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 SendGrid provide those resources that startups have usually paid for. I’ve compiled a list below of a some of the
Since May 2013, we’ve partnered with our friends at Ignite in Newcastle, England, to run an event for startups, developers, tech watchers, entrepreneurs, and investors every month called Startup Beers. Recently, the Ignite team partnered with UKTI to run an accelerator programme in the newly opened Campus North. The 3-month-long Sirius programme was open to anyone who had gained their degree outside of the UK and wanted to accelerate their idea within the confines of the UK tech scene. After being asked to mentor on the programme, I was extremely interested in one company in particular – SunEos, two French entrepreneurs with a plan to bring cashless payments into the world of events using NFC technology. With a background in
Hi, I’m SendGrid’s newest evangelist, Yamil Asusta. I have fond memories of playing a lot of Pokemon when I was young. Blue, Yellow, Silver and Gold. The good old days. Recently I’ve seen a lot of hype around the new games Pokemon X and Y. It is for this reason that I decided to build my first SendGrid API demo around this game I enjoyed so much. How do you play Pokemon with email? The dynamic is simple. For every email the audience sends to the application, a little mail will fly towards the Pokemon performing damage to it. At some point, the Pokemon faints and I will award a winner in the audience I’m demo’ing for a special prize.
Are you an app developer that’s looking for a service to send your transactional email? Maybe you’re a marketer that’s curious about the SendGrid newsletter. Or maybe you’re just a die-hard SendGrid fan who wants to share a drink with the team. Well, you’re in luck because we’re heading to New York City for SendGrid Delivered. SendGrid Delivered is a national tour where our email experts will be teaching the masses about all-things email. We’ll cover the gamut of email best practices; from how to improve your sender reputation to which of our APIs will revolutionize your business. Our developer evangelists will be there to demo the SendGrid APIs, and answer one-on-one questions about integration with our service. In addition
Cyber-Duck is a leading UK based digital agency with a world-class reputation working with global brands. As part of their service offering, they produce custom Web Portals with SaaS capabilities and also develop bespoke web applications which send out tens of thousands of emails per month via cloud hosting services. However, they were experiencing deliverability challenges with the default email capabilities of the cloud servers and needed more robust tracking of email usage so they could bill clients accordingly. After looking at a couple popular solutions, they decided to give SendGrid a try through our partnership with Rackspace. After just one hour, they were up and running and gained access to the real-time analytics they needed to better service their
We are pleased to announce SendGrid Delivered, a national tour where SendGrid’s email experts will be teaching the masses about all-things email. Hitting New York, San Francisco and Denver, we’ll cover the gamut of email best practices; from how to improve your sender reputation to which APIs could revolutionize your business. Read More ›
Voting has opened up for one of the nation’s largest tech & web conferences this site of the Mississipi – SXSW Interactive. SendGrid has enjoyed being a part of this fantastic experience (2011, 2012) and next year is already shaping up to be bigger and better! SXSW Interactive is a conference held each March in Austin, Texas where attendees number over 20,000 come to hear speakers and panels talk about the future of the web, design, development, social networks, startups and many more topics with a full blown exhibit hall, interactive demos, video game experiences and one of a kind opportunities to network within this unique conference community. This year SendGrid has submitted four speaking topics. Please register to vote and cast
When you go online to shop at a store, you often don’t think about the technology making it all happen. I mean, how do you build the next eBay? There are startups working to make your online shopping experience easier, faster more secure. This weekend welcomed the first eCommerce Hack Day organized by Dwolla and Etsy in New York City and brought together over 100 developers competing for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. Developers had over 20 API’s to choose from and while we love to see cool hacks using Sendgrid for email notifications and parsing, teams created some really cool apps remixed with: Braintree, Paypal’s Xcommerce, Stripe and WePay for transactions Dwolla for payments between individuals Etsy, Gumroad and StoreEnvy for marketplaces Zappos
2012 has been a big year for SendGrid. We’ve hit the 50 billion emails sent milestone, reached 100 employees, and now serve over 60,000 customers. As a result, it should come as no surprise that this big year has tested the limits of our Boulder office. That’s why we are excited to announce that SendGrid will be opening a new office in Denver to supplement the downtown Boulder headquarters. Read More ›
As Adria forecasted in a post last week, the API Hackday crew brought our hackety fun to the UK for the first time…and the London developer community did not disappoint! A large group of excited hackers showed up bright and early on Saturday morning, ready for a full day of mashing APIs. It was an incredibly talented group of DOers, and the fruits of their labors were quite impressive. You can see a [mostly] complete list of the apps that were demoed on the HackerLeague page for the event, but a few projects came down to the wire and didn’t have time to submit to the official site. So here’s a list, with links to their specific HackerLeague project page and a
Extole is the leading provider of social engagement applications that drive measurable results on and off Facebook for leading brands and agencies. Extole uses email to drive customers to the point of sale while generating positive social recommendations using their Refer-A-Friend solution. To support its business model, Extole built and managed its own in-house, proprietary email system, but as their business grew and demands increased, their system lacked key functionality to properly track and manage their email streams.
Haulix provides online music promotion software for industry professionals and their media contacts. With Haulix, publicists can easily create branded web pages, manage press contacts, send email invitations and protect their musical assets with powerful watermarking technology.