You know how you keep dating the same type of jerk and wondering why it never works out? Well, you’re failing to use Pattern Recognition—recognizing patterns or regularities in the data. Pattern recognition can also be used to evaluate startups, and their founders, to determine the potential success (or otherwise) of the venture. From the personality traits of founders, to the objective of the startup, to the importance of solving your own problems, there seem to be some commonalities that you can try to check off if you want to truly make it as a startup. Solve Large & Real […]
It’s confirmed, Automattic has officially hit the billion dollar mark! The company just raised $160 million in venture funding, placing its new value at $1.16 billion. A blog post by Matt Mullenweg reported that the financing round was led by Deven Parekh of Insight Ventures, with other investors including Chris Sacca, Endurance, Tiger, and Iconiq. Mullenweg indicated that several other investors expressed a high-level of interest, but he focused on finding the best partners. The new funding is further validation of Automattic’s future plans for growth. Mullenweg said: This is obviously a lot of money, especially considering everything we’ve done so far has been built on […]
Let’s congratulate Kirby Prickett, who will be leaving Torque to join the team at WP Engine. She will now be the editor of WP Engine’s blog. Kirby asked me to pass on her thanks to the contributors she worked with during her short time at Torque, saying: I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Michelle and the many excellent contributing writers that help make Torque such a great resource for the WordPress community. Best wishes to Kirby in her new role! Michelle Oznowicz is the Managing Editor of Torque. Whether it be directing a short film, […]
Big News This Week This past week there was news of 3 different name changes by companies you may know. The first announcement came from ZippyKid, who decided to change their name to Pressable. The second announcement came from MaxCDN about their various brands (HDDN, cloudcache, and NetDNA). They’ve now consolidated brands to simply MaxCDN and MaxCDN Enterprise. The third announcement came from VeloMedia as they announced the acquisition of Crowd Favorite. And even though they were acquiring the company, the announcement included the fact that they were going to move forward under the Crowd Favorite name instead of VeloMedia. […]
Community-powered WordPress news aggregation site ManageWP.org has been in action for one week and people are loving it! Upon first hearing about the project in mid-August, I was very interested in the idea and wanted to learn more. I signed up right away to be a beta tester, but for some reason I didn’t get an email back. So I wrote about the news of ManageWP having an aggregation site in the works, without yet having the chance to test it. Instead, I focused on finding out how people were currently organizing and consuming their WordPress news on their own, without […]
Hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday! If you’re having WordPress news withdrawals, feel free to check out this past week’s episode of Week in WordPress with Matt Medeiros, below. I was lucky enough to be a guest this episode, along with Jason Coleman and Brian Casel. Also, if you look close enough you might be able to spot a Mogwai on my couch. I better not let it get wet…or: But back to the show—we talk about WordPress Connect, gossip vs. news, aggregated vs. curated…and widgets. Enjoy!
Matt Medieros, WordPress entrepreneur, podcaster, and co-founder of Slocum Studio, was kind enough to have me on his show, Matt Report, this past week. The interview gave me an opportunity to talk about my background, share details of how Torque came to be, and further explain my role as Editor at Torque. We also got to wax poetic about journalism, blogging and entertainment…and discuss our thoughts on the evolving WordPress community and the future of WordPress news. Matt is such a great host and I had a blast being a guest. I hope you enjoy!
We’ve known for a little while that ManageWP has had something in the works, we just didn’t know exactly what. Until yesterday, that is, when they made their project available to those willing to submit their email address to get invited to test it out. Turns out I’m still waiting for my email invite, so I can’t give you my full opinion quite yet. But I can share with you my initial thoughts and reactions! Hmmm…another news site? That’s what I heard through the grapevine (aka saw on my Twitter feed) when I woke up yesterday morning. Upon further investigation, and after […]
WordPress.com Connect is now available for third party developers. This new feature is comparable to Facebook Connect, Sign in with Twitter, and Open ID. It offers a secure and easy way for WordPress users to login to your site or app, by simply using their own WordPress credentials. This makes connecting with other WordPress users that much easier. By integrating WordPress.com Connect on your site, people have the option to login without having to create or remember any new login information. What’s in it for the users? From their dashboard, users can control which apps have access to their data […]
Cue Billy Holiday! At last… WordPress 3.6 Oscar is now available for download.