TokBox was a PaaS (Platform as a Service) company that provided hosted infrastructure, APIs and tools required to deliver enterprise-grade WebRTC capabilities. It did so primarily through its proprietary OpenTok video platform for commercial application.[1]

TokBox Inc
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Video Conferencing
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, California
OwnerTelefónica Digital a subsidiary of Telefónica
Founder(s)Serge Faguet
Ron Hose
Key peopleScott Lomond, CEO
Badri Rajaseker, CTO
Melih Onvural, Director of Product Management
Michael Kelleher, Director of Business Analytics
Ian Small, Chairman of the Board

TokBox was founded by Serge Faguet and Ron Hose. Headquartered in the SOMA (South of Market) district in San Francisco, CA. TokBox was acquired by Telefónica Digital, a subsidiary of Telefónica, in October 2012.[2]

Developer ResourcesEdit

Server SDKsEdit

Server SDKs: OpenTok's server SDKs wrap the OpenTok REST API, and let developers securely generate tokens for their OpenTok applications. Officially supported libraries include: Java and PHP. Community supported and created libraries include: Python, Ruby On Rails, .NET, Node.js, Perl, Golang.[3]

Client LibrariesEdit

Client Libraries: OpenTok's WebRTC client libraries enable video communications on a client platform. Officially supported libraries include: JavaScript, iOS and Android. Community supported and created libraries include: PhoneGap and Titanium.[4]

Developer OutreachEdit

TokBox has a long history of active engagement with the developer community. It has sponsored numerous hackathons since 2010 such as TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon,[5] API Hack Day[6] and Music Hack Day.[7]

PennApps, one of the largest of such events, takes place on University of Pennsylvania campus every semester. Over a thousand students from around the world competed in the September 2013 edition of PennApps. Four sophomore students from Carnegie Mellon University with no prior hackathon experience built Classity to showcase real-time lectures on the web and won the “Best Use of TokBox API” award.[8]



August–Series A funding from Sequoia Capital[9]
October–Launched [10]
November–Launched multi-party chat and partnership with Meebo[citation needed]


April–TokBox Version 2 launched[citation needed]
July–Series B Funding from Bain Capital Ventures and Sequoia Capital [11]
September–Launched the TokBox platform/ API[citation needed]


Added document collaboration tool—Etherpad (now owned by Google)[citation needed]


January—rolled out its first set of paid features at $9.99 per month. [citation needed]

November–Series C Funding from DAG Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and Sequoia Capital[12]
November—announced the OpenTok API[citation needed]


February—TokBox announced that as of April 5, 2011, they will be discontinuing the TokBox video chat and video conferencing service to focus solely on their API, OpenTok.[13]


TokBox was the subject of controversy when 50% of their engineering staff was fired in July 2009. This happened around the time TokBox changed CEOs. The VP of Marketing is stated as saying the firings were part of the CEOs new restructuring plan. None of the original founders are currently with TokBox.[14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cohen, A.D. (2014). Strategies in Learning and Using a Second Language. Longman applied linguistics. Taylor & Francis. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-317-86117-1.
  2. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "Telefonica Digital Buys Video Chat Platform TokBox, An Airtime For The Rest Of Us".
  3. ^ "OpenTok Server SDKs".
  4. ^ "OpenTok Client SDKs".
  5. ^ Lardinois, Frederic. "Disrupt NY 2013 Hackathon Team Wants To Build A WebRTC-Based Pandora For Exercise".
  6. ^ "API Hack Day Chicago - TokBox Blog". 16 May 2011.
  7. ^[dead link]
  8. ^ "PennApps XV".
  9. ^ "TokBox Raises $10 Million - PE Hub". PE Hub. 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  10. ^ "Wayback Machine". 2007-07-15. Retrieved 2017-10-27. {{cite web}}: |archive-url= is malformed: flag (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Kincaid, Jason. "Video Chat Service TokBox Raises $10 Million From Bain". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  12. ^ "TokBox raises $12M to jam Skype into your web browser | VentureBeat". 15 November 2010. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  13. ^ "Breaking up is hard to do - TokBox Blog". 8 February 2011.
  14. ^ Kincaid, Jason. "TokBox Fires 50% Of Engineering Team, All Founders Gone". TechCrunch.

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