Startup Resources

Community, Company, Partnerships
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Startups Are Everywhere We hear a lot about startups in the news, blogs, movies, and even commercials. The notion of creating a product with nothing but sheer willpower, ramen, some college buddies, and an empty garage sounds romantic. Dreams of hockey stick growth, press in TechCrunch, and Mark Cuban becoming an investor feels inevitable. In my opinion those hopes and dreams are fuel in the nascent stages of your company, but not usually what happens. It’s Hard It’s hard work finding product-market fit. That process takes time, money, and resources (commodities most startups are lacking). However, many companies such as SendGrid provide those resources that startups have usually paid for. I’ve compiled a list below of a some of the

Get More Marketing Email Power with Digioh and SendGrid

Digioh and SendGrid logo

The following is a guest post from Rishi Shah, Co-founder and CEO of Digioh. Digioh allows you to securely send, store, and deliver large files from the cloud, and keep track of every download, all without having to write a single line of code, or ever having to use FTP. Send downloadable files through email Remember when you could send attachments–your beautifully designed one-pager or catchy new mp3 single–to your email marketing lists? If you’re as old as I am, you do, and you may also know that, because of the rise of virus-embedded attachments, most email marketing systems don’t let you do this anymore (and those that do typically end up in the spam folder). For the many of

SendGrid Announces Partnerships With Three Major Tech Accelerators

Company, Partnerships

Today, we’re very excited to announce new strategic partnerships with Techstars, 500 Startups, and Global Accelerator Network. Now, the startups that are accepted into these three programs will be automatically received into our Accelerate Startup Program that gives free early access to SendGrid’s products, mentorship, and support.      As a company built for developers, by developers, we understand the complexities surrounding developing new applications and how instrumental mentorship is in overcoming them. Mentorship has had a major impact on our scalability since we graduated from TechStars in 2009, so a big part of the Accelerate Program is providing similar guidance. Our international Developer Relations team will be leading this effort—they are known for providing their expertise and support at

SendGrid Brings Email Deliverability to the IBM Cloud Marketplace


Today, we’re announcing a partnership with IBM that brings powerful email deliverability and scalability to the IBM Cloud marketplace. With our partnership, IBM clients can integrate a simple cloud-based email engine utilizing SendGrid’s proven delivery infrastructure into their web and mobile applications. The IBM Cloud marketplace offers clients access to more than 100 SaaS applications, IBM’s Bluemix platform-as-a-service with its suite of composable services, the powerful SoftLayer infrastructure-as-a-service and IBM’s rich intellectual capital and deep industry expertise. This single online destination with a suite of cloud services delivers a new buying experience for clients that enables line of business professionals to deploy new services faster, allows developers to build them with greater speed, and offers IT departments more creative, efficient,

Join SendGrid at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco (April 14th-17th)

Events, Partnerships

This week is shaping up to be an exciting and busy one for us here at SendGrid. We’re happy to share that SendGrid is participating in Red Hat’s premier open source event for the enterprise IT industry, The Red Hat Summit 2014. The Red Hat Summit is kicking off today and lasts through Thursday, April 17th. Visit SendGrid @ Exhibit #1106 We invite you to visit SendGrid in the Partner Pavilion where you can learn about our participation in Red Hat’s OpenShift Marketplace, where customers of all sizes can learn, try, and buy application development solutions for DevOps. From the OpenShift Marketplace, customers can now access and manage their applications securely from a single, simple and safe location making it

Snow Monkeys and SendGrid: A Match Made in Japan

Community, Partnerships
SendGrid for Snow Monkeys

In December, we launched our partnership with Kozo Keikaku Engineering in Japan. In February, Brandon and I ventured back across the Pacific to visit our friends and jumpstart our involvement with the Tokyo developer community. It was such an amazing experience, I deemed it worthy of some real estate on the blog. Hopefully you’ll find the story as enjoyable as our trip. Hacking across Tokyo Music Hackday Tokyo Once again we joined the MHD crew for a weekend of hacking, which is always music to our ears. It was a packed house with around 200 people in attendance for the opening reception and approximately 150 developers building apps throughout the weekend. Since our friend, Mager already wrote up a nice review

AirPair Helps Developers Help Other Developers

Community, Partnerships

Upon meeting with the founders of AirPair last week at the Pivotal SF offices, I was immediately excited to work with them. Today, we’re happy to announce our inclusion in the launch of their Trusted Partner Community. What is AirPair? AirPair is an online platform that delivers pay-as-you-go remote assistance from leading software engineers via video chat and screen sharing. AirPair gets requests for help ranging from technology startups needing instant programming expertise for building apps, to businesses who want to call on external insights for help with their own internal IT implementations. The leading experts in AirPair’s network can be located anywhere in the world and cover a wide range of software languages and tools. The company has over 1,000 experts, many of whom

Integrate SendGrid Into Your Applications With Nitrous.IO


As we continue to work with great companies that share our passion for making the lives of developers easier, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Nitrous.IO. Nitrous.IO is a lightning fast cloud-based development environment platform with a web-based IDE and cloud VMs. Supported environments include Ruby, Python, Node.js, Go, and PHP. Nitrous.IO makes it super easy to code from your local machine or any modern browser and collaborate with colleagues around the world seamlessly. Nitrous.IO’s clean design and extremely fast responsive UI comes bundled with all the tools you need to dive in and start coding. Their platform allows you to create a “box” to run servers and then test your app live from their environment. And it comes fully

Jelastic and SendGrid Team Up to Power Java and PHP Applications


We’re pleased to announce our latest partnership with Jelastic. Jelastic is a leading Platform-as-Infrastructure (PaI) provider that combines the flexibility of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and the ease of use of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) within a single turnkey platform, at a fraction of the cost of existing virtualized environments. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Jelastic, enables enterprises and hosting service providers to unleash the full potential of the cloud. Benefits of Partnership Jelastic offers developers compatibility with any existing applications, simplified and automated installation and configuration, automated vertical scalability, and wide support for a variety of popular application servers and databases. Jelastic’s user interface allows developers to choose from major software stacks and set up an auto-scaling cloud environment, all within seconds. With

DataHero Launches Data Integration With SendGrid


“Unmask the answers in your data today.” This is the promise of DataHero—a data visualization application that we’re very excited to announce as a new SendGrid partner today. With DataHero, SendGrid customers will be able to unmask valuable insights from their data—without any code. SendGrid’s reporting and analytics features already give customers an inside look into their email deliverability metrics—DataHero takes that one step further by allowing users to apply filters, investigate relationships between delivery variables, and keep their SendGrid data current with DataHero Live Charts. DataHero automatically analyzes your data for patterns and trends and answers your data questions through dynamic visualizations and easy drag-drop-charting and filtering. Getting Started 1)    Create a free account: 2)    Connect DataHero to

Collect Inbound Email Using Python and Flask

Partnerships, Product, Technical

Our Inbound Parse Webhook allows your app to receive an email formatted as a JSON object for easy processing. Any script will do for creating the webhook endpoint, but in this tutorial I’ll share a simple Python microframework called Flask. Set Up and Configure your SendGrid Account The Incoming Parse Webhook is available through our free, Silver and higher plans. If you don’t have a SendGrid account, go ahead and sign up here. After completing your SendGrid account setup, we will need to create an email address to be used for receiving emails. This is achieved by setting your MX records to point at Each host will have a different method, so please check with your provider. You may

How SendGrid Enables Our Unified Mobile Communications Platform

Guest Post, Partnerships

This guest post comes from Jim Barnes of Moblico, a mobile platform for loyalty management. Mobile apps have naturally become the answer to interacting with the ever-connected consumer. We all know that it doesn’t stop at making an app. There are a number of ways you can communicate with your customer. Chiefly among them are email, SMS, and push notifications. To be able to hit all of these well, Moblico uses SendGrid and other cloud-based backend messaging services so that we can focus on our loyalty management tools for application marketers. Over the last three years developers, including our own, have built over 300 apps on our platform, which has grown to support the needs of hundreds of thousands of