Communication is an underlying fabric that makes up any community. We take the simple actions of conversing, reading and writing for granted. But how would it be if you awoke one day and lost this ability. Imagine trying to communicate to a loved one, whether conversing or writing an email. You know what you want to say, but you just can’t put your thoughts into words. Sadly, stroke victims who are hit particularly hard, suffer from these very ailments better known as Aphasia.

Unfortunately, this happened to the mother of Chad Ruble. She is a stroke survivor who was unable to stay in touch with her friends. Chad could tell she felt isolated and decided to tackle the problem with technology.

He along with his developer Brian created and launched Tapgram as an assistive messaging platform that allows her to use a simple, clean interface to send emails, post to Facebook and a Tapgram feed. According to Chad, “SendGrid powers all of our emails and is the perfect scalable solution for us to keep Tapgram free for our users and affordable for us as developers. The basic package was great for testing our proof of concept. We liked that your pricing was reasonable and easily scalable.”

Users can log into the system and create quick picture messages. These can be sent to your party through email and their Tapgram feed. Learn more at

Meet Kunal, Developer Evangelist at-large for SendGrid and home-grown New Jersey hacker. He previously ran General Machines, which developed Deaftel - a phone service for the deaf that converts voice to text and text back into voice over a phone call. Since March 2013, Kunal has been working as a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid, helping enable developers to get the tools and resources they need to make awesome, creative stuff.