Category Archives: Community

Productivity Tools for Work-Life Balance

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Working smart is part of any job. As a developer evangelist, I have to play multiple roles, and there are some tools that I always rely on to help me do a better/faster job. Here are some of them, and hopefully they can also be of use to you. Email Tools Boomerang Boomerang for Gmail is a Chrome/Firefox/Safari extension that lets you schedule emails to be sent later, or set reminders. I love this tool and have been using it non-stop since the day I installed. Replying to emails at 1am (not recommended, but it happens) and don’t want to

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How to Survive as a Developer Evangelist

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If you’re here, you already know (roughly) what a developer evangelist is. You know that we’re Globetrotters, Hackers, Hustlers, Teachers, Mentors and Frequent-Flyer Mile Collectors. You have an idea of what a developer evangelist does. If you’re interested in becoming a developer evangelist, good on you. It’s the best job in the world; it truly is. HOWEVER, as you’re sure to find out, it is exhausting. In this post, I’m hoping to help minimise that exhaustion, and help you to avoid the dreaded burn-out. I’m recently back from Paris. I was there for Music Hackday (one of my favourite events),

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Snow Monkeys and SendGrid: A Match Made in Japan

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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

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Gmail’s Spam Feedback Loop: SendGrid’s First-hand Experience

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Dear Gmail Team, Gmail will be 10 years old next month. Congrats! I love the innovations you’ve made over the past decade. Thanks to you, my email is more useful and accessible than it ever was. I’m delighted by the Gmail feedback loop, one of those behind the scenes innovations that regular users won’t notice. Since I am responsible for keeping SendGrid’s email stream clean, I am especially grateful for the helpful data that’s now available to trustworthy email service providers. SendGrid’s anti-spam team has been making effective use of the spam feedback you share. It identifies spammers that other

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Don’t Tell Developers What To Build

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Don’t tell developers what to build–simple advice that should be central to all hackathons. However, it’s all too frequently ignored by hackathon organizers. Hackathons are a time for developers to learn new technology, meet new people, and pick up new skills. As a rule, it’s better for open exploration to have an unstructured environment rather than a highly regulated one. However, organizers often make the mistake of thinking that rules and structure will create a better event that better conforms to their preferred outcome. A developer’s job is to solve problems and get around obstacles. When an organizer tells a

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Developer Organizers of Brazil Unite

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I’m a developer. I try to be an active member of the developer community, in Brazil and the surrounding region. I wrote a Latin America year in review about the unique opportunities and challenges in my community. There aren’t as many developer events here and we need to change that. Much of my role at SendGrid is finding out what communities need to grow, and helping them with that, or co-organizing and starting events. Here are a few recent and upcoming events that I’ve had a hand in: devbeers API Hack Day SP BRAPPS Hackathon Docker Meetup SP Startup Weekend

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So You Want to Be a Developer Evangelist?

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Developer evangelists are a unique breed, a combination of developers, teachers, passionate communicators and frequent flyer mile collectors. SendGrid’s team is now over 10 people, who often share details of their craft on this blog. Below you’ll find a bit more about being a developer evangelist, from how you explain the job to others to putting together a demo. A Day at a Hackathon as a Developer Evangelist Developer evangelists do a lot of things, but going to hackathons is often a big part of the job. This puts you in front of new users of your product and at

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