Launch Week: Kickoff 🔥
This is our effort to become more transparent about how we make decisions. We think that we are at the right scale and it is time to take more responsibility. We want to involve the community every step along the way.
Hi everyone. 2022 is ending and we are writing this from the Grandeur HQ here. It was, once again, one hell of a year, lots of accomplishments and lots of learnings. We’ll get to them but we are in a mood to take the longer route. We’ll start with a brief revision of what Grandeur is all about and what we are aiming with it. And since the year is at an end, we’ll talk all about it, the hope that came with fear, the gloom that came with gleam, and the haze that lead to clarity. And at the end, we’ll make you a part of our pride. We’ll demonstrate the best of what we’ve launched this year and share what we’re looking forward to next. So stay with us to the end of this week, we have a surprise for you.
First, what Grandeur is about!
IoT is the driver of one of the biggest impact in the world. It has the potential to radically change our lives. In next 5-10 years, the number of connected devices would surpass four times the number of humans on this planet. We will be living in a world so smart, where machines will make peripheral and routine decisions for us. The next generation of startups will happen in this space and it is a huge economic opportunity for engineers and entrepreneurs. The possibilities are limitless and we are already seeing some massive success stories like Tesla, Nest, Ring, Bird, and Amazon Go.
But doing an IoT startup is a huge tech challenge because IoT development sucks. Even smaller engineering teams often require significant specialization in DevOps, infrastructure, and front-end engineering. Building anything takes a lot of time and experience. Much of the cost savings in manufacturing, that we have achieved in the last decade, have just been passed onto engineering salaries and increased development timelines. That’s why we started Grandeur.
It is all about making it easier and collaborative for developers to build smart devices. We are democratizing IoT for developers all over the world, pretty much how Heroku enabled a wave of SaaS companies or like how Firebase was at the centre of the mobile first movement and how Netlify literally pioneered the JAM Stack movement. Grandeur helps you skip the boilerplate and focus on building better hardware, eventually resulting in better user experience. And we built it for scale.
The Grandeur Journey
We launched Grandeur in late 2021 and today 2500+ developers are using Grandeur from 10+ countries. We are serving 6M+ API requests every month and we are a trusted platform for 30+ leading organizations and institutes all over the world.
We hosted major community events in Pakistan and US. Wired is turning out to be a way for developers to network, get inspired and grow together. We impacted over 3000+ developers with our community meetups. Among the fastest growing developer communities of the region. It is a super community in the making.
The hardware community has been there always with us, in terms of support, feedback, code review and documentation. We built this platform with the community. We think it is time to take next step and this is why we are hosting our first launch week. This is our effort to become more transparent about how we make decisions. We think that we are at the right scale and it is time to take more responsibility. We want to involve the community every step along the way. Safe to say we’ve been in the hyper frenzied super chill near catastrophic work mode for quite a while now and have been working on almost everything, and in the coming sessions this week, we will be releasing tons of new features:
- Grandeur 2.0 is here: we are revamping the entire experience of the platform 🔥.
- We are adding tons of more ways to help developers consume their data and connect devices.
- We are bringing new ways for the community to get involved, like this launch week but more.
- We will open source our cook book on building a developer community.
We will also host discussions and feedback sessions on how we are thinking about our roadmap from here on.
Join us in our live sessions everyday throughout the week at 4 AM pacific time. And we have a surprise planned at the launch week closing on Thursday. Stay with us. If you have any questions, feedback, or requests to make, discord is the fastest way to reach us because we are never off it. Join us there and we’ll see you on the other side.