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Alex MacCaw

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Friday's outage

On Friday afternoon, Clearbit was down for approximately 24 minutes, from 2:14pm to 2:38pm PDT. This is the longest outage that we've had in the past two years, and also the worst (given that every API was down). For that, we鈥檙e extremely sorry. We understand that Clearbit...

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Segment Integration

Segment is changing the way modern businesses collect and analyze their customer data. Once plugged in, Segment receives data from a multitude of sources, say your website or product, and allows businesses to easily pipe data anywhere it needs to be. Needless to say, we're big fans and religious users...

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Launching Super Tags!

Accurate company categorization is a crucial part of the data we provide, and we've built up some incredible tech over this last year to automatically categorize companies by applying a neural net algorithm to their websites. This gets us the kind of coverage that would be impossible to achieve with...

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Postmortem of yesterday's downtime

Yesterday we had a bad outage. From 22:25 to 22:58 most of our servers were down and serving 503 errors. As is common with these scenarios the cause was cascading failures which we go into detail below. Every day we serve millions of API requests, and thousands of...

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Announcing Clearbit Connect

Today, we're proud to launch Clearbit Connect, a free extension that surfaces actionable information on the people who email you (including company details) directly alongside your emails in Gmail. Better yet - Connect also lets you find any business email address instantly, even if the person isn't in your address...

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Streak's InboxSDK

Building on top of Gmail is hard. Like really hard. Google doesn't provide any official JavaScript APIs, and indeed seems pretty laissez faire about people building on top of the platform in general. Then there's the matter of the generated source code. Just go and click 'View Source' on Gmail....

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2015 year in review

Wow. 2015 was quite the year for Clearbit! It's tricky fitting everything we've done into a single blog post, considering last year encompassed most of our young company's life, but here goes. In 2015 we went from a team of two, to seven. From 50 customers to 500. From processing...

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Our Stock Option pledge

Startup stock options often get a bad rap, and with good reason. Employees who've given years to a company can end up with nothing 鈥 or have to fork over huge amounts of money and suffer a large tax liability. Quite honestly this sucks! To be fair, the system we have...

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