PressNomics: Not all rainbow hopping unicorns and why that’s a good thing
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.
Competition in the air
I was going to open this up with the softer side of PressNomics and why, if you’re in the WordPress business, this is a must attend event.
Instead, I’ll give you the harder side of why you should attend.
This was the energy I could feel resonating at the event.
I love competition, it’s what drives my team and I every day. WordPress community in general tends to shy away from the competitive factor that surrounds us. Sure we’re all working for the greater good of the platform and spreading the adoption of this software — but at the end of the day we’re competing with one another.
I don’t care if you’re GravityForms and you think there’s no competitive offering. I respect the mantra and confidence, but…
- The British empire thought they didn’t have competition
- Kodak was synonymous with photography
- Microsoft was unstoppable
- General Motors had the more cash in the bank than anyone
- Apple, yes Apple, is feeling the squeeze
You have competition. We have competition.
The difference at this event is, the competition is willing to share and start a dialogue with you.
Envato and Mojo sat side by side.
WPEngine walked the halls of a Page.ly event
Countless plugin, theme and service competitors shared ideas, pain points and aide for others.
This is the positive side of competition.
That’s what is unique to PressNomics and the WordPress business community at large. We acknowledge that at the end of the day we need to put food on the table, but it isn’t without helping our peers that will get us there.
Some of my highlights
Hands down worth the entire trip. What have we accomplished on top of this software/community? Sold some themes? Built some plugins?
How are we changing humanity? Do you care?
In his example of “the stack” Derek challenges us to think about this example:
Linux > Apache > PHP > WordPress > you
What are we going to create next?
This struck a chord with me and encouraged me to dig deeper into my business and this very podcast. What can I do to inspire and put a dent in humanity with my art?
It was encouraging to witness the interaction of the Envato team and some of the key WordPress developers of our community. Support and splitting the revenue still seems to be an issue for most and it appears that Envato is listening.
Wether or not they cut special deals for the big volume sellers and adjust their support structure for those securing their own brands is yet to be seen. Either way they are listening and engaging which seemingly means they’re willing to adjust.
This was probably the most important element of the event.
You would see a couple people in the lobby chatting and showing screenshots huddled around a laptop. Around the corner it was groups of people standing in the snack room sharing their pain points and how they can help one another after the conference.
If awards could have been given out to the most conversation’s started, it would have gone to Shane of Modern Tribe. I saw him in more circles and groups peppered throughout the event.
The event sparked from hallway talks did not let me down and affirmed it was the real magic happening.
WordPress business is not the only reason why you need to consider attending and supporting the event.
Sally puts the humanity in this business conference.
From the $6,000 raised for the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital all the way down to the awesome mugs we received that were hand crafted from an artist on Etsy — truly your work keeps us connected to what this all really means in the long run.
This short paragraph doesn’t do you justice to the hard work and thought you put into the experience for all of us. I’m sure I speak for everyone at PressNomics 2013 — we wish you continued success and joy in your journey to help others.
Thank you for your hard work pregnant and all.
“The sexiest voice on stage” and one of the most approachable founders at the event.
We had lunch, chatted about business, and it felt like we’ve been friends for a decade.
If you watch my interview with Cory, it’s fairly obvious and in person he just swoons you. I chat with a lot of WordPress folks and have bite sized 140 character conversations with them throughout the day. Finally getting to meet someone in person and shake their hand is another reason to get out from behind the Twittersphere.
It was a humbling experience chatting with a bunch of Matt Report fans that have been tuning in week after week. The best part about the feedback is when I hear they are actually applying the lessons learned from each episode.
I truly appreciated talking with all of you at the event and hope to see you there next year.
Is this event for you?
I’ll be honest, when I first saw the announcement for 2013 I was skeptical.
Do I want to attend another reunion of sorts?
Is this going to be clicky with a side of haves and have nots?
If you’re running a WordPress business the easy answer is: yes.
Even if you’re a veteran, you’re going to discover other companies around you doing amazing things. I’ll be honest, it’s not without it’s clicky groups in the hallway, but that experience is dwarfed by the positive energy and mix of WordPress entrepreneurs willing to chat with you.
Before I forget, all of the speakers were great and I have a ton of takeaway from each topic. Josh and Sally were able to bring together a great mix of voices. I’m sure I speak for the rest, we applaud you for this event.
Humbled to be there thanks to my friend Chris Lema and already looking forward to next year.