Just getting back from PressNomics and flipping through my Rolodex of awesome new connections.
Oh and catching up from jet lag — sorry Rebecca.
If you’re interested in attending PressNomics or learning what it’s all about, check out my review here. Loads of good comments there too. So what’s up in episode 53?
I had a chance to sit down with Josh Strebel founder of Page.ly at the event and chat with him to find out what’s going on in his world. If you’re thinking about starting your own managed hosting WordPress service you’ll want to tune in.
There’s a certain energy in the air when you first walk into the room at PressNomics.
In my perspective, WordCamp’s are light and airy, like a high school reunion.
This time, we were amongst other entrepreneurs, marketers and founders of the most respected WordPress businesses. There were no hugs and rainbows, but an immediate feeling of “things” being set in motion.
Ideas, collaboration, partnerships and strategies.
PressNomics is not all hugs and rainbows, it’s an environment that can act as a catalyst to spur innovation in the WordPress world.
Whew….I just finished recording the pilot episode of the Matt Report WordPress startup challenge.
It. Was. Epic!
First, I want to say it was a humbling experience getting some of the best folks in the WordPress community to join me and devote over an hour of their time. Seriously, you guys rock.
Second, the freshman round of startup contestants did a great job presenting and asking questions — really, you folks are what inspire me to do this stuff. I threw a lot of weight on your shoulders as our guinea pigs and you handled it effortlessly — like a true entrepreneur.
Catch a preview the episode below and don’t forget to join the mailing list to know when the full show is released!
- Angie Meeker of YourCrimeSite.com
- Ben Sibley of SupportDash.com
- Dan Norris of WPCurve.com
- Jonathan Kay of WPStageCoach.com
Thanks everyone for joining the show. After some final edits, I’ll e-mail everyone on my list to get access to the first episode.
Here’s to WordPress entrepreneurs!
Two of my favorite entrepreneurs to follow tweeted out some awesome content this week.
Gary Vaynerchuck is one of the hardest working dude’s getting shit done in the web tech space. I feel like I have to swear just because he does. In a world of A/B testing, analytics and social graphs he boils it down to a handshake as the ultimate deal closer.
Are you running your business strictly for the money?
Let me put it this way: If we’re building a business for financial freedom that affords us the opportunity to enjoy life — should we focus on the money?
Why not, right?
Money pays off the mortgage, which in turn allows us to spend more money on travel. While we’re traveling we need money to eat, so I better start making more money. Oh and also, we’ll need money to buy new clothes or flip flops for all of these vacations we’re going on. Maybe a new laptop bag?
It’s an honest way of looking at things and it’s fairly black and white to me.
Until I met “Suzanne.” (That’s the name I’ll give her for the rest of this post).
See, Suzanne does it strictly for the money. Like, “I’m in this market because I can exploit the high margins and they don’t know any better” kind of scenario. Her words, not mine.
5 minutes into my chat with her I knew my “doing it for the money” was different than hers.
So it’s been one amazing year already and you’re asking, what’s next?
You might remember a while back I asked for early stage WordPress startups to apply for my next project. Well phase 2 is underway and if you were one of the lucky applicants, you will be hearing from me in phase 3
But what IS it you ask?
Ultimately it’s a new segment (or series) for the Matt Report. Something other than just interview style episodes. In fact, I’d love your feedback on how I can make interviews better — short from getting a new host.
The #1 question I get when consulting other WordPress entrepreneurs is, “How do you sell WordPress websites and not label yourself a developer or designer?”
The quick answer is, “because my role is to squash the the unknown fear for my client.”
The longer answer is, I pitch support, incorporate technology, I base projects on value, and most importantly I have a team of folks who do an amazing job putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
If you’re pitching potential clients website design like the rest of the internet, best you direct them to 99designs.com right now.