Category Archives: Events

The Hackathon Guide to Building Your First iPhone App

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So you’re at a hackathon and just came up with an idea for an awesome mobile app. You want to start, but you are not quite sure where to begin. Your options are to use a tool like PhoneGap, or create a native application. This is definitely a personal choice, but I am a proponent for native over hybrid (PhoneGap, Titanium, etc). You will always have access to the underlying mobile platform and can create the best user experience without any lag. I personally feel that’s worth it. But you don’t know Objective-C. Not a problem! This guide will quickly

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You’re Pricing Out The Evangelist

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In the past, evangelists have been central to hackathons, a large group of helpful people meandering the event doing all they can to make the event better for the people there. Recently, however, I attended a hackathon where I was the only mentor wandering the event, the only one to stay past 3am, and one of only two evangelists at the event. The fact is, this isn’t just a single event, it’s a trend. This terrifies me. I love hackathons. They’re responsible for me being who I am today. To me, mentors are central to hackathons. They’re one of the

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Oh, Cardless: My Business Card Email App

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Due to a recent printing fail, I’ve found myself without any business cards and I’m about to head out to How To Web in Bucharest for 3 days where I’m certain I’ll meet a few folks who ask for my details. Luckily, I work for a company that makes sending and receiving emails from an application easy, so I whipped up this quick app using SendGrid and Heroku to give me a quick autoresponder on my vanity email address that will send a digital version of my business card out to whomever emails that address. It’s quick to turn around

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Marketing to Developers: Relationships Over Leads

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking to an audience of my peers at the awesome Defrag conference, held annually in Broomfield, CO. I spoke on a topic that I’ve been thinking about for some time, about how we’ve approached the community side of the SendGrid business. Here’s the complete slide deck. Let me know what you think, by commenting below or tweeting me @TimFalls. My Thesis As entrepreneurs, I believe our time is better spent building relationships rather than “generating leads.” A handshake is worth more than a click. A personal connection will create more opportunities than a cold

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Join SendGrid at Dreamforce in San Francisco (Nov 18th-21st)

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It’s shaping up to be an exciting and busy week. We’re happy to share that SendGrid is participating in salesforce.com’s annual user and developer conference, Dreamforce 2013. Dreamforce kicked off yesterday and lasts through Thursday, November 21. Exclusive SendGrid Offer and Presentation Visit SendGrid in the Developer Zone (exhibit #22) where we will have an exclusive SendGrid offer for Dreamforce 2013 attendees and where you can learn about our new API Developer Toolkit and other SendGrid tools. One of the major themes for Dreamforce 2013 will be focused on APIs and on Wednesday, November 20 @ 11:45am PT, Brian O’Neill,

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An Atypical Hackathon That Did It Right

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This weekend I attended a hackathon in Spokane, WA. In many ways it was the best hackathon I’ve attended this year, but compared to the typical hackathon of late it was all wrong. We were served pizza, sandwiches, and Costco muffins, rather than burritos, sliders, and artisan breakfast sandwiches. No beer was served. We couldn’t eat or drink in the room we were coding in. The organizer didn’t make a big deal of how much the participants could win, prizes were treated as afterthoughts. It was nothing like some of the hackathons I’ve attended recently. In fact, the participants were

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PHP Argentina Shows Tech Booming in LatAm

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I have fond memories of frameworks like PHPNuke and Mambo and clients who wanted me to build large subsets of the Internet, all in PHP. So it was an amazing experience for me to share time with seasoned PHP veterans, sharing their trails and tribulations, in Buenos Aires no less! All were ready to teach and learn, and thanks to the organizers, have a great time in an amazing city. And learn we did, with over 500 attendees from 15+ nationalities all coming together under the PHP banner. Two days of 50 quality (bilingual) talks, combined with packed halls, made

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