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AMA with Brian Gardner, founder of StudioPress and the Genesis framework, this Wednesday (16th Dec).

Dec. 14, 2015

And we're back!

Hey all, just to give you a heads up for the AMA taking place this week, which will be on a Wednesday (16th Dec), starting at 9:00 am CST, and will be our last for the year.

Our guest this week will be Brian Gardner, founder of StudioPress and the Genesis framework.

Brian started building free themes for WordPress as a hobby while he was a project manager for an architectural company.

He was one of the first (if not the first) people to offer premium WordPress themes and at a time when WordPress was seen simply as a blogging platform and when selling WordPress themes was met by some people with pitchforks!

In the first month of releasing his first premium theme, "Revolution Theme", he did around $10,000 in sales. And with the first three months of the launch, sales basically doubled every month.

Brian then created StudioPress and the Genesis framework, which grew into a multi-million dollar business.

In 2010, Brian merged StudioPress and several other companies with Copyblogger to create Copyblogger Media, now Rainmaker Digital - rainmakerdigital.com/ where he's a partner.

You can learn more about Brian and what he's up to, at briangardner.com/ and twitter.com/bgardner. Or you can check out another of Brian's sites nosidebar.com/ which is "A collection of articles on minimalism, simple living and finding happiness."

You can also check out some of the interviews he's done over the years,

rainmaker.fm/audio/sidebar/accidental-entrepreneur/
hacktheentrepreneur.com/podcast/brian-gardner/
mattreport.com/brian-gardner-copyblogger-founder-studiopress/
officehours.fm/podcast/42-2/
mixergy.com/interviews/brian-gardner-interview/

Next week will be two days before Christmas, so we'll be taking a break! We'll start back up again in January.

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carrie dils

Heya Brian,

Do you see a point in the future where you'd open up access to the Rainmaker codebase to developers (not for contributions - just the ability to see it and develop with it in a local environment)? Rainmaker is a cool SaaS offering for your customers, but it's an unwelcoming environment for developers due to lack of access/control.

Cheers,
Carrie

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carrie dils

What do you see as the biggest gap in service offerings around Rainmaker that an entrepreneurial-minded Genesis designer/dev could provide? (i.e. site setup, strategy, integrations, etc)

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