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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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SendGrid Announces Partnerships With Three Major Tech Accelerators

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Today, we’re very excited to announce new strategic partnerships with Techstars, 500 Startups, and Global Accelerator Network. Now, the startups that are accepted into these three programs will be automatically received into our Accelerate Startup Program that gives free early access to SendGrid’s products, mentorship, and support.      As a company built for developers, by developers, we understand the complexities surrounding developing new applications and how instrumental mentorship is in overcoming them. Mentorship has had a major impact on our scalability since we graduated from TechStars in 2009, so a big part of the Accelerate Program is providing similar

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SendGrid Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple

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“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” –Tom Wolfe Last Tuesday, my colleagues and I had the pleasure of bringing the first leg of our SendGrid Delivered 2014 tour to New York City. Escaping looming thunder clouds and intermittent downpours, we kickstarted our 4 hour email boot camp to a standing room only crowd at the Ace Hotel. Our promise for this year’s email tour is that attendees will leave our free event better senders than when they arrived. In order to accomplish that, we created an agenda

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Job Searching for Dev Bootcamp Graduates

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The following is a guest post from SendGrid engineer Jeffrey Matthias. As a graduate of Dev Bootcamp, I am often asked for advice as fellow graduates begin their first job search. Admittedly, it can be a daunting task, perhaps harder than the bootcamp itself. Your New Job: Find a Job You want to get a job working full time as a developer? Landing that job is your new job. I don’t care what the situation is, plan to spend at least 40 hours a week on finding work and keeping your skills up. Don’t go too crazy beyond that, as

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