program starts with a few selected partners.
  • 2014
  • Mar 2014 - SV Angel, AME Ventures, Greycroft and others invest in Layer.
    Layer's early access program expands.
  • Oct 2014 - Layer's service is production ready with a handful of paying customers.
  • 2015
  • Feb 2015 - After an extensive early access program, Layer opens up to everyone.
    Layer releases an iOS version of the open-source UI kit for messaging.
  • May 2015 - Layer powers over 100 live applications.
  • Jun 2015 - Layer releases the Platform API, enabling application-to-user messaging, including announcements.
  • Oct 2015 - Layer releases Client API, enabling web and desktop messaging application.
  • Nov 2015 - Layer powers over 300 live applications including Hinge, Udacity, Trunk Club and Onefootball.
  • 2016
  • Feb 2016 - Layer's Webhooks enable real-time external services integration.
  • Apr 2016 - The Layer Web SDK, powering mobile and desktop messaging experiences in browsers and hybrid applications, is production ready.
  • Jun 2016 - Layer launches a Messaging Design Kit for Sketch to help product designers craft better messaging experiences.

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