Articles by Nick Quinlan


Nick Quinlan is a SendGrid Developer Evangelist based out of San Francisco. He works to make developers lives easier by providing them with the help they need to grow their ideas. Give him a shout, @YayNickQ.

You’re Pricing Out The Evangelist

Events
Evangelisdae Raptoridae - Extinct dinosaur evangelist

In the past, evangelists have been central to hackathons, a large group of helpful people meandering the event doing all they can to make the event better for the people there. Recently, however, I attended a hackathon where I was the only mentor wandering the event, the only one to stay past 3am, and one of only two evangelists at Read more ›


Repeat Yourself, Then Say It Again

Best Practices
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This comes from a talk I’m giving today at DevBeat (and a webinar I gave last month), it explores a key point of the talk in more depth. Don’t Repeat Yourself. It’s a rule you learn nearly the instant you start programming. As a coder, you feel dirty whenever you find repetitive code. You want to instantly refactor and make Read more ›


An Atypical Hackathon That Did It Right

Events
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This weekend I attended a hackathon in Spokane, WA. In many ways it was the best hackathon I’ve attended this year, but compared to the typical hackathon of late it was all wrong. We were served pizza, sandwiches, and Costco muffins, rather than burritos, sliders, and artisan breakfast sandwiches. No beer was served. We couldn’t eat or drink in the Read more ›


How I Explained Hackathons to My Parents

Company, Events
Talking about SendGrid

As a developer evangelist, I end up attending a lot of hackathons. I have a ton of fun at these events, helping attendees get their apps working and writing code of my own. My parents were very excited to learn about SendGrid and what Developer Evangelism is, but telling my parents, that “I love going to hackathons” elicited a more Read more ›


Fingerprinting Email Infrastructure Companies

Company, Technical
Email Intelligence in Action

Since you’re reading the SendGrid blog, it probably won’t surprise you many companies turn to email infrastructure services to send their email, rather than building your own. As an employee of one of these infrastructure companies, I’m always interested in finding out what company is behind the email getting sent. To do this I wrote a Chrome Plugin that attempts Read more ›


How I Explained Developer Evangelism to My Parents

Company
Talking about SendGrid

SendGrid makes it really easy for programmers to make applications that send email. In fact, we’ve made it so easy that we send over eight billion emails a month! Developer evangelism is a rapidly growing and emerging trend amongst tech companies. I regularly meet people in startup land, who have not heard the term. Needless to say, introducing it to Read more ›


Extract and Analyze SendGrid Event Data With Keen.IO

Best Practices, Partnerships, Technical
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Keen.IO allows companies to collect and extract data by using formats and mechanisms that make sense for their business. This means you can throw pretty much any data at Keen and request it back in any way. That’s awesome in-and-of itself, however Keen has a special integration with SendGrid’s Event Webhook that makes it super awesome. Although SendGrid offers several Read more ›


Five Out-of-the-Box Uses Of Email in Apps

Best Practices
Five Out of The Box Uses of Email

I get really excited about email. Not because I work at an email infrastructure company, but because email is a universal interface. Everyone with a computer knows how to use it. Meaning both my eighty year old grandmother and my ten year old cousin can communicate with me using the same protocol. I can choose to receive email on my terms, send Read more ›


BattleHacking My First Hackathon as a Developer Evangelist

Events
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Late last month I attended my first hackathon as an official SendGrid Developer Evangelist, PayPal’s BattleHack New York. I have attended hackathons before and I even represented SendGrid at Hack4Colorado as part of my interview process. But this was my first time solo, with our New York-based evangelist at another event. This was also a first for BattleHack. PayPal had Read more ›


SendGrid Hops Aboard The DOer Express to International Startup Fest

Events
International Startup Fest

A tour bus full of founders, business people, and programmers all sat silent in Downtown Manhattan at 8:00am, mentally preparing for two days of pitching, networking and making connections that could launch their early stage startups to success. SendGrid, Twilio and Microsoft recently partnered to bring eleven startups from New York City to Montreal for the International Startup Festival. We Read more ›