SendGrid Accelerates Growth Path with Opening of New Silicon Valley Office and Appointment of Craig Kaes as VP of Engineering

Former Cisco Senior Engineer to Lead Expanding SendGrid Team

Mar 16, 2015, 11:00 ET from SendGrid

BOULDER, Colo., March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SendGrid, the leading email delivery platform for email that matters, today announced the opening of its fifth US office and first location in Silicon Valley to accommodate skyrocketing growth in its customer base and accelerate the development and delivery of new product offerings. The company also announced the appointment of Craig Kaes as Vice President of Engineering who will lead existing and new teams of engineers across SendGrid's offices.

SendGrid continues to grow at a rapid pace and is now sending more than 18 billion emails per month for an expanding base of customers which now includes Birchbox, CBS Interactive, Taco Bell and TheLadders. With over 260 employees, SendGrid continues to be a leader in email deliverability and the only company in its industry with a highly qualified team of 30 employees who are focused on nothing else but email deliverability and compliance. SendGrid is also the only company in its space to offer 24/7 customer support and a dedicated team of customer success managers who have corresponded with customers over 175,000 times in the past year.  

SendGrid's new office, located in Redwood City, features nearly 6,000 square feet of office space and will accommodate up to 40 employees. Recruiting is well under way and the majority of new hires will be software engineers and customer success managers. The space is one block from the Caltrain station, has an open floor plan, lots of natural light and will include hand-painted murals by artist, and SendGrid office manager, Chelsea Hart. SendGrid is well known for its award-winning, inspiring culture and for providing employees with outstanding perks in addition to competitive salaries and benefits. Interested candidates can visit SendGrid's jobs page for more information.

"The Silicon Valley office is a natural next step for SendGrid, there is great synergy between the Colorado and Bay Area tech communities and we are excited to bring our fantastic culture to the Bay Area," said Sameer Dholakia CEO, SendGrid. "As we scale the business and trajectory of the company, the addition of a new office, as well as bringing on key hires like Craig, will help us reach our goals even faster. With a strong track record of building engineering and development operations teams that can innovate and scale, Craig is a perfect match to help us succeed."

As VP of Engineering, Craig Kaes will be responsible for leading SendGrid's 100 person engineering and devops team to bring several in-flight email product offerings to market and developing new complementary solutions to offer customers. Craig will also take the lead on building out the team in Redwood City, adding close to 30 engineering positions in that office.

Before joining SendGrid, Craig was Senior Engineering Director for the Mobility group at Cisco, where he grew the engineering organization from a small co-located startup to a team of 130, spanning four sites in the US and India. In this role, he was responsible for software development, quality assurance and architecture. Prior to this, Craig was Senior Director, Platform Engineering for Cisco where he was responsible for Cisco's platform layer, which underpins Cisco's SaaS collaboration applications, including WebEx, Connect, Files, and Social. Previously, Craig moved quickly through the ranks at Jabber, where in three years he rose from technical lead to VP of Engineering, before the company was acquired by Cisco.

About SendGrid
SendGrid is the leading email delivery platform for email that matters. SendGrid's proven, cloud-based email platform successfully delivers over 18B customer engagement emails each month for Internet and mobile-based customers like Airbnb, Pandora, Hubspot, Spotify, Uber and FourSquare as well as more traditional enterprises like Walmart, Intuit and Costco. For more information, visit

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