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Matt Mullenweg is now Automattic’s CEO

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Brian Krogsgard
Matt Mullenweg and Toni Schneider are switching jobs at Automattic. After joining Automattic eight years ago, Toni Schneider is moving into a product-focused role within Automattic, and Matt Mullenweg is the new CEO. Both Matt and Toni blogged about the…

“Patches Welcome”

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Brian Krogsgard
As a phrase, this is often more of a conversation killer rather than encouragement for collaboration. The delivery method of this popular phrase is paramount, and the audience needs to be genuinely considered when we say "patches welcome" to those…

Automattic trial data and employee retention

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Brian Krogsgard
Matt Mullenweg does a lot of interviews, and much of this one at the Lean Startup Conference is similar to many others, highlighting how WordPress got started, the culture of open source and how Automattic works. But at the end he mentioned…

Envato community lifetime earnings are over $140 million

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Brian Krogsgard
It's amazing to think that in only seven years, Envato has grown to 200+ employees and helps so many thousands of people in their community distribute their work. That work, as announced for the first time in Collis Ta'eed's 2013…

Sources of growth for a membership site

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Brian Krogsgard
Shawn Hesketh runs WP101, a WordPress tutorials membership site. He recently received a question about how he markets his site, and his answer is thorough and insightful, and definitely worth a read for anyone trying to grow their product or…

Crowd Favorite to be acquired by VeloMedia

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Brian Krogsgard
Crowd Favorite and VeloMedia have reached an agreement where VeloMedia will acquire Crowd Favorite, with the transaction to occur early next year. Crowd Favorite was founded by Alex King, one of the earliest regular contributors to WordPress. King's freelance web…

Interview with Mark Forrester, co-founder of WooThemes

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Brian Krogsgard
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting WooThemes HQ in Cape Town, South Africa. Throughout the week I had the opportunity to interact with WooThemes' co-founders Mark Forrester and Magnus Jepson, as well as the rest of the Cape…

Ten bootstrapping tips from Collis Ta’eed, CEO of Envato

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Brian Krogsgard
Collis Ta'eed recently did a Twitter "series", if you will, highlighting ten bootstrapping tips of his to celebrate the seven year anniversary for Envato. They haven't blogged the list anywhere that I can tell, and I don't want it to…

Explicit browser support

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Brian Krogsgard
Browser support is not a minor thing to consider when building web projects. Whether developing a website for a client or building a product, one of the most important things to clarify right away is what level of browser support…

WordPress websites and businesses acquisitions

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Brian Krogsgard
Oli Dale has done a pretty thorough roundup of the history of WordPress websites and businesses that have been purchased. I'm a little disappointed that so many people do not reveal the price of their transactions. I know there is…

Why did Automattic gobble up an iCloud alternative?

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Brian Krogsgard
You should remember from earlier this year that Automattic acquired Simperium, maker of Simplenote. Simplenote is a great app by the way. John Paul Titlow, of FastCompany, interviews Matt Mullenweg and writes about the technology behind Simperium and how their…
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