Last updated
TokBox Inc
Type Private
Industry Video conferencing
Founded1 May 2007  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
FateAcquired; brand retired
Headquarters San Francisco, California, California
Key people
  • Scott Lomond, CEO
  • Badri Rajaseker, CTO
  • Melih Onvural, Director of Product Management
  • Michael Kelleher, Director of Business Analytics
  • Ian Small, Chairman of the Board
OwnerTelefónica Digital a subsidiary of Telefónica

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 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 resources

Server SDKs

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 fibraries

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 outreach

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]





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




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 CEO's new restructuring plan. None of the original founders are currently with TokBox. [14]

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