About Us

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most disruptive technology since the Industrial Revolution. Billions of connected devices are changing how we work, play, and live.

Our mission at Electric Imp is to transform the world through the power of connectivity.

We solve complex connectivity, security, and lifecycle management challenges so customers can get their IoT connected devices to market quickly — going from proof-of-concept to commercial products in mere months.

Electric Imp was founded in 2011. It is now a Twilio company.

Why ‘Electric Imp’?
Back in the late 1960s, plans were forming to build ARPANET, a wide area network to connect computers that were being used by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), to allow them to share resources and research. Over the decades since then, this network evolved and grew into what we know today as the internet.

In order to connect the diversity of minicomputers and mainframes that existed to this network, the researchers came up with a concept they called the “Interface Message Processor,” or IMP for short, which allowed computers which could not talk IP (the internet protocol) to participate in the network. Essentially, the IMP talked “internet” so other machines did not have to be taught to, increasing compatibility and reliability for everyone.

In the Internet of Things, most “things” also need such a translator to live safely on the internet, and that is how we came to the name “Electric Imp.”