The Power of Networking Done Right

The reason I find networking critically important is simple. Referrals make the best business contacts. Freelancers get a lot of business through word-of-mouth. Internships are often contingent on a common point of contact. Hiring for a senior management position is almost completely dependent on networking. Moreover: Plenty of brilliant minds are introverts. You don't always get to meet them at events. Social media and blogs, as well as smaller meetups or alumni gatherings, could be instrumental in meeting the right peers.Nowadays, jobs often deal with sensitive data. Trust is a major factor. Keeping the intellectual property in place isn't just… Continue Reading

9 Ways to Use Quora for Business Growth

A few years ago, we ran a survey among most of our clients. We wanted to do a recap of a certain year and see what we could do better. Some of the standard questions revolved around our key services, what are the things we do best and where we fail the most. But, we also wanted to learn where they spend their time online. I had expected some unique revelation about secret Facebook groups, LinkedIn communities, or blue-chip forums and mastermind groups. It would have been a good target for joining in and meeting other entrepreneurs, discussing business problems,… Continue Reading

WT:Social And The New Age Of Social Networks

I've been following Jimmy Wales for years and I'm extremely excited to sign up for his latest project: WT:Social. If you've heard of WikiTribune before, WT:Social takes a similar take on social networks after the endless number of scandals around Facebook. The new social network just crossed 110,000 users and quickly picks up traction among the tens of millions of angry users of ad-populated networks, selling data to 3rd parties, overhearing conversations "by chance" and broadly, gamifying their experience around market domination, not human development. Are There Social Networks? Marketers know that content marketing for Facebook or Twitter is called… Continue Reading

Common Recruitment Challenges in the IT Industry

My position in my LinkedIn profile is a CEO of a team of 25 for several years now (nowadays 45), and yet I still do receive about a dozen emails every week through LinkedIn inviting me to apply as a junior developer somewhere or take on a senior position for an industry that I hadn’t even heard of. Additionally, even though I’ve had the opportunity to build technical solutions in numerous platforms and stacks over the years, I regularly receive invitations for a senior engineer gig in one of the few stacks I’ve never worked in, don’t have listed anywhere on LinkedIn - no… Continue Reading

Ask Me Anything on ManageWP – Sep 14, Open Floor

Since I've been moderately quiet online over the past year, it's about time to get back with some fresh ideas, insight and tricks from my long business journey lately. I delivered a presentation on remote teams at WordCamp Europe in Vienna, but haven't posted a recap yet due to some presentation format issues with both Slideshare and Slide Deck, so it's pending as well. There are a few things planned over the next months, including a slight face lift of the blog here since the homepage is not even usable to me! :) But that will come after we've wrapped up the… Continue Reading

WordCamp Belgrade 2016

Being based in Sofia, attending WordCamp Belgrade last year was pretty much a no-brainer. Luckily, the incredible organizing team in Serbia is organizing another event happening this weekend, or in other words: enter WordCamp Belgrade 2016! It's been close to a year since my sabbatical after WordCamp Europe 2015 when I had to take a long break, rearrange some of my priorities, focus on certain personal and professional things in my life and scale a number of things that would allow me to regroup our resources and give back as a team. We used to contribute more than 5% "before it was cool"… Continue Reading

The Importance of “The Bigger Picture”

I've been spending the week before WordCamp US in New York City, adjusting to the time zone difference, meeting some clients and WordPress folks, and browsing around. As usual, discussions with smart entrepreneurs and developers are insightful, challenging the mind and providing various ideas for experimentation and validating different models. Assumptions != Business strategy. Source: http://dilbert.com/strip/2010-10-05 Workflow and Operations While chatting today with a few great guys over a hookah, we did cover some integrational aspects of a platform connecting to different systems, providing a wider suite of services and automating processes. We reviewed certain issues with support companies and plugin authors dealing with free support, and in… Continue Reading

The Abusement of Open Source

The Free Software Foundation has a clear and concise definition of free software - which is tightly connected to what we refer to "open source" with some verbal modifications: “Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. We sometimes call it “libre software” to show we do not mean it is gratis.… Continue Reading

WordPress Contributing Effort and Focus

End of 2014 was a turning point in my life, and I have been thinking a lot about my contributing efforts for a while now. About a year ago I was teaching at a university, a school, co-organizing WordCamp Europe 2014 and a meetup, spoke at various conferences and meetings for free as well, contributed patches to plugins (plus free plugins and updating themes), mentoring people, teaching interns, and doing a dozen extra things for free. Things Changed at Work [caption id="attachment_11568" align="aligncenter" width="713"] Working crazy hours.[/caption] Our work back then was pretty well organized - we had a large client with an ongoing… Continue Reading

Into 2015

2015 is here again, and everyone is recovering from the New Year's Eve parties around the globe. I would like to wish everyone a happy healthy and successful new year. My TODO list so far is endless, so prioritizing and getting the most out of it would be one of my main targets (priorities!). Also, the reason for this post is mostly Brad's post: https://twitter.com/williamsba/status/550374082462883840 Since that's what I plan to do here as soon as I outline the main topics I would like to blog about. 2014 was entirely outside of my comfort zone work-wise, since I dealt with… Continue Reading