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“Sitting at the Table” at SendGrid

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As part of our SendGrid Spotlight series and in celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re happy to hear from SendGrid’s Director of Revenue Marketing, Carly Brantz. I live in an affluent community where many of the women I know, and am friends with, stay at home rather than work. I can remember when I was pregnant with my second daughter, I racked my brain and could come up with only one woman who had more than one child and focused on her career. That woman advised me that to help her advance in her career, she simply didn’t talk with

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Every Startup Needs Its Historian

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A great band once said, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”…And now, a not-so-great, self-proclaimed startup guy is saying — well, you get the point. [this blast from the past, brought to you by a true 80's baby] And “To: All” a Good Day… Each of us has received it—the email to: all_company@company.com. It’s oftentimes an unwelcomed one. Sometimes it’s an outage report, sometimes it’s a new hire, and sometimes its relevance to the entire company is absurdly questionable. In some cases, it sets off a flurry of reply-all‘s, each of which begs the same question around mass relevance. However, every

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I’m Not Great at Technical Interviews. How I Got Hired.

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This post comes from Sr. Software Engineer Sam Nguyen. I’m not great at on-the-spot thinking, so I’m handicapped off-the-bat in technical interviews — especially when I have to code on a white board. I’m at my best when I have time to prepare in advance. Last year I discovered a method which played to my strengths and landed me a job that I love. The Briefcase Technique In 2012, I took a course on how to start a business called Earn One Thousand Dollars On The Side by Ramit Sethi, a business consultant. His headlines come off really scammy, but

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SendGrid Cabo Kickoff 2014

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I have been extremely fortunate to be with SendGrid for 2 1/2 years and to attend not one but all three SendGrid company kickoff events in Mexico. I am one lucky lady! I can confidently say that each one has been a special trip where I learned about the company, my coworkers, and our plans for the year. Our first trip we traveled as a group of 50 to Cancun, last year was nearly 100 when we kicked off the year in Puerto Vallarta, and this year, we almost took over the entire resort as our group of 180 arrived

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How iDoneThis Interactively Increases Productivity

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When Rodrigo Guzman was in grad school, he would lose track of his physics research. Though he spent a lot of time working, the days would blend together. He wasn’t really sure he was making forward progress. So he started outlining the important things he did each day on a calendar. This problem of understanding one’s own productivity exists outside of academia, too. Guzman co-founded iDoneThis to help others use his simple trick to track their own important things and share them with their team members. Every day, iDoneThis sends an email out to its users that requests a reply

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Customer Spotlight Series: CapLinked

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Productivity can easily be the make or break factor in a startup’s success. We started off the the productivity portion of our Customer Spotlight series with a look at BinPress last week, and this week we are focusing on another standout: CapLinked. Making it big can be decided by the slight difference between having and almost having the resources and capital at the right time or place, and that’s where CapLinked comes in. CapLinked makes it faster, safer, and easier to manage business transactions in the cloud and provides companies with easy-to-use tools for capital raises, asset sales, mergers and acquisitions, real estate deals,

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Customer Spotlight Series: BinPress

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Productivity The make or break moment for businesses comes when productivity is translated into financial success. It is, after all, THE moment of truth in knowing if your brilliant idea has the capability of becoming the next big thing. Our environment is ever-changing, competitive, and unchartered. Epic success is the goal, but will it become a reality? For start-ups, productivity can’t be measured in mouse-clicks, visits, and opt-in requests. Instead, productivity focuses on how you use human and capital resources to move your business forward. As lean, mean, fighting machines, start-ups rely on business productivity tools to provide enterprise-level solutions

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