Hi 👋🏼 I’m Robby. My two business partners and I started Beaver Builder about 10 years ago. We had a web agency and transitioned into selling software full-time. These days, I mostly lead our marketing efforts along with our marketing director, Anthony Tran. In my free time, I like to travel and eat out. In the last year I started playing a lot of disc golf – it’s one of my new favorite things to do. I also enjoy cycling, cooking, live music, and spending time with friends & family.
What do you enjoy most about working in WordPress?
I was originally drawn to WordPress and OSS because it was free! After participating in the WordPress community, I really felt like I found my tribe. I enjoy all the personalities and the wide range of experiences that everyone brings to the table. I love the accessibility of WordCamps and traveling to new places with friends. Most of the time, I really appreciate the progressive mindset of the community. I love the openness and willingness everyone has to share their experiences so others can learn from them.
What do you love most about your Post Status membership?
Cory Miller was literally one of the first people I ever met through WordPress! It was at the last WordCamp San Francisco before WCSF transitioned to WCUS – it was also the first WordCamp we’d ever attended. We were at the after-party having a few drinks and ended up talking to this random guy and telling him about our new product, Beaver Builder. He giggled at the name and we told him we would send him a t-shirt. On the cab ride home, we google him and realized he was a WP OG, haha. We did send him one of the first Beaver Builder shirts that were ever created.
So, fast forward to now and it’s really great getting to support him and be a part of the new generation of Post Status. Prior to Cory & Lindsay getting involved, I was a big fan of Brian’s newsletter and insights. Of course, the networking and ability to ping SO many people from the WordPress community in the PS slack is a perk too!
What business/web/WordPress advice do you have for others in our industry?
Hmm. That’s a tough one. I always try to tell my stories as opposed to giving blanket advice because of, well, imposter syndrome I guess – like, who am I to give advice!?
It’s okay to use !important tags sometimes and the world doesn’t end if you don’t update all your plugins the day that updates are released. Burnout is real and happens to everyone. Work-related social media can feel productive, but, more often than not, I think it tends to be a time-sink. Writing and sharing stories about what you’re working on is super beneficial on many different levels. For me, I find it therapeutic and also extremely helpful as a way to zoom out and get a bird’s eye view of things.
WordCamps are awesome. I recently volunteered at one for the first time and it was a very different experience – I highly recommend trying that. Stickers are the best swag ever! They’re lightweight, cheap, collectible, and they travel well. They also let you add value and memories to items that you care about. 🙂