August 5, 2017 — This panel helps to convey what it takes to build an agency from scratch or a few freelancers. How does one get an agency started? What are the things you need before or as you start? What are the biggest keys to success and the toughest lessons to remember?
August 5, 2017 — Yuvraj is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. He currently supports customers using WooCommerce, at Automattic, and has been using WooCommerce, ever since it was launched in 2011. He has handcrafted more than 75 websites using WooCommerce.
In his talk, Yuvraj will share his experience in running design agency successfully for 7 years. He will also be sharing his insights on running an agency, that will help newbies and current developers transition from being freelancers to starting their own business.
June 29, 2017 — Evermade was founded in 2011 by four guys. Today we are group of 20 people – half of whom are developers. In the beginning we did everything from photography to USB-drivers. In 2012 we agreed that WordPress is basically useless and we decided to focus on ExpressionEngine. After a year – and some pain – we changed our minds and decided to focus on WordPress.
We lost a few developers during this hassle but but soon after our shift of focus to WordPress we started to grow. With new developers coming in we had to abandon our current way of working and really rethink how should we work together as a team.
In my presentation, I will talk about the pain of growing and the challenges we faced when doing so.
December 21, 2016 — How to grow from a one-man-band into an agency. Taking the leap and loving it.
Building a team, how, who and what to look out for
Attracting and retaining great clients
Selling professionally and effectively
Avoiding bad clients
Managing Projects effectively
Developing a culture
Celebrate the wins
Learn from the mistakes
November 21, 2016 — One can have many reasons to form a WordPress agency. At required+ we didn’t think about becoming an agency in the first place. Initially we teamed up to build an online platform that scratched an itch in all of us, we simply wanted to try and prove a point with the idea we had. All of a sudden we were running a thriving job board for the Swiss web industry and had a beautiful side project to work on. In order to keep our creative freedom and sovereignty, we didn’t want to take money from venture capitalists or investors. Therefore we came up with a concept to keep us going while allowing space for our individual lifestyles. We started to take on interesting client projects, this way we continued to build interesting sites & apps.
October 7, 2016 — Agencies and freelancers exist in order to serve clients: without clients, there’d be no work. Despite – or maybe because of- this fact, we often find those same clients frustrating.
In this talk I’ll share 10 lessons learned for managing clients: during the new business phase, while projects are ongoing, and as projects complete.
Managed properly, client relationships can be tremendously rewarding and fulfilling, even if they do occasionally make you want to bang your head against a wall.
October 1, 2016 — India has the second largest population in the world. More than a million people are directly working in IT sector.
Yet, WordPress agency or in general any software agency in India, or even in South Asia is often mistaken as that agency which does low quality work for ridiculously low rates!
When we started in 2009, it was very clear that we are not going to be part of this “race to the bottom” culture. We wanted to work on projects that were exciting and challenging. A kind of work that makes you proud at the end of the day!
I would like to talk about how we used innovative methods to hire passionate people, what challenges we faced in motivating our employees to be core contributors, nurturing a culture of giving back to open source and how it all helped us stand out.
The result – I am glad to say that I have the privilege to lead and work in one of the most talked about WordPress agencies in India today, for right reasons!
September 25, 2016 — Best practices for estimating WordPress-based projects to be delivered to customers. Understanding and controlling scope; Methods for estimating and tracking time; Managing customer expectations; Retrospectives/continuous improvement