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Send Welcome Emails with SendGrid and UserApp

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The following is a guest post from Timothy E. Johansson at UserApp. So you wake up in the middle of the night with this awesome idea of Instagram for hipster cats. What do you do? You throw yourself at your laptop to start working on it before anyone else gets the same idea. Do you start by configuring your email server? No. Do you start by building the user authentication system with a nice GUI to manage your future users? No. While still half asleep, you most likely start with the core idea — the thing that makes your app

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Read Receipts with the Event Webhook

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This guest post comes from Chris Gutierrez, an Engineer at apartment hunting app RadPad. At RadPad, we recently rolled out a messaging system for renters to communicate with landlords within our mobile and web apps. As a mobile centric rental marketplace, we wanted communication on RadPad to be as simple and familiar as sending a text message. On top of being able to send messages through our apps, we wanted users to be able to read and respond to messages via email. One detail we wanted to include in messaging is read receipts, a small response after a recipient has

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Personalization Can Turn Your Emails Into A Product Users Want

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This guest post comes from Bandsintown, the No. 1 concert discovery application. Concert-goers are busy with their work and social life, making it hard to stay up on their favorite bands’ live performances. In fact, about 35% to 40% of seats go unsold every year, primarily because fans don’t know which artists are playing in their area. In live music, your most dedicated fans need you to find them, not the other way around. We created Bandsintown to solve this problem, making sure you’d never miss another live show by your favorite artist, and personalized, geotargeted emails help drive this.

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From Internal IT to Hacking Robots in Warsaw

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This post comes from Kevin Grablin, IT Operations Engineer and SendGrid’s newest employee ambassador. “How would you like to go to Makerland in Warsaw?” I almost fell off the ski-lift at Eldora when Tim Falls (Director of Developer Relations) offered me the opportunity to fly 5,302 miles to Warsaw Poland to attend the first ever Makerland conference. He was offering me my first chance to play the role of a SendGrid Ambassador and attend an amazing event. It’s important to understand why this was such a huge deal for me, as my role in SendGrid is not that of a

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Hack Video Games With SendGrid

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The following is a guest post from Alex Reed, one of SendGrid’s European Ambassadors. I would be lying if I didn’t say that my favourite feature in the SendGrid API set is the Inbound Parse Webhook. Being able to receive email into a web application/service, as easily as SendGrid makes it, is an absolute joy! (It even allows the parsing of attachments, and email header-data!) My background is C#, making apps to hack video games, and some Ruby doing web services. Gaming is a huge part of my background, which actually got me into programming in the first place. So

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How Do You Manage an Expert Freelancer?

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The following is a guest post from Nick Woodhams, co-founder of WorkMob, a startup that helps you structure your project and matches you to expert freelance developers for all your platform needs. Freelancing is supposed to be fun, right? You set your own hours. You choose the work you find interesting. If you’re a solid developer, you can pull down a respectable income while maintaining some of that mythical “life” everyone in the startup grind is always fantasizing about. At least that’s what I thought when I was 19. I was a young developer, eager to do my own thing

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Real-time News Monitoring with FeedsAPI and SendGrid

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The following is a guest post from Charly Omer, Founder and CEO of the real-time news monitoring tool FeedsAPI, a service to help journalists, editorial teams, and geeks monitor news source and fetch full text RSS feeds in real-time. FeedsAPI is mainly a full text RSS feed and news-monitoring tool. It makes it exceptionally easy and simple for startup companies, developers, and RSS-reader users to turn shortened RSS feeds into full text RSS feeds. This helps people clean the clutter with online content. FeedsAPI will also help you track developing news stories via emails and push notifications in real-time. Why Email? A

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