Hey everyone! My name is Gabriel A. Mays and I'm the Head of WordPress at GoDaddy.
What I Do
My role involves everything from leading our WordPress products and strategy to identifying acquisition opportunities, managing partnerships, hiring new WordPress team members, evangelizing WordPress inside the company and helping GoDaddy be a better member of the WordPress community.
Like most WordPress folks, I have an unconventional background. Previously, I was a Captain in the Marine Corps. A combat veteran, I spent two years between Iraq and Afghanistan operating on small, embedded teams. While in the Marine Corps I met my wife, who's still an active duty Marine F/A-18 aviator and just finished two years as #8 on the Blue Angels.
I discovered WordPress almost 10 years ago after trying just about everything else building sites for myself and others. On my last 12-month deployment to Afghanistan I spent my free time learning about business, startups and teaching myself to be a better developer.
I learn by doing, so while deployed I decided to build a SaaS product that abstracted the complexity to give small businesses beautiful, fully functional websites in 60 seconds. Further, it'd integrate with hundreds of other apps to automate business processes. For example, when a customer submits a form it'd automatically create an invoice, schedule an appointment, add the customer to an email newsletter and CRM, send a text message summary, etc. The idea was to give businesses more than a website, they'd also get a way to automate their business.
This was challenging to do working from a tent in Afghanistan with limited internet connectivity on an old $300 duct-taped laptop. But it didn't matter, during the process I fell in love with building products, strategy and WordPress--there was nothing else I'd rather be doing. Halfway through that 12-month deployment I knew what I wanted to do next: leave the Marine Corps and build products that help people leverage WordPress to build businesses as great as their ambitions.
I launched the startup shortly after returning from deployment and soon had my first customers. After attending a Y Combinator startup event I met one of the partners from Google Ventures who became a mentor. I decided against seeking funding, but through connections I eventually met Jeff King, SVP of Hosting at GoDaddy.
At that time, I felt the same way about GoDaddy that many WordPress folks used to, but decided to give it a chance after learning about the new leadership team. I was impressed, they "got it" and were investing heavily to turn things around, so I agreed to do a product demo and stayed in contact with the team.
Over the next two years my startup spun off a new product targeted at high end real estate investors (also on WordPress) in addition to the existing product for small businesses. It was fun, but exhausting. We didn't hire fast enough (we were self-funded) or iterate fast enough. We remained profitable, but our opportunity to be a dominant player faded.
In late 2014 my wife joined the Blue Angels as #8 where she'd be traveling 300 days a year doing airshows for the 2015-2016 seasons. This inspired me to take advantage of the opportunity to try something new. Around the same time GoDaddy was looking for someone to lead WordPress and I accepted.
A year later, here I am. I absolutely love what I do and I'm incredibly proud of what the team has accomplished in the last year. We still have a lot of work to do to give the WordPress community the amazing experience it deserves and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be part of it.
I look forward to answering your questions and meeting you at the next WordCamp or Meetup. You can find me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrielmays and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabriel.mays.
Excited to answer your questions. I founded Human Made 6 years ago with Joe and Noel, we're one of the world's leading WordPress client service firms. We specialise in large-scale WordPress, usually 6-7 figure accounts with enterprise or big media. We run a line of professional conferences, so far based on the WP REST API and remote working. Our work internally has turned into several products, including Nomadbase and Happytables. We're bootstrapped at Human Made but have also gone the VC route with products.
We intentionally put a lot back into WordPress, through our work directly on Core with things like the WP REST API, Accessibility, Polyglots as well as our level of community involvement.
We're 40+ Humans spread across the globe, from the West Coast of the US all the through to New Zealand.
I spend a lot of my time focused on strategy, hiring, Humans & finances.
Ask me anything!
I'm Matt Cromwell, I have a wild and crazy job history and educational background that magically landed me at WordImpress  as Partner, Head of Support, co-author of the Give Donation Plugin , and more.
I'm obnoxiously proud of the fact I began web development by building websites for churches with Notepad in pure HTML and CSS. My first exposure to WordPress was when they released the Kubrick theme  -- I was in AWE of its fancy rounded border with subtle gradient background.
I started building sites for churches to fund my education. First for my Master of Arts in Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and then for my Master of Arts in History at San Diego State University, which of course made perfect sense to go with my Bachelors in Music Education .
Miraculously, I understood web development pretty well. I loved teaching, but I also wanted to get paid and provide for my family. So while I kept studying and paying for my education, I also built sites and earned more. The tipping point happened when I looked into a PhD in History and what that would cost my family compared to taking the offer to build-out the products at WordImpress. I haven't looked back since.
I'm also the Lead Organizer of our Advanced WordPress Meetup in San Diego. We started the Advanced WordPress Facebook group back in 2012 and it now has over 23K members and over 30 admins from all parts of the globe. We recently did the largest WordPress giveaway in history with over $100K in prizes given away to over thirty lucky winners. Our little Facebook group has come a long way in a relatively short time.
Through it all, I also blog regularly about Religion, Politics, and WordPress at my personal site .
So, what do you want to know? Ask me anything! Don't forget to refresh the page to see answers and other questions.
 - https://wordimpress.com
 - https://givewp.com
 - http://binarybonsai.com/kubrick/
 - https://www.mattcromwell.com
I am the Spectrum Division Lead at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. The Spectrum Division is in charge of domain names.
I started developing online products from Paris, France in 1994, managed and monetised high profile domain name portfolios from 1998. In 2004 I found my internet consultancy firm in Geneva, Switzerland.
I am originally from Italy, studied photography in Paris, France. I have been leading remote teams since 1998. After Italy, France, the US for a short while, and Switzerland, I currently live in Vienna, Austria. I dedicate most of my free time to the WordPress community through the organisation of WordCamp Europe.
Built my first website in 1995, wasn’t much of an industry back then so I worked in banking for a while before deciding to make the switch over to freelancing to now running Human Made with my friends Tom & Joe . We do plenty of big agency work, but I’m mostly excited about all things product. I’m also a WordCamp Europe organiser and have run two Swiss WordCamps. My day is filled with front-end dev, designing in sketch, creating keynote decks and jumping on calls.
Things that I’m either working on or excited in participating in:
- Founded Happytables  with Tom & Joe, a platform which previously was a squarespace for restaurants. We learnt a lot from that which is why we pivoted the business and are aiming for a much larger segment of the industry; unifying various restaurant software into one and producing insights that restaurant staff can on the same day. Built with React and the REST API.
- Nomadbase , a platform for digital nomads to find each other. We’re working on an exciting mobile app built on React Native and the REST API.
- Vienna . The current WordPress mobile app is quite Automattic-centric (by favouring JetPack) and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. However, I think that it’s important that a vendor-neutral alternative is available to the community. This is also a React Native project, so I’m looking forward to contributing (and you should too).
- Exploring the core experiences of WordPress; creating content or consuming content. Be it front-end editing, live collaboration, new page builders, new interactions for readers, etc.
- WordPress as an Application Platform. WordPress growth has slowed down (maybe even come to a rest?), it will be very interesting to see how it evolves with the REST API coming in.
- The thought of more regional (WordCamp Nordics) and continental (WordCamp Asia) events. They’ll grow faster than we think.
- Building teams and companies that have progressive ways of working and employing/compensating people.
- Been a nomad for 3 years, so all things remote working  Check out our remote working event "Out of Office" 
Things I’ve worked on in the past:
- Founded Project Reality, which went on to become one of the largest gaming modifications of the last decade.
- Founded Game-Artist.net, a community for game artists, ended up selling it to CG Society.
Hey, I'm Tom! I am the owner and lead developer at Pressware. We're a small (that is, a two-person) development shop that uses WordPress for building custom solutions for small businesses and individuals. I also work as the Editor for Tuts+ Code where we publish numerous, free tutorials on learning new skills in various languages and technologies.
My background is in computer science, and though I've used WordPress since 2005, it wasn't until 2010 when I began to focus primarily on using it as a foundation for building solutions for others. Now, I enjoy speaking at WordCamps, my local meetup, and talking with others who are using WordPress is any capacity - be it for blogging or a foundation for application development.
I blog daily on my personal blog, and I've recently started another one that focuses on running a business, time management, productivity, and things like that.
When I'm not at my computer, you're likely to find me spending time with my wife and our two daughters as well as our two crazy terrier mutts. I'm also into fitness, so I try to fit about an hour of working out into each day. And when I've caught up on everything else (which is rarely, but it does happen :), you're likely to find me playing guitar or tracking some music in GarageBand.
Ask me anything!
 - https://pressware.co
 - https://tommcfarlin.com
 - https://heyimtom.com
Hey there - I'm Jake Goldman, and I like to say I've been "making with the web since there was a web to make."
I started making websites in the 90's when I was still in high school, taking on my first paid gig in 1997. Over the next 14 years, I worked in the technical and creative services industry as a developer, designer, manager, and salesperson... usually wearing several of those hats at once. I've worked for huge organizations (the U.S. Navy) and tiny organizations (employee #2 at my last job). I went through the first browser wars, built interactive applications in Flash when that was a thing, spent too much time working with a proprietary ColdFusion CMS, and even "designed" a few web ads (yikes).
In February of 2011, I started a consultancy focused on WordPress engineering and UX called 10up. While I had ambitions to grow (I didn't call it "Jake, Inc."), having spent the last 5 years in senior management, I thought it would be nice to take a year off from managing teams and focus on projects I could handle as a freelancer, maybe collaborating with a few contractors. I'm bad at saying "no" when opportunity knocks, and before 10up's first year was over, I'd grown the team to 8 employees, with some noteworthy showcase clients, like TechCrunch and Trulia, already under our belt.
Since that first year, 10up has organically grown in size and scope. Today, we are ~130 full time staff strong and as financially healthy as ever, with expertise spanning virtually every aspect of making and supporting even the most complex and high scale web projects. Our expertise goes much deeper than WordPress (still our preferred CMS), and includes user experience and creative design, monetization and advertising strategy, front and back end engineering, and of course, project strategy and management. Last year, we had a client project featured on Google's home page (it uses the WordPress REST API, and yes, it stayed up), and saw 4 client projects nominated for Webby Awards (AMC.com won). Since mid-2015, we've helped Adobe relaunch 99u, helped Microsoft launch Windows 10 with an official media and consumer launch microsite, collaborated with ESPN to release another flagship property (The Undefeated), helped both the New York Times Co. and Washington Post with some publishing tool projects... and the list goes on. An analysis of the impact of iOS 9 Content Blockers that I co-authored was featured and quoted in publications like Time, AdAge, and Daring Fireball.
I'm also very proud of 10up's continued tradition of investing heavily back into in the open source platforms we depend on. We're the only agency that employs a Lead WordPress (Core) Developer, likely the largest contributor to WordPress behind Automattic, our company plugins are listed as "active" on ~1 million WordPress installs, and projects like VVV and Flexibility have become standbys. Our team has spoken at events around the world: phpWorld, NTC, ZendCon, CSSCONF, Gilbane, and of course, anchor WordCamps like U.S. and Europe - to name a few.
The journey has been inspiring... and exhausting, exhilarating, emotionally draining, and unbelievably educational and maturing. Even in our toughest moments, or when I'm agonizing over a mistake I've made (in classic type-A fashion), I've always tried to keep perspective, and remember just how fortunate I am, both professionally and personally.
These days, when I'm not working with team 10up, I'm usually chasing around one very curious 10 month old daughter. In the event I get a bit of independent free time, I've been cultivating an interesting in cooking, and indulging a home-automation interest. My podcasts playlist consists mostly of political and issue commentary, with a sprinkling of Apple enthusiast news. I do enjoy a good Netflix original, but with my new daughter in the picture, a "binge" looks like finishing one episode without interruption. I'm eager to travel more, again, when I can.
We've met on Elance some 7 years ago, when Per was running his web development agency specializing in TYPO3 and 3D animation and Tomaž being a certified TYPO3 integrator.
Together we were working on a couple of enterprise-y websites for Scandinavian companies and after two years, both observed a decline in attitude towards online freelancers; It was a race to the bottom which resulted in low prices and a shark tank environment.
We decided that standing by as the industry went haywire just wasn't good enough so we've set out to build what we think was the best approach to online freelancing: No bidding, Quality control, Freelancers being colleagues rather than competition - so we founded Codeable 
In those early days, while doing the market analysis, we also found the best possible open-source community in the world: WordPress. We felt we could be a constructive part of this community, and we were not wrong - working with some of the most popular plugin authors and renowned businesses to provide great support for their clients beyond their capabilities has been both a humbling and a rewarding experience!
And to this day we're constantly trying to improve the freelancing experience by making a promise of quality to the clients and a promise of fair treatment and payments to the freelancers.
In more operational aspects of the company, Tomaž takes care of the technical parts like servers and infrastructure, development, technical blogging, while Per is the chief of our fanatical customer support, legalities and accounting.
Ask us anything!
Hi, I’m Shane. I’m a partner at Modern Tribe Inc. We’re a fully-distributed agency and products company, working remotely with over 60 talented folks across the globe.
We work primarily with enterprise-level clients, including Fortune 500 companies, universities, government institutions, and the occasional well-funded startup. We’ve had the opportunity to work with brands you all know: from Stanford and Harvard, to eBay, Disney, Nike, Levis, and so many more.
We’re also pretty well known for our suite of events management plugins, including The Events Calendar, Event Tickets, GigPress, and others, which support over 500,000 active users.
I’ve journeyed through all the roles in an agency, starting as a solo developer in 2000, to designer, ux / ui and strategy, project manager, product manager, ops manager, technical director, director of sales and am nearly at the point where I actually spend a lot of my time being a CEO.
I live in Santa Cruz, CA and shape my work around my life. Currently I am learning the art of coaching U8 girls soccer and am starting a new girls surf club for my daughter and her friends. I have some awesome trips this quarter, having just returned from Punta Mita with my leadership team, and heading to Dakar, Senegal in a few weeks, followed by the Canary Islands in December. My wife and I are in the hunt for a city to move to for a year
I’m a surfer, real estate investor, freelance evangelist, Gov 2.0 advocate, speaker, toddler wrangler, intrepid traveler...
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My name is Brian Krogsgard. I'm the editor of Post Status ( https://poststatus.com ), a news and information website for WordPress professionals. It's my full time job, where I manage a community, write a members-only newsletter, and do other activities to promote an ecosystem for folks to be better informed at whatever they do in the WordPress space.
I've been heavily involved and writing in (and about) the WordPress community since 2010. After spending several years as a WordPress developer in two agencies, I went full time on Post Status in December 2014.
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My name is Luca Sartoni. I spent the last 15 years helping companies to achieve success. I started as a developer back in the days, but I found my real potential when I explored the shared ground between marketing and software, implementing data-informed strategies.
I freelanced most of my adult life and two years ago I joined Automattic as a Growth Engineer.
I also actively contribute to the WordPress Community and I co-organise WordCamp Europe.
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My name is Marie Dodson. I'm the editor at Torque Magazine, an online publication for and by the WordPress community. I work closely with a network of writers to publish excellent content for WordPress professionals -- from plugin and theme roundups, to dev tutorials, WordPress news, and beyond.
I love writing about WordPress and engaging with the community. Ask me anything!
My name is Mario Peshev. I'm the CEO of DevriX, a distributed WordPress company with 25 folks (3 WordPress Core contributors) across 7 countries specializing in long-term business, development and growth retainer contracts for successful businesses.
I built my first "website" in 1999, along with my first automated programs in QBasic and Pascal (for educational purposes). I've been actively participating in hundreds of digital endeavors ever since, with WordPress being my true passion as the perfect framework for the Web.
Ask me anything!
Have a look at who is coming up on season 3 AMA! Fantastic people sharing their experiences, don't miss it!
I am very excited to announce that this year, we have 3 months packed full of great WordPressers who are going live on ManageWP.org for 8 hours, so you can ASK THEM ANYTHING. Want more advice on how to start a WordPress business, need some tips for your website design, interested in how to start a photography blog, always wanted to be an editor, want to know how to get there? Now you have the opportunity to ask these questions and get answers from those who have been there and done that. AMA The Beginning
In the past we have already had 26 WordPress influencers come online and chat to our readers, and the engagement has been overwhelming. Looking back at these times, we realized we wanted to take our AMA to the next level. This year we have tried to put together a list of people with different experience, so that you have the opportunity to ask questions in all areas of expertise.
AMA was started in August 2015, with our very own Vladimir Prelovac, as the first AMAer. Since then we have had the pleasure of featuring Bob Dunn, Mason James and Michael Torbert – this is just to name a few. There have been so many useful questions, that I can’t wait to see what will happen in
Hello there! I currently reside in the wonderful state of Ohio and host the WordPress Weekly podcast. I'm the founder of WP Tavern, one of the largest sites devoted to WordPress and I've been writing about the software for more than eight years, it's one of the few things in life I'm good at. I enjoy watching trains, the Back to The Future movies, meteorology, the 90s, especially the grunge music era, and good food. What more do you want to know?
I'm a WordPress plugin developer, educator and entrepreneur.
I am the founder of CalderaWP. We make Caldera Forms, an awesome drag and drop, responsive form builder and many other awesome plugins. I am also a co-founder and developer for Ingot, an awesome A/B testing tool for WordPress. I also write a lot about WordPress and wrote a book on the WordPress REST API and am a core contributor to WordPress.
Besides WordPress, I'm really into music, science fiction and coffee.
Ask me anything...
BTW Find me on the interwebs here:
Most of you know me as the lead developer for All in One SEO Pack, but to my wife I’m just a Star Trek geek. I currently live in North Carolina, but am originally from Virginia. I’ve had a variety of work experiences before WordPress, including a network operations center engineer, working for a SAAS forms company (before there was Gravity Forms), and then my own Semper Fi Web Design (http://semperfiwebdesign.com), before I launched a variety of commercial plugins, most of which are on http://semperplugins.com (some are hosted elsewhere, and others were sold).
I started playing with WordPress in 2007, but really got into the community in 2008. I started traveling all over to go to WordCamps, and have been organizing the Raleigh WordPress meetup group and WordCamp Raleigh since 2009 and 2010, respectively. You’ll find me often in the .org forums, helping out where I can.
I’ve even gotten my wife into the WordPress world lately. She’s a project translation editor for Tibetan and Chinese on translate.wordpress.org.
Feel free to ask me any questions you have about WordPress stuff, but there is a lot more to me than just WordPress. Outside the office, I love to travel, fly my DJI quadcopters, eat foods from all over, Audis, college football, my Nikon, and so much more.
I'm excited to be here to answer any questions you might have about building web businesses and living in Cape Town, South Africa. Thanks for having me ManageWP.
I'll try check-in here regularly throughout the day.
Hi, I'm James Farmer and let's get the WordPress persona non grata thing https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/10-years-as-a-wordpress-entrepreneur/ out of the way first yeh? Tick. Done. I'm sure we won't hear anything more about that ;)
In other news I founded http://edublogs.org in 2006, co-founded the business side of https://premium.wpmudev.org a few years after and have since had a crack (and often failed) at pretty much every WP business under the sun.
Currently I'm CEO of Incsub, based in Melbourne Australia, run by an awesome worldwide team of folks who do far more important work than me.
Ask me anything...
I'm Pippin Williamson, founder of numerous plugins, a reviewer for WordPress.org/plugins, a cyclist, and avid craft beer lover. Ask me anything!
I'm Pippin Williamson, founder of numerous plugins, a reviewer for WordPress.org/plugins, a cyclist, and avid craft beer lover. Ask me anything!
I am a WordPress plugin developer living in Hutchinson Kansas.
6 years ago I began my journey working in WordPress and today I am the owner and CEO of three companies and the founder of several large eCommerce based plugins, including Easy Digital Downloads, AffiliateWP, and Restrict Content Pro. I have also written well over 200 plugins, I help review plugin submissions on WordPress.org, and frequently contribute back to WordPress core. I also co-host a podcast about WordPress development called ApplyFilters
Outside of WordPress and development, I love cycling, hiking, great coffee, and craft beer. I'm an avid homebrewer and a lover of sour beers.
My wife and two daughters are the heart soul of everything I do.
Ask me anything!
Hi Gang, I'm super excited to be here for the next 8 hours answering nay questions you have about running a WordPress consulting business, running a successful membership community website or selling courses online.
Hello! I'm Collis, in 2006 I cofounded Envato, the company behind ThemeForest, CodeCanyon, and Tuts+. I got into WordPress in 2007 shortly after we launched the company because I wanted to start a blog. I soon got into theming (being a web designer) and even cowrote a book on theming (a long time ago, it's not a very relevant book now!) These days most of my time is just running Envato, but I still work with WordPress for my personal projects, and am really excited to be here to do an AMA!
I'm a designer and a writer, but most known for creating the premium WordPress theme market.
I'm living the dream in the suburbs of Chicago with my wife Shelly and 11 year-old son Zach.
Most people know me as a Starbucks addict or Sarah McLachlan fan -- both of which would be right.
So what else do you want to know?
I love talking about entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, career advice and of course my beautiful amazing kiddos (Caloway and Lillian). :)
I'm a former newspaper journalist turned web entrepreneur. Started iThemes in 2008 and now we have 25 people, thousands of customers and are focused on making people's lives awesome.
What else do you want to know? :)