August 5, 2017 — As WordPress enters its teenage years, our community is no longer just thinking about startup mode. Entrepreneurs are trying to figure out longevity, and how to build a long lasting business. Karim brings the perspective of 23 years of building and leading digital teams from 30 to 300. Immersed in the WordPress ecosystem the last 5 years, Karim has seen some trends that worked against the traditional silicon valley idea’s of success. Are we a special snowflake, does Open Source make a difference in Start-up longevity?
In leading this discussion, Karim will build on the topics of the morning talks by Scott Mann and Sherry Walling. We have invited Rebecca Gill and Jon Brown, who both have many years in business before joining our community, to create a panel that collectively brings hundreds of years of business experience to the WordPress ecosystem and our community.
August 2, 2016 — Two years ago I did a well received talk on Work/Life Balance and remote work, the was more about setting work/lifestyle/travel goals and achieving them. This will be much more focused on trials and tribulations of remote work. I’ll share things learned along the way that will help both aspiring digital nomads as well as (hopefully) some for experienced remote workers as well.
June 10, 2014 — WordPress lets me travel the world about half the year and live in Maui, Hawaii the rest. I have given up on trying to tell people that and not have it sound too boastful. I think my life is awesome, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. While being a remote worker able to make a living from a hammock on a beach in Thailand sounds pretty ideal there is a lot that goes into making that a reality. I’ll talk about my journey, starting with decision making around finding work/life as well as the practical side what it means to be a both a digital nomad and a remote worker.
January 16, 2013 — While talk of sites running on load balanced multi-server setups with Nginx reverse proxies, sharded databases and sever level caching is sexy cool… what about rest of us out there running low traffic sites on $6/month shared hosting? What can we do to speed up what we’ve got given a shared hosting environment? In this presentation, Jon Brown discusses what you can do to speed up your cheap shared hosting without too much technical know how.