Building a Community for Building Things


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Hi everyone, I’m Brandon West. I’ve just started working as a Developer Relations Engineer for SendGrid, and I’m here to help Tim Falls make our developer community the best it can be. That means I’ll be hanging out everywhere developers gather – on and offline. I’ll be attending events like hack days, Startup Weekends, conferences – anywhere people are building (or talking about building) cool things! You can consider me a general resource to web developers, ready to help in any way possible.

A little bit about myself…

I love technology and playing around with new stuff. I became addicted to computers when my dad bought an Apple IIGS sometime around 1988. Then, in 3rd grade, my computer lab teacher opened my eyes to the magic of modems. With a shiny 2400 baud in hand, I started dialing in to local bulleting board systems with phone numbers gathered from the back pages of computing magazines. The BBSes fostered communities of people that loved technology as much as I did, and I was hooked. Then a bit later the internet came along, and I was lucky enough to turn my passion into a career.

I’ve spent the last 10 years or so working in various web development roles, doing a little bit of everything along the way, from database integration to graphic design and user interactivity. I’m very excited to step out from behind the screen and get more involved in the community.

My goal is to make implementing SendGrid as easy possible so that developers can stop worrying about email infrastructure and deliverability and focus on the good stuff, like writing an awesome incoming email parsing solution or setting up email event notifications to help drive their applications. A big part of making SendGrid simple to implement is making sure we listen to your feedback – I want our demo apps, code samples, and documentation to be first class!

It’s an awesome time to be a developer — new API building blocks are popping up everyday, cloud-based services are making scalability and deployment issues easier to handle, and new devices for consuming media and utilizing the power of the internet are always just around the corner.

I’d love to hear from you if there’s anything I can help with or if you just want to talk shop – hit me up via email or on twitter, or drop a comment on this post. You can also find me on the SendGrid twitter feed anywhere you see ^bw. Let’s build something great!

 

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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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One thought on “Building a Community for Building Things

  1. Congrats!! U and I share the same timing on becoming a full fledged nerd i think.. though we had just an appleiie….and i only got hooked once i realized u could cheat at the game we had (which was 30+ floppies) if you hit the escape key because it'd let u issue dev commands…. cue BASIC, a couple weeks at the library reading technical manuals and and I can still remember the joy I experienced when i actually learned enough of it to where i could actually 'kill the dragon' without having to go through all those disks..lol….anyhow, I'm looking forward to chatting with you about random app hacks down the road…

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