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.

Choosing My First Drink With SendGrid, Foursquare, Node.js and


I turned 21 on Saturday at PayPal Battle Hack NYC. Not being from the city, I wanted to find out where to go to get my first drink. I knew I had a chance to get up and speak at the beginning of the event, so I decided to create an app to help me figure out where I should go Saturday evening. I’m sharing it here in case you ever find yourself in a strange city (21st birthday or not) and want to find out where to go eat or get a drink. The app is built on Node.js with the Express framework. It displays a list of nearby venues, grabbing my location and venue information from Foursquare and Read More ›

How I Explained SendGrid to My Parents

Company, Product

Hi, I’m Nick. I’m a new Developer Evangelist here at SendGrid. I’m excited to help developers build great things and be creative. When I explain the value of SendGrid to developers, they get it. After getting the job, I found myself explaining SendGrid to non-developers, like friends and family. Notably, one of my toughest early audiences were two people I’ve known all my life. I thought I’d share the conversation I had with my mom and dad, so no one else needs to explain that SendGrid isn’t, in fact, a company that distributes graph paper. What’s this company that you hired you? SendGrid makes it really easy for programmers to make applications that send email. In fact, we’ve made it Read More ›