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5-Year Startup Student

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In early 2009, I finished a prototype to help increase email deliverability. But solving email delivery wasn’t a one-person job. So, I approached Tim Jenkins, one of the smartest people I knew, to join the mission of increasing email deliverability for businesses. Tim joined to be responsible for all backend systems. But, backend systems would be unusable without web applications. So I called on the perfect person for this, Jose Lopez. Once Jose joined, the three of us were ready to begin our journey. Two years later, in 2011, I went from SendGrid’s CEO, to a role of learning. I

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Announcing the Getting Started Webcast Series

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We’re pumped to announce our new webcast series Getting Started With SendGrid: From Signup to Your First Send! Starting this next Wednesday, we will be hosting a bi-weekly “quickstart” webcast. Whether you’re thinking of signing up, or just need a little guidance on next steps to take, this webcast is for you! Setting up your transactional email campaign and hitting “send” on your first few emails can be pretty daunting! How do you land in the inbox? What will your email actually look like in your recipients’ inboxes? How do you stay in the good graces of internet service providers

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The Developer-ization of IT

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Developers are the new engine of innovation in business and information technology (IT) today, and their numbers are growing: The total developer population worldwide is expected to increase to 26.4 million by 2019, up from 18.2 million today, according to Evans Data Worldwide.    To fully unleash the power of developer-led innovation, a shift in mindset toward being more developer-centric will help spur the best ideas and applications. This new era of the developer-ization of IT is well underway, and much like its predecessor, the consumerization of IT,  it’s all about making stakeholders – in this case the developers – lives easier

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The SendGrid Internal Hackathon!!

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If this were a normal hackathon, I’d start this post by telling you the thirty hackers still at the event at 2:00am sat heads down, faces lit by the glow of their screens, frantically coding and debugging in a rush to finish their hacks. But this wasn’t a normal hackathon, this was the SendGrid Internal Hackathon, and instead hackers jumped on two-hundred feet of bubble wrap. The SendGrid Internal Hackathon Thursday and Friday of the last week of June, we held the first SendGrid Internal Hackathon. Technically speaking this wasn’t our first run at a hackathon for the company, but

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Startup Resources

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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

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Women and Technology: Inside Our Relationship with NCWIT

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At SendGrid, we are privileged to interact with inspiring groups across various communities. NCWIT (the National Center for Women & Information Technology) is an organization that vibrantly stands out. Recently, two separate events allowed us to further our relationship and involvement with them. Aspirations in Computing Within NCWIT, the Aspirations in Computing program meaningfully engages high-potential young women in tech. Every year, the program honors high school level young women for their computing-related achievements. Award recipients are selected based on a variety of factors: technology and computing ability, leadership skills, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Consequently, they receive

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E Is For “Execution”–Advice on Growth and Scale

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SendGrid’s CEO, Jim Franklin recently sat down with Brent Weaver, CEO of online guru community, uGurus, to discuss SendGrid’s growth and the lessons he’s learned over the past few years. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Jim speak in a variety of forums over the past year and a half—mostly at SendGrid via our weekly “All Hands” meetings or at his frequent “Camp SendGrid” sessions where he walks team members through SendGrid’s guiding principles and our roadmap. What’s different about this latest interview is its focus on actionable advice for founders looking to grow their business. Jim and Brent cover

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