Matt Mullenweg kicked off WooConf 2016 in Austin, and gave a good overview of the State of the Woo. Still waiting to hear the story behind the green hair-do.
Loved this TEDx Talk by Norwegian comedian Harald Eia on why socialist Scandinavia is a breeding ground for rich people.
Talking to agencies like Dekode, Maksimer and Making Waves, it is good to hear WordPress gaining momentum in Norway and making a shift against proprietary CMS’s like Episerver for the enterprise clients.
December 7th was a calm day after one of the most rainy storms in 50 years. Reve Havn had some nice 3-7ft waves rolling in with water temperature about 6 degrees celcius, perfect for winter surfing.
We use BuiltWith to measure WooCommerce growth and compare to our competition. They just updated their entire database which includes 332 million domains, and WooCommerce just passed a million websites (up from 900k). The new number is 1,111,882 sites running WooCommerce which is close to WordPress.org usage stats of 1+ million sites with the plugin installed.
This is pretty amazing for an eCommerce platform which is just over 4 years old, but shows the powers of open source and WordPress.
I told the WooThemes story at Internetdagarna in Stockholm.
— WooCommerce (@WooCommerce) November 23, 2015
— Johan Bergqvist (@JohanBergqvist) November 23, 2015
— Therese Davidsson P (@tdavidsson) November 23, 2015
— Magnus Jepson (@mjepson) November 23, 2015
— Magnus Jepson (@mjepson) November 22, 2015
This isn’t my office today, but one of my team members. We’ve got a pretty cool page at Automattic which showcases our office space for the day. Check it out!
Our distributed team at Automattic hail from nearly every continent and 36 countries around the world.
When we launched WooCommerce back in 2011, WordPress only powered 13,1% of all websites online, but it has almost doubled that since then, and now powers a whopping 25% of all sites on the Internet.
I think open source generally grows stronger and more secure the more popular it is and more people it has working on it. We all benefit from a common platform we can build on and then differentiate on top of it, instead of reinventing the wheel over and over again for no good reason.
You can read more on Matt’s blog.
Back in 2012 we had a talented designer do some posters for WooThemes dubbed WooVille, and this is one of my favorites. I’m in the process of getting our WooVille comic series printed as posters for my home office. Sitting at 25 people, we managed to double in size over the next three years before we were acquired by Automattic.
Hiring people that don’t live near you or your office is becoming more common, and we have embraced this from the start at WooThemes (and Automattic).
At WordCamp Europe, Tom Wilmot from Human Made did a great presentation on this:
Mark (my co-founder at Woo) spoke at WordCamp Europe on the story of WooThemes. If you are interested in how we grew Woo from 3 to 55 people in just under seven years, and how we were eventually acquired by Automattic, then take a look at the video of the presentation.