Category Archives: Community

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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SendGrid Accelerate: Startup Beers, Newcastle

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As part of the SendGrid Accelerate program, I spent a day up in Newcastle, UK mentoring teams on the Ignite100 accelerator based out of the community backed, and absolutely huge, Campus North workspace. We have a great relationship with Ignite and Campus North. We work together to run a fantastic networking event for northeast-based startups and developers called Startup Beers. The event is now well over a year old and shows no signs of slowing down, or being any less helpful for teams looking to meet new colleagues, or developers, or just to get some feedback on their ideas. Whilst

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Young Rewired State & Code on the Road

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“It was a sea of Blue SendGrid T-Shirts. Everywhere I looked, I saw SendGrid! You guys rock!” My first answer when asked the question “What do Developer Evangelists do?” is always: We empower and nurture developers. In previous talks I’ve given and articles I’ve written, I’ve described how teaching, mentoring, empowering, and nurturing are the most important parts of my job, and there’s no age limit to which this help is confined. In the many hackathons I (and the rest of the Developer Evangelist team) travel to, I see developers of all ages and I’m never more impressed, and quite

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