Two Worlds of WordPress

This is a weekly column by Marieke van de Rakt and Joost de Valk, veteran entrepreneurs and leaders in WP, and partners at Post Status, sharing their perspectives on what they’re seeing in WordPress.

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Stereotypes and gender inequality

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Marieke van de Rakt
In most Western societies, people tend to consider men and women equal. Most people agree that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men. But are men and women genuinely equal? Unfortunately, that’s not the case at all.…
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How to become a founder

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Joost de Valk
I became a founder when I started Yoast. However, I did not feel like a founder until I left Yoast. If you work in the company you founded, then your job is the role you have. I was CEO and,…

The startup trick doesn’t exist

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Marieke van de Rakt
It only happens once in a blue moon: You’ll tweak one single thing in your messaging, your check-out, or your email list and that change is the trick. It changes everything, skyrocketing your sales indefinitely.  A lot of startups spend…

The future is open-source

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Joost de Valk
I am an open-source fanatic. I started my open-source career by contributing to WebKit in 2005. WebKit is an open-source software component for rendering web pages (an essential part of first Safari and later Chrome). The idea of working on…

On Cloudfest, hosts and WordPress

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Joost de Valk
I am at Cloudfest this week, in Europapark in Germany. This is my second year visiting Cloudfest, and I truly enjoy it. Cloudfest reminds you that pretty much all hosts offer WordPress hosting, and because of that, the WordPress community…

The WordPress Community Rocks

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Marieke van de Rakt
I can be rather critical of the WordPress Community. We’re not perfect. We could be more inclusive and more open. We could be more effective in improving WordPress. We could do more. And still, the WordPress Community rocks. It rocks…

Joosts and Mariekes

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Marieke van de Rakt
When working at Yoast with my husband, Joost de Valk, I often divide customers into the Joosts and the Mariekes. The Joosts were like my Joost: technically skilled, wanting to know everything about a product, quickly bored, always looking for…

Two types of public speakers

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Marieke van de Rakt
I think there are two types of public speakers. The ones who are just natural storytellers and get away with preparing their slides the evening before a conference. And the ones that work at their slides, stories, and presenting skills…
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