Category Archives: Community

How I Value Open Source (Part 1)

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This article is a personal look at Open Source, and how I value it. Part 2 will be a deeper dive into Open Source. Its true values, success stories, horror stories, licenses, and much more. Make sure you come back to read that one! I gave a talk last week at WXG 2014 on “The Value of Open Source.” This topic is something near and dear to all of our hearts here at SendGrid, and was definitely an eye opener for me; revealing a lack of Open Source uptake in the developer community. Around 1/3 of my audience didn’t embrace Open Source

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SendGrid <3 Students

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Here at SendGrid we are huge advocates of community. Therefore, when John Britton reached out regarding joining their new student initiative, Student Development Pack, we all got suuuuper excited!     SendGrid’s Accelerate.EDU Package Today’s students are building the next generation of innovative apps and we want to help provide them with the tools they need to succeed. Offering our services, mentorship, or just a friendly high five (we have an unlimited amount of these!) are just a few examples. So joining GitHub’s new student initiative was a no brainer. We want to help the next generation of students build something awesome.

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Open Source Documentation: One Year Later

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A year ago, we open sourced our documentation, with the hypothesis that it would improve the docs by adding feedback loops and removing barriers that discourage contribution. We also wanted to share what we had learned during the process. I’m glad to say that so far the results have been good, and the decision to open source our documentation continues to help us improve it as a product. Where We Are Now We’ve had 59 different contributors to the docs repo since we open sourced it, with around 15 of those contributors being community members rather than SendGrid employees. Considering

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SendGrid Accelerate: Startup Beers, Newcastle

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As part of the SendGrid Accelerate program, I spent a day up in Newcastle, UK mentoring teams on the Ignite100 accelerator based out of the community backed, and absolutely huge, Campus North workspace. We have a great relationship with Ignite and Campus North. We work together to run a fantastic networking event for northeast-based startups and developers called Startup Beers. The event is now well over a year old and shows no signs of slowing down, or being any less helpful for teams looking to meet new colleagues, or developers, or just to get some feedback on their ideas. Whilst

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Young Rewired State & Code on the Road

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“It was a sea of Blue SendGrid T-Shirts. Everywhere I looked, I saw SendGrid! You guys rock!” My first answer when asked the question “What do Developer Evangelists do?” is always: We empower and nurture developers. In previous talks I’ve given and articles I’ve written, I’ve described how teaching, mentoring, empowering, and nurturing are the most important parts of my job, and there’s no age limit to which this help is confined. In the many hackathons I (and the rest of the Developer Evangelist team) travel to, I see developers of all ages and I’m never more impressed, and quite

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Tips and Tricks for a Beginner Developer Evangelist (Part 2)

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In my previous post, I talked to a few colleagues about the tips and tricks they would give me as a beginning Developer Evangelist. The first tips were from evangelists outside of SendGrid, while this set is from my fellow SendGrid team members. Whether it’s about attitude, tech, travel, or life in general, I gathered some great input that you can check out below: Tim Falls – Director of Developer Relations at SendGrid Always be charging and have internet. Phone is your best friend. Always have data when international. Enjoy yourself and look up! Brandon West – Manager of Developer

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Tips and Tricks for a Beginner Developer Evangelist (Part 1)

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My onboarding as a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid was brief because I had been with the company for a year before I joined full-time. I started as an intern on the Ops team and when the summer ended, worked part-time remotely while finishing up my computer science degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The first thing I did when I started full-time was schedule 1-to-1 chats with everyone on my new team, Developer Relations, along with a few friends I’ve made in similar roles, without letting them know what we’d be talking about. At the start of the chat,

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