Our Favorite Tools for Powering Happiness and Transparency

Last week, there was a thread on GrowthHackers about the ways in which different growth teams use Slack. I answered in the comments but thought it might be useful to run through a couple of points in more depth. Plus it’s a great opportunity to talk about two tools I absolutely love: Slack and Zapier.

How to Start a Startup Video

Sendwithus has a ton of great features and we recently realized that we didn’t have a simple way to show the true awesomeness of our product, so we decided to make a product video.The process of making the video was interesting so we wanted to share with you what we learned along the way.

SparkPost + Sendwithus

Today we’re excited to announce our newest ESP integration: SparkPost, the slightly less enterprise-y version of Message Systems’ Momentum platform. When I say slightly less, you should know that the Momentum platform powers email for companies like Twitter and Facebook, so some of the highest volume transactional senders in the world.

What We Do For Fun(zies)

We have a tradition at Sendwithus sort-of referred to as “Funzies Friday” – yeah, it’s a bit of a working title – but the idea is that every once in a while, we take a day and focus entirely on fun stuff we would like to see integrated into Sendwithus. Recently we took two days,

How to Use Template-specific Jinja Variables with Snippets

Recently, we received a question from a customer that prompted us to scratch our heads for a few seconds: “How can I use template-specific variables that aren’t passed into the data field of the API to send mail?” We did some research and devised a pretty simple and interesting solution.

Seed Funding

Today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed a $2.3 million seed funding round lead by Steve Anderson of Baseline Ventures. Others investing include Initialized Capital, SV Angel, Maiden Lane, Acequia Capital, and some amazing angel investors. You can check out the full list on Angel List. The goal of the funding (which closed earlier this summer) was to

Task Monitoring Using Redis

We’ve started using Redis a lot and it’s been great. We’ve already used it to improve performance in our analytics pipeline, and to power our usage-based billing system. Most recently we’ve written a leaner, faster version of our background task monitoring system based on Redis. Here’s how we did it…