How to Celebrate Paid Off Tech Debt

Tim Jenkins Company, Technical
Tech debt seems to be pretty popular topic. In my experience, there are two types of startups: those who are successful and have tech debt, and those who are not successful. The good news is that if a company is successful, there is the chance to get rid of the old tech debt, and in many of those cases it is a great cause for celebration among the engineers who have had to deal with it. Read More ›

Confirming Why SendGrid Built Its Own MTA

Tim Jenkins Company
server room

A number of people, both inside SendGrid and out, have asked me about our decision to build our own message transfer agent (MTA) versus using one of the commercial products that exist in the market. In light of recent market news concerning the merger of two commercial MTA vendors, I thought it would be a […]

The Myth of Opportunistic TLS and Email Privacy

Tim Jenkins Product
email security

Back in June, SendGrid joined a large group of Internet companies in the effort to prevent dragnet surveillance of customer traffic. On our part this specifically involved adding opportunistic TLS—encrypting traffic to any mail server that supports it. While this does move us closer to the goal of complete customer privacy, there are some caveats […]

Looking Up: 5 Years of Scaling Our Technology and Our People

Tim Jenkins Company
Tim Quote

Recently, SendGrid celebrated five years since we formed the company. Five years and over 270 billion emails later, I want to share some of my thoughts on some key lessons I’ve learned along the way. Design For Failure One of the biggest mistakes we made in the initial creation of SendGrid was focusing on getting […]

How to Convince Your Company to Go With Golang

Tim Jenkins Technical

Recently, SendGrid decided to move to using Go as its primary development language. This has been a long-standing internal battle, which I hear has happened and is continuing to happen in a number of organizations. I figured it would be productive to share our experience here, not just in why we chose to move forward […]