Mason James of WP Valet shares what he learned in the first year of getting his self-funded startup off the ground. By Mason James | July 24, 2013 What a difference a year makes. For some, 2012 was supposed to be the end of the world. And yet, a partner and I set out with all the wide-eyed enthusiasm, lofty goals, and scrumptious naïveté that I imagine most first-time entrepreneurs share. On June 1 we celebrated our first anniversary. Reflecting on our first year, I can say, man, we made a lot of mistakes. We also changed course more times […]
I’m a super-fan of startups and spend as much time with other startups that I possibly can – even last night I was with our local Atlanta iOS Meetup group and we talked, among other things, starting an iOS-based company. (Yes, it’s totally ok for WordPressers to have passions outside the WordPress-centric software development world! You knew that, of course…) But the startup world is seeing more and more WordPress-related ventures and that’s super-exciting because it means that WordPress is getting the attention that it deserves in many respects as being a viable business foundation for entrepreneurs and startup heads. The principles […]
There’s a lot of talk around the recent acquisition of Tumblr via Yahoo! and the varying perspectives are as varied as you might imagine, from those that have foretold the death of the tumblogging service to those that say this is the best thing that could happen to David Karp and his team. Regardless of where you sit I just want to salute David (and the investors) and applaud the work done – lots of time, resources ($125M in funding), and blood/sweat/tears went into building Tumblr and they’ve received a reward that was worth every penny (and then some). And to […]
Or at least look at the following infographic. This decision-making tree, although a little funny and naturally silly provides an interesting perspective into the psychology of that “next great website or app” – if it wasn’t funny then it wouldn’t be somewhat true, right? One of the most common things that happens when I go publicly speak about entrepreneurship or startups is I get a lot of 1-on-1 feedback from people who “have a great idea” but who don’t have the necessary skills to pull it off. A question that I generally ask them in the front-end of this dialogue […]
Every startup needs traffic because traffic creates users, customers, and perhaps more importantly, fans. And a customer testimonial or big-name blog helps with that traffic wave, right? It kind of makes your startup more “legit” in some sense, right? Well, not always, but it can provide some confidence for those new customers who are just viewing your site for the first time. And hey, wouldn’t you know, but there’s an “app” (or web service) for those testimonials.
Building a startup is hard work and it takes a seriously-large gut to stomach the ups and downs, the twists and turns, and incredible highs and the even lower lows. The 3-man team consisting of Orman Clark , Gilbert Pellegrom and Mark Southard are doing just that with their latest startup Dunked, an online portfolio service that’s gotten a bit of press since they announced in a little while back. Many of you will be familiar with their previous work at places like ThemeZilla and PremiumPixels – Orman was the 3rd Elite Author over at Envato which means he sold over $1,000,000 in products via their marketplace and is […]
The things that we do for our families, right? Today is a weekend work day – and to give my wife some much-needed rest the girls came with me to the office. They have some yummy gummy snacks, their iPads, and their coloring sets which should get me to around lunch time. Strike that – most likely it’ll get me half-way there. These girls get bored as quickly as I do!
They say that entrepreneurs are a rare breed, that if everyone could be one then everyone would be one. I understand why people would believe this to be true but I believe that entrepreneurship can actually be taught instead of just inherited like a magic gene or something else as equally cosmic. In fact, besides mentoring and coaching existing entrepreneurs and walking with them through their current projects and ventures I’ve been spending time helping others fully embrace their inner-entrepreneur and teaching them the mechanics of building their own futures and products. But that doesn’t mean it is easy by any stretch […]
It’s no secret that we’re super-fans of Automattic, Inc. and WordPress. We kind of bleed this stuff, you know? And we’re not alone in that as many of you are fanatics as well! But we try our very best to be critical of what we report on and unbiased in our approach – it’s a line we toe every single day but the tension, as they say, is a good one. One of the things that I do besides edit this blog and write like it’s going out of style is help my team grow as a startup and organization […]
Running a business is a challenge – just ask anyone who’s tried it. Starting one is even more difficult, especially if it’s just yourself, your idea, and a grand vision to make it the best that it can possibly be – if you can survive the first year then you’ve accomplished more than most! That’s what Brian Casel has experienced (and more) in the last since since launching Restaurant Engine, a niche-based product to help restaurant owners get their own food-based business off the ground. His reflection is revealing because it’s not about just the good that he’s experienced and […]