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WP-Tonic Live Show: On Thursday May 28th 2015

Our main topic in WordPress news is the announcement that Automattic acquires WooThemes for $30 million dollars. Here’s what Matt Mullenweg had to say about the merger of the two companies.

“For years, we’ve been working on democratizing publishing, and today more people have independent sites built on open source software than ever before in the history of the web. Now, we want to make it easy for anyone to sell online independently, without being locked into closed, centralized services — to enable freedom of livelihood along with freedom of expression.

It’s not a new idea: at a WordCamp a few years ago, someone stood up and asked me when we were going to make it as easy to create an online store as we’d made it to create a blog. Everyone applauded; there’s long been demand for better e-commerce functionality, but it’s been outside the scope of what Automattic could do well.” Read More

Our Special Guest Panelist was Jonathan Perez: of SureFire Web Services

Jonathan

Hi, I’m Jonathan Perez, serial entrepreneur. I’ve dabbled in many types of businesses like themes, SEO, Freelance work, and course creation. Currently I’m building my online course portfolio where you can learn about the Genesis Framework, how to create child themes, and how to build sites professionally and fast. I like to help other people learn from all of my experiences both good and bad and will be launching my podcast called DeveloperToMillionaire.com that discusses the business side of webpreneurship.

I work a full time job and consider my current business a side business, which has been working very well for me. I have a wife, and 2 amazing boys! I live in NY, which you will most likely figure out once you hear me talk. I sometimes have strong opinions but I think I’m pretty easy going :). My tools of choice are Genesis, WP-Views, and Beaver Builder.

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Our Regular Panel

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Sallie Goetsch from SallieGoetsch.com
Morten Rand-Hendriksen from Lynda.com
Brian Bourn from Bourn Creative
David Laietta from Orange Blossom Media
Adam Silver from KitchenSinkWP podcast
John Locke from Lockedown Design

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