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Alex MacCaw

Alex MacCaw

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Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw ·

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 — 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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Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw ·

Open Graph Logo spec

When we initially launched the free company logo API in June it got quite the reception, trending #1 on Product Hunt and Hacker News for the day. Since then we've served up over 30 million logos and had incredible companies like Segment and Marketo integrate it directly into their products....

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Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw ·

Dealing with Deprecating APIs

From time to time we have to make backwards incompatible changes to our APIs. To make sure everything keeps working for our customers we have a date based API versioning system which works pretty well. However, this does mean that at any point in time we have a lot of...

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Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw ·

Finding similar customers

An effective way of sourcing new leads for your business is by looking for companies that are similar to your existing customers. Similar both in terms of size, but also market--essentially going after your customer's competitors. Clearbit's Discovery API can help you find these leads programatically using our clustering algorithms...

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Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw ·

Docker & CoreOS - Part 1

We use Docker and CoreOS extensively at Clearbit. We have over 70 different internal services running across a cluster of 18 machines on EC2. Every day our servers handle upwards of 1.5 million API calls, and that growth rate is only increasing. All this means being able to scale...

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Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw ·

A Clearbit Signup - Behind the Scenes

Whenever someone signs up to Clearbit they kick off a whole series of events ranging from drip campaigns, sales notifications and funnel analytics. I thought it would be fun to dig into what's happening behind the scenes. The signup As soon as someone clicks that signup button we do an...

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Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw ·

Company Logo API

We're happy to announce Clearbit's free Logo API. While services like Gravatar make it straightforward to pull in a user's default avatar, we haven't found anything that caters well to company logos. And yet there's a lot of clear use-cases ranging from setting an organization's default image on signup to...

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Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw ·

Dashboard Redesign

If you've signed into Clearbit in the last few weeks you may have noticed a few changes - we've overhauled our dashboard and shipped a beautiful new redesign. Graphs The graphs in your dashboard show any requests you've made that count against your quota. You can filter by type of...

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Alex MacCaw Alex MacCaw ·

Company Tech Tags

I'm happy to announce we've released a new data attribute for our Company API - technology tags. These tags represent the technology stack and products used by a company. This can be quite handy. We love instantly knowing whether a new signup comes from a business that already leverages cloud...

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Versioning APIs Internally

There's a fair amount that's been written on how to version APIs, but what nobody talks about is what goes on behind the scenes--how versioning is implemented at a code level. One reason behind this is that the implementation is often a mess, a nestled spaghetti of conditional statements littering...

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