Industry Analyst & Strategist

The news, links, and insights on Open Source, WordPress, WooCommerce, SaaS, and Hosting that keep you informed to succeed. With two decades of agency, startup, and corporate executive experience, Robert brings you a unique perspective to the tools, companies, and people that are the bedrock of the internet.

Networking with a Co-Pilot

With the biggest non-WordCamp WordPress event in just a few days, many folks who are new to the extra large conference experience are asking a lot of questions. The obvious tips, which apply to any size conference, still hold. Plan and schedule in advance, hydrate, and then really hydrate, get sleep, enjoy the parties – […]
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Own Your Automations

What causes you to reevaluate your infrastructure, services, or SaaS providers? In the Sandler Sales Methodology, one of the key tools is digging for, understanding, and solving for pain points. Sorry Zapier, you've become one. And that's too bad, but not only have I solved for a specific issue, I've reaffirmed a core professional tenant. […]
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Do You Really Still Have a Job?

It's going one heck of a year (or more) for layoffs. Starting in 2022 Q4, we've seen the big, and even bigger firms, show huge swathes of staff out of the metaphorical door. Remote work has made it much easier just to send that email out and cut access. For those that are employed, well […]
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The WordPress Reports (2023)

Over the last few weeks we've had a number of reports fantastic independent reports on WordPress security, professionals, and more. So with great apologies to Mark Halperin's Wide World of News, and his occasional What That Loudmouth Will Still Say on Your Morning Zoom, my attempt with How to Discuss that Slack. Sponsor of the […]
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Where are the WordPress IPOs?

Well, I've been solidly wrong about the two big elephants in the WordPress ecosystem for over two years! Way back in October of 2020 I wrote, WordPress IPO?, with what I thought were solid predictions based on the facts at hand as well as ripe market conditions. Sponsor of the Week: Atarim speeds up web […]
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The Podcast List (2023)

Who doesn't love a good podcast, whether driving (do people still drive?), intentional learning, working out, or (my favorite), while cooking. I haven't updated the podcast list since 2020! So for historical purposes will keep the old and add a whole new post. I think that's a good idea, especially to see how the lists […]
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Silicon Valley Bank and the WordPress Economy

The big tech story from yesterday is the tech darling collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). Just as quickly as it happened WooCommerce notified WooCommerce Payments users of how they (well actually Stripe) is handling the collapse: As a result of the FDIC takeover of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), our payments partner, Stripe, has suspended […]
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BREAKING: Silicon Valley Bank Fails

From The New York Times, Silicon Valley Bank Fails After Run by Venture Capital Customers, "If there is one enduring axiom in banking, it is this: Don’t run out of money." Wow! SVB has been a darling of tech startups for decades! More from The Mercury News, Silicon Valley Bank collapses after failing to raise […]
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