Category Archives: Website development

Build 2012

Heading To Microsoft BUILD Conference

I’m here in Redmond for the Microsoft BUILD conference this week where attendees will learn exactly what they can do with Windows 8 on mobile, in the workplace and at home.  I will be  doing demos at our booth to show off SendGrid’s integration with the Microsoft Azure cloud hosting platform.

If you’re a developer building your app in node.js, Python, .NET, php, Java or mobile, sign up for a free 90 day trial of Azure hosting.  Once you’ve done that, check out one of these guides to get started:

I will be interviewed Thursday afternoon by Scott Hanselman for the Channel 9 Live at Build 2012 segment, “Talking with Azure Developers”.  I’m looking forward to catching up with my good friend Scott and sharing how developers can leverage the cloud to get their apps to market faster with solutions like SendGrid that allow developers to easily send transactional email via our API.

There will be a live stream of the conference and all sessions will be posted to Channel 9, Microsoft’s MSDN community portal.  You can follow the news and announcements on Twitter at the Microsoft BUILD account @bldwin and the hashtag #bldwin.

See you this week at Microsoft BUILD!


Zendesk Offers Public Beta of WordPress Authentication Plugin

Do you have a website where you’d like to easily manage incoming questions from visitors right within WordPress?

Maybe you’re a website development company who specializes in WordPress websites for your clients and it sure would be nice if they could ask you questions without having to leave the WordPress dashboard.

Well starting Monday, Zendesk will offer access to a new plugin they’re working on that will do just that!

Sign up for the beta

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Entrepreneur Workflow: Communicating With New Business Clients

Last night I presented to a group of entrepreneurs participating in 100 Urban Entrepreneurs and it turned out to be an amazing session!  I shared how I entered the field of technology and what helped to me to decide I wanted to an entrepreneur.  I stepped the group through my discoveries of what worked and the obstacles I encountered.  Finally I recommended three essential web apps that were instrumental in helping me grow and manage my business.

Here’s my presentation which I created in SlideRocket (love this tool!)


A Business Built On Communication

My key points were:

  • Communication can make or break your business
  • Make it easy to do business with you
  • Your goal as a business owner is to make the customer feel at ease
  • Make sure what you deliver matches the customer’s expectations
  • Be available pre and post sales
  • Focus on making the ordering process easy for your customers
  • Billing should be straightforward and clear
  • Your customers are your biggest marketing tool
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