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About Brandon West

As a Developer Evangelist 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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Lone Star Ruby Hackathon Recap

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Last weekend after the Lone Star Ruby Conference in Austin, a group of developers gathered at Capital Factory for an overnight hackathon with a focus on communications. In addition to the awesome support and space donated by Capital Factory, the event was put on by Context.io, Twilio, SendGrid, and Searchify. The prizes were big ticket items, with first place taking home a MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and the runner-up getting a Thunderbolt Cinema Display. There were also prizes for the best use of Twilio and the best use of SendGrid. Related PostsThe 3 C’s of Developer Relations Inside the

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A Hackathon with a Civic Focus: Colorado Code for Communities

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I see a lot of ideas at hackathons that are fun but not necessarily useful, or that are useful but not solving big problems. That’s not a judgment on building things solely for fun or as novelties; that’s a big part of the spirit of hacking, and it’s hard to tackle big problems in a couple days. But the focus was a little bit different at the Colorado Code for Communities hackathon last weekend at Uncubed in Denver, where a group of hackers, local representatives and local sponsors got together to “build and improve the latest apps that bring sustainability

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Hacking for Stacks of Cash: API Hackday Portland recap

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Portland is one of my favorite cities. There’s amazing beer, ridiculously good coffee, a variety of awesome restaurants and food carts, a great public transit system, and a bunch of friendly people. There’s also a solid tech scene that is growing with the help of incubators like PIE. It’s easy to see why companies and their employees might want to start in Portland or relocate there, and that makes it a great place for hackdays.

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SendGrid’s API Workshop – Interactive API Documentation

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We have updated this system and moved it, please check out our Code Workshop here. Sometimes it’s easier to understand how something works by seeing it in action rather than by reading about it. To make it easier to explore what our API is capable of and let customers try out API calls without having to write code, we’ve created our API Workshop. Ready to take it for a spin? Start by putting in your SendGrid credentials: Related PostsOpen Source Documentation: One Year Later Startup Resources Delivering Beers Hand Over Wrist! Simulating Pokemon with SendGrid (and an Audience) Oh, Cardless: My

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Use SendGrid SMTP with SocialEngine

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SocialEngine is social network software that helps users build their own customized community websites. With over 8,000 websites utilizing their software, they are one of the most popular social networking web applications around. The following video shows how you can setup SocialEngine to send emails through the cloud-based SendGrid SMTP service. If you haven’t checked out SocialEngine and are thinking about adding social networking features to your website, give them a look. If you’re an existing SocialEngine customer, integrate with your SendGrid and start seeing the benefits of analytics, improved deliverability, and a flexible API for your email needs. Related

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SendGrid is now part of the CloudBees Ecosystem

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SendGrid is happy to announce that we’ve partnered with CloudBees, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider that offers cloud-based services for building, testing and deploying Java web applications. CloudBees and SendGrid are both focused on reducing the friction that developers have to deal with when it comes to configuring and building out infrastructure so that they can spend their time building great things. If you’ve got a CloudBees account, you’ll soon be able to enable SendGrid from the CloudBees Ecosystem page with one simple click. SendGrid is a great choice for CloudBees customers looking to add a robust cloud-based SMTP email

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