Hey there! My name is Tim Falls, and I wanted to officially introduce myself to all who are, for whatever reason, interested in SendGrid. If you’ve followed our company over the last few years, you may have seen my name here and there – on the blog, on the twitters (“^tf”), or maybe even IRL at events around the country.
I’ve been involved with SendGrid since the early days in the bunker and joined the team on a full-time basis in May 2010. After taking on a wide variety of responsibilities over the past 12 months, I have landed in the perfect role, and I’m super stoked to embark on a new adventure. My new title is Community Guy. So what does the “Community Guy” do, you ask… Simply put, I make community happen. I’m the guy you go to when you have questions, comments, or a fun story to tell. I help solve your problems when they arise and make sure the world knows about the cool stuff you’re doing with email.
SendGrid’s core audience – the true believers and die hard fans of our service – are developers…or programmers, hackers, geeks, whatever you want to call us. The fact of the matter is that SendGrid solves a massive problem that causes frustration and wasted resources in the everyday lives of developers. We provide a seamless and flexible solution that makes developers say, “wow, that was easy” and, “it just works.” Luckily, developers who are familiar with our service appreciate the value we provide, and, when they discover a friend or colleague in need of email aid, they share their SendGrid experience and encourage that person to give us a try.
We can’t say enough to express our gratitude for the community that has already organically grown around our company and service. So, we’ve decided to show our appreciation by fostering an official SendGrid Developer Community that will provide greater support and value to everyone involved. Over the next year or so, we will build a complete collection of resources for developers – better documentation, new helper libraries, improved APIs, video tutorials, and more. We’ll be on the road working closely with developers at hackdays and offering workshops on everything from email deliverability and best practices to integration with our service in various programming languages. Finally, we’ll create good times by hosting and sponsoring drinkups, happy hours, and social mixers for startups. If you were at Google I/O or GlueCon, maybe you’ve already seen us in action!
Why are we doing all of this? We want to invite developers to take advantage of our services, and, along the way, make it as easy and enjoyable as possible to do so. We’re committed to helping developers pursue their passions and focus on building innovative applications that need email in order to work. And, perhaps most importantly, we love the idea of having a community of smart, like-minded people rallying around one purpose – to make web development easier for all through simple and effective tools that make hackers more productive.
If you’re interested, you can learn more about me here. I’m not a developer, but I’m beginning to learn some PHP and have a little app/project in the works, which will be my first contribution to my fancy, new github profile!
Given my current code illiteracy, I need some help with this effort. So, I’m hiring Developer Relations Engineers to join the team! If you’re interested in getting in on the fun, check out the position description and apply today! Want to learn more about this opportunity? Just email me, and we’ll set up a time to talk.
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Community Guy @SendGrid and Producer @BoulderBeta. Passionate about bringing people together around things they love. Leads the SendGrid Developer Relations team in their effort to help developers around the world do more with email.