Thank You, SendGrid!

A Look Back at 5+ Years
Let's Go

Hi, I'm Brandon West. Five and a half years ago I accepted a job as SendGrid's first Developer Evangelist. I had spent 10 years as a software developer and it was time for something new. I wanted to learn some soft skills and how to build a successful startup. SendGrid taught me those things and more. I learned about email, APIs, documentation, management, and hundreds of other smaller unexpected things along the way. I didn't know it at the time, but I had climbed aboard a rocketship.

At the close of February I’ll be coming out of orbit and back to Earth. My time at SendGrid is coming to an end. This is a quick peek at the amazing journey from 30 employees to 370. Thank you to every person that has helped guide me. I am deeply grateful for each one of you.

If you're looking for a job, SendGrid is hiring. I highly recommend working there.

I'll be sharing much more about my experiences and what I've learned soon. Add your email at the bottom of this page for updates.

2,064 Days


1,416 Working Days
283 Cookie Tuesdays 🍪
11,328 Hours. Malcolm Gladwell approved!

= 1 Month

84 Vacation Days Used


Calendar by Shmidt Sergey from the Noun Project

When I joined SendGrid, we set out to find opportunity with the mission of SendGrid Everywhere. Our audience was developers. We went to as many places where there were developers as we could. When they went to Startup Weekends, hackathons, and technical conferences, we wanted to be there too. Later on our focus shifted to startup outreach and a more regional approach. Here's a look at where those roads took me.

17 Countries


Australia 🇦🇺 Belgium 🇧🇪 Brazil 🇧🇷 Canada 🇨🇦 Colombia 🇨🇴 Croatia 🇭🇷 Estonia 🇪🇪 Germany 🇩🇪 Hong Kong 🇭🇰 Israel 🇮🇱 Japan 🇯🇵 Mexico 🇲🇽 Netherlands 🇳🇱 Portugal 🇵🇹 Russia 🇷🇺 Spain 🇪🇸 United Kingdom 🇬🇧

23 U.S. States

and Puerto Rico

AZ, CA, GA, IL, IN, LA, MA, MO, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA

Most Visited Places


Austin, TX (12)
New York, New York (10)
San Francisco, CA (10)
Portland, OR (7)
London, UK (5)
San Antonio, TX (3)
Omaha, NE (3)
Anaheim/OC, CA (3)
Boston, MA (3)

350,000+ Miles Flown

178 United flights

65 Airports

166 Trips to Denver International Airport

110 Hotels

1 Year+ of Hotel Nights

Code & Stuff

Without code and developer interfaces, there's no Developer Relations program. I am very grateful to have had the chance to manage the SendGrid documentation, SDKs, and API throughout the years.

3,405 GitHub Commits


Can you guess when I became a manager?

2,000,000,000+ API Calls

Made By SDKs Per Month Under My Management

400,000 NuGet Installs

While Lead Developer of the SendGrid C# SDK
And crippling imposter syndrome with each new release!

127 SendGrid Questions

Answered on Stack Overflow

profile for bwest at Stack Overflow, Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers
Many people are not nice. It's worth helping them anyway.

2 Internal Hackathons

100% Positive Feedback Each Year

2014

2015

1 Gigantic Selfie Stick


The farther I am from the camera, the better my selfies are.

Serious Business

3 Funding Rounds

Series B • Jan, 2012 • $21.6M
Series C • Dec, 2014 • $20M
Series D • Nov, 2016 • $33M

3 Logos

5 Titles

• Developer Evangelist
• Sr. Developer Evangelist
• Manager of Developer Relations
• Senior Manager of Developer Relations
• Director of Developer Relations

8,000+ Emails Sent

40,000+ Emails Received

63 Expense Reports Submitted

4 Offices


26 Dev Rel Teammates

Much love to every one of you!

1,500+ Startups

in the SendGrid Accelerate Program
Due to the hard work of the 26 teammates mentioned above.

51 SendGrid.com Blog Posts

Read em here
I'm too lazy to count the words

Memories

Things I Learned


Well, you see, the problem is that there's quite a lot. Enough for a book? Definitely too much for a little page like this.

What's Next?


Update: I've launched a Kickstarter for my book, Developer Relations

I'm going to take a short break. Then I will be writing some of my thoughts, experiences and research on Developer Relations before exploring new opportunities. I'd love to share my progress and get your feedback along the way. It would be an honor if you signed up below.

Sign up below to stay in touch. Or you can email me at hi@bwe.st

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I'm available for developer relations, developer marketing, API, and email consulting. Not looking to do business? That's cool too. I'm also open to just grabbing a coffee and having a chat.