It would be better if your product didn’t exist

It’s true. No one wants to use your product, and it would be better if they didn’t have to. This is not just about crappy products, it’s about great ones too. Using your product is a necessary evil, because a better way doesn’t exist yet. It would be better if I didn’t have to use […]

My Javascript Tools and Workflow Tips

It’s important for a modern front-end developer to have good tools and workflow that is going to survive the perpetually changing land of frameworks, ES specs, Typescript, and slightlybetterthanwhatyoudidyesterday.js craziness. I’ve been working with modern JavaScript tools and frameworks for long enough to have nailed down a pretty good workflow, which I’ll share today. The […]

Javascript, APIs, and the Future of WordPress

Automattic just announced Calypso, which is a radical new interface for WordPress.com. It replaces the old WordPress.com admin experience with a faster, more modern approach. It uses a Javascript framework called React, which was developed by Facebook. The main advantage of React is that it’s supposed to allow development of web and mobile apps using […]

The WP-App Project

Today I’m excited to announce the WP-App Project: a free, open-source mobile app for WordPress site management. The idea is to create a customizable mobile app for WordPress site owners to manage their posts, pages, comments, media, etc. What’s that you say, a WordPress app already exists? Ah, but not like this. No sir, not […]

My 5 Favorite Business Blogs

Reading good blog posts is one of my favorite ways to learn about business. There’s a lot of noise out there, lots of blogs are not worth reading. When your time is limited, it’s important you get to the good stuff quickly. Here are the blogs I get solid, actionable business advice from consistently.

The Most Important Thing a Founder Does

Most companies start when someone has an idea, and they start making something: a product, a consultancy, a SaaS app, or whatever. In the early days, the founder is really involved in making the product. If you are a technical founder, you write a lot of code, build your website, setup email marketing and other […]

The Minimum Viable Product

Minimum Viable Product

“Real artists ship.” –Steve Jobs “If you’re not embarrassed when you ship your first version you waited too long.” –Matt Mullenweg You’ve probably heard of an MVP, it stands for Minimum Viable Product. The term was popularized by Eric Ries, It means that you should ship when you reach minimum viability, not a moment before […]

Things you’ll never hear product developers say

On Overnight Success “The first time I tried to build a product it was a staggering success, guess I just got lucky.” “If you build it, they will come is totally true.” On SaaS “It’s so easy to make money with SaaS, you just set it and forget it.” On Agencies Moving to Products “Adding […]

The WordPress Theme Business, Then and Now

I’ve been selling products for 5 years now, starting with premium WordPress themes. I now have a plugin business and a SaaS product. I’ve learned a lot, this post is basically everything that worked and didn’t work for my theme business, and where I see the theme market today. A brief history of premium themes […]