All the way from London, Sunny Ratilal joined us for a discussion about his university studies, WordPress development, being involved in open source, working with EDD and plenty more besides. Sunny’s a pretty brilliant chap and I very much enjoy chatting with him.
Matt Medeiros of the Matt Report Podcast, Slocum Studios, Slocum Themes and the Conductor plugin will be joined us for episode 39!
In this episode we discussed pricing products, creating themes and plugins, and running businesses. We also discussed hiring and managing employees and what you may want to consider when looking to work for Matt. Matt shared some great insight on what it takes to run a successful agency.
One of Matt’s biggest “lessons learned” was that hiring people because you think they believe in your vision is probably not the way to go.
Ben is just a Cool guy who works at an awesome hosting company. A2 hosting has been making waves in the WordPress community with their efforts to make WordPress run faster and cleaner than on other hosting platforms. In this episode, we discussed hosting, programming, 5 for the future, and Ben’s path to where he is today.
Nikhil Vimal is a 15 year old WordPress Wiz Kid. While still in high school, he already has his own tech company where he builds WordPress stuff. He has also been a contributor to WordPress core and will be speaking at some upcoming WordCamps. Nick share with us the struggles he’s had building a company while attending school and the support he’s gotten from the community. It’s an inspiring story that should be shared with students, teachers, and parents everywhere.
If you’d like to know more about Nikhil, you can check out his blog or find him on twitter @TechVoltz.
The Nikhil Vimal Interview!
In this episode we discussed Nick’s company TechVoltz, his internship with iThemes, his plugin development, future WordCamps and getting involved in the WordPress community.
That’s right, we’ll be interviewing the one and only John James Jacoby a.k.a. “J-Trip”. John is the lead developer of BuddyPress and bbPress and has truly been a critical player in making the WordPress we all know and love today. John’s recent crowdfunding campaign has taken the community by storm raising over $50,000 to give him 6 months of dedicated work on improving BuddyPress, bbPress, and GlotPress. He’s gotten as much as $10,000 from one private contributor and $5,000 from such notable names as Web Dev Studios and Copyblogger Media.
Keeping with his pursuit to connect people more personally on the internet, John is also in the process of launching Flox, a powerful new do-it-yourself social media site. Flox is in BETA now, but promises to give social networks to anyone who has a unique idea or simply wants a more private network for friends and family to communicate.
Here are some other interviews with JJJ if you’re interested.
Becky Davis is the founder of Becky Davis Design, a Chicago based consultancy focusing helping clients implement effective web site solutions. She is also a speaker at numerous events and a Meetup organizer. Becky shared with us a world of great information. We talked about how she got into web design, WordPress, and the community.
When it comes to being a solopreneur, Becky has it down pact. She shared with us the struggles and benefits of running a one-person business. She described in-depth what she’s mentioned in past WordCamp talks about how she approached WordPress as a limited solution until she decided to stop saying no and find a way to make things work. We also discussed business strategies such as getting into niches. Mostly, however, we really dug into those difficult clients and how to make them workout or when to get rid of them.
This was a very powerful interview and I hope you get as much from it as I did.
Ben lives on a freaking BOAT! What more do you want?!
Ben went from wanting to be a Forest Ranger to being a developer.He started out with a friends Pokemon website and finally made it to being the Lead Developer at Web Dev Studio.He also talks about his time with Automattic and Microsoft (where he used his Mac).
Ben gives us some great insight on the benefits and difficulties of working remotely and his experience with several other great WP personalities.He also talks about the differences between small companies like Web Dev and huge companies like Microsoft.
If you’d like to know more about Ben Lobaugh, you can find him here: