Articles by Brandon West


Brandon West

As Director of Developer Relations for SendGrid, Brandon's focus is on empowering developers to build things, gathering feedback for new features and improvements, and fostering a cooperative developer community for anything that needs email integration.

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How Email Authentication Works

Brandon West Best Practices
email authentication
Email authentication is a daunting subject. There's an alphabet soup of acronyms and initialisms. There are often casual references to technologies that usually only IT professionals are familiar with. But the core concepts are not complicated, and most everyone will be able to quickly understand them. Let's talk about the three most important email authentication protocols in plain language, using real-world analogies. Read More ›

SendGrid Partners with FullContact and the Denver Broncos to Tackle STEM

Brandon West Community, Company, Events
SendGrid is excited to be partnering will FullContact and the world champion Denver Broncos to host the Tackle STEM Colorado All-Stars Hackathon this fall. The Colorado All-Stars Hackathon offers participants an opportunity to interact with professionals from the industry and gain insightful knowledge about their chosen stream of study. The goal is to challenge aspiring students and technology enthusiasts to explore feasible ideas, develop their team skills and strengthen their network. Read More ›

Replacing the Mandrill Heroku Add-on with the SendGrid Add-on

Brandon West Technical
Replacing the Mandrill Heroku Add-on with the SendGrid Add-on

In light of Mandrill shutting down it’s Heroku add-on, we know there are some Heroku users who are looking for an alternative. Fortunately, Glenn Gillen, who just switched his app ContentFocus from Mandrill to SendGrid, put together a helpful how-to on how to update your ruby apps to use SendGrid. Below are instructions adapted from Glenn’s post: Install the SendGrid Add-On Open up your terminal and use the Heroku CLI to install the add-on. Configure SendGrid You’ll need to set up a bunch of things to verify your new account and maximize your email deliverability. And you don’t want any of these things impacting your app after you’ve switched over. Confirm your email address. And then move straight onto “Whitelabels” inRead More ›