December 18, 2014 — The focus is on what WordPress agencies need to do to be enterprise-ready which I think is the biggest challenge the WordPress community is facing in the next ten years. As the software matures and becomes more well-known, the demand for bigger and more innovative projects is increasing, too, and the many WordPress consultancies around the world need to be ready to answer that call.
December 14, 2014 — John shares some some techniques to get started as well as how to determine your avenue and approach. And he shares details on the challenges of growth and scale as well as how to build great WordPress products.
October 15, 2014 — A practical guide to doing more with WordPress; developing yourself to work on things that matter, getting in the habit of shipping and finally contributing back to this great open source project.
January 26, 2014 — Running a business is not an easy task. A lot of people tried and failed at it. And even more people are still trying to find the secret recipe to building a successful business. This presentation shares what was learned on the journey to build an 8 people agency that specializes in building bespoke WordPress websites. All the Do’s, Dont’s and Lessons learned over the years.
January 11, 2014 — This presentation highlights working in and building the WordPress community, sharing knowledge, constantly learning more of the craft as well as ways to manage your own freelance business and client strategies. The work is out there; if you make the commitment, you can make a living.
January 7, 2014 — This panel is for people looking to build their WordPress business past an employee of one. It discusses hiring/firing, money management, team collaboration, finding higher level clients, our “breakout” moments.
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December 13, 2013 — The great thing about our WordPress community is, while there is always going to be someone (or hundreds) of people who know more about something than any single individual, we all bring something unique to the table. It’s my hope that I validate some things you are doing right, shine some light on some areas you maybe hadn’t thought of before – or things you just haven’t had the courage to do or say.
August 11, 2013 — The panel, moderated by Matt Mullenweg, explores what it means to break the 1 man freelancer barrier and the challenges of building an agency in the WordPress ecosystem. Topics include first hire/hiring/management, managing a team, business models (distributed vs. brick and mortar, contractors vs. full time employees), challenges with WordPress at a larger scale, and the economics of bigger teams in an ecosystem filled with freelancers.