Monday, June 3rd, 2013 was my first day at an incredible company SendGrid, and Friday, July 24th, 2015 was my last. In my two years there, I met some outstanding people and had some unbelievable experiences. I'd love to share this chapter of my life with you!
My journey started as a summer intern on the DevOps team in Anaheim, CA. I got the call from HR telling me that I could start the following week and immediately found a room on Craigslist, rented a car, and booked a flight - all without knowing anyone on that side of the US. I often refer to it as yolo-ing my way across the county. It was the best summer of my life.
When the summer ended I continued on as a part-time/contractor while I finished my last year of school.
That year I traveled to hackathons all across the US just about every weekend. I loved building new things and helping people learn something new. Spending more and more time with evangelists made me realize I wanted to keep doing this.
My decision to join SendGrid's Developer Relations team full-time in June of 2014 was a no-brainer. In the past year I've had the honor and privilege of doing a number of incredible things: helping veterans learn how to build a company, maintaining a ton of open source projects, visiting the TACO BELL TEST KITCHEN, attending a hackathon for the White House, and teaching people around the world how to program. It's been an amazing year.
During my year as a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid I was on the road for 219 days traveling a total of 131,225 miles.
|Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)||21|
|LaGuardia Airport (LGA)||14|
|John Wayne Airport (SNA)||12|
|Denver International Airport (DEN)||12|
|San Francisco International Airport (SFO)||12|
|Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)||6|
|Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)||5|
|Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)||4|
|John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)||4|
|Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)||3|
|Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)||2|
|London Heathrow Airport (LHR)||2|
|Portland International Airport (PDX)||2|
|Dane County Regional Airport (MSN)||2|
|Aeropuerto Internacional De Cancún (CUN)||2|
|Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)||1|
|Cheyenne Regional Airport (CYS)||1|
|Nashville International Airport (BNA)||1|
|Airports: 18||Visits: 106|
Phrasing is everything. "Why didn't you do X instead" can trigger a defensive response versus "would X work as well?".
Be as welcoming as possible. It's a great time to be a nerd and newcomers are entering the community at an insane rate. Be remembered for drawing someone in and making them feel at home.
It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission. I've lived by these words the past year. You are empowered to make decisions so do so. Think of yourself as the CEO of your own job.
Feedback is the gift you can ask for. This is how we improve and grow. Sometimes an outside perspective can really help.
I've grown so much during my time at SendGrid and will definitely miss everyone I've worked with.
So what's next? I'm super stoked to be joining the Developer Evangelism crew at Twilio this coming Monday! Their dedication to the service of developers and growth into new platforms has excited the hell out of me.
This was inspired by my great friend Nick's post.
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