Category Archives: Community

SendGrid is Helping Bring StartupBus to India

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Last year I got to ride on the StartupBus from New York to Austin, Texas. My team and I created a StartUp in 3 days, got the ability to demo in front of some amazing judges and got great feedback/friends along the way. When Prateek from AirPair mentioned the opportunity to help bring that amazing experience to aspiring entrepreneurs and developers in India, I jumped at the chance. As of now, I’m working with Prateek Gupta from AirPair, Taylor Wallace from WeVue, and the past conductor of the Florida bus, to help bring the India trip to fruition. Below is

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Help Contribute to SendGrid’s Open Source Documentation

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I have been the documentation developer at SendGrid for a couple weeks now. I was hired to organize and improve the customer facing documentation from a content, engagement, and functional perspective. The outpouring of excitement for enhancing our documentation is absolutely amazing. Everyone I have talked to has willingly offered their time and knowledge to make sure that I have the resources and information I need to get my job started. Everyone also has thoughts and ideas on what we can do with docs to make them better. Our documentation has touched or has been touched by nearly every single

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The 4 S’s of a Good API Demo

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Guy Kawasaki’s “The Macintosh Way,” is packed with good advice and is a quick read that you should absolutely check out. You can get The Macintosh Way as a free download. In it, there’s a chapter called “How to Give Good Demo,” where Kawasaki suggests that good demos should be short, simple, sweet, swift, and substantial, and that starting with a script that satisfies these requirements is the foundation for success. As sound as Guy’s advice is, we face different limitations than he faced in 1983. Our audiences have a way to tune out a bad demo instantly by grabbing

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Why HackRU Is My Favorite Hackathon

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My all-time favorite hackathon took place this past weekend at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Now, I’m definitely biased this being my alma mater and all (plus having helped plan and run it for a year and a half :P) so please keep that in mind with what follows. Here are a few things that I think HackRU continues to do well. Scale naturally At no point has HackRU “tried to get bigger.” Bigger does not always mean better when it comes to hackathons. As attendance grows, it becomes much harder to provide an exceptional experience. The very first HackRU

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How I Value Open Source (Part 1)

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This article is a personal look at Open Source, and how I value it. Part 2 will be a deeper dive into Open Source. Its true values, success stories, horror stories, licenses, and much more. Make sure you come back to read that one! I gave a talk last week at WXG 2014 on “The Value of Open Source.” This topic is something near and dear to all of our hearts here at SendGrid, and was definitely an eye opener for me; revealing a lack of Open Source uptake in the developer community. Around 1/3 of my audience didn’t embrace Open Source

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SendGrid <3 Students

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Here at SendGrid we are huge advocates of community. Therefore, when John Britton reached out regarding joining their new student initiative, Student Development Pack, we all got suuuuper excited!     SendGrid’s Accelerate.EDU Package Today’s students are building the next generation of innovative apps and we want to help provide them with the tools they need to succeed. Offering our services, mentorship, or just a friendly high five (we have an unlimited amount of these!) are just a few examples. So joining GitHub’s new student initiative was a no brainer. We want to help the next generation of students build something awesome.

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Open Source Documentation: One Year Later

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A year ago, we open sourced our documentation, with the hypothesis that it would improve the docs by adding feedback loops and removing barriers that discourage contribution. We also wanted to share what we had learned during the process. I’m glad to say that so far the results have been good, and the decision to open source our documentation continues to help us improve it as a product. Where We Are Now We’ve had 59 different contributors to the docs repo since we open sourced it, with around 15 of those contributors being community members rather than SendGrid employees. Considering

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