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I started referring work to WebDevStudios back in 2009 when some of the requests I was getting at eWebscapes were more advanced, from a programming standpoint (custom plugins, etc), then what was currently within our scope. I first met Brad & Brian and their team at WordCamp Chicago in 2009 and have enjoyed their friendship and business partnership ever since.
I have been fortunate enough to spend time with them over the years, regularly, at events like WordCamps, Blog World and SXSWi – each time they’ve impressed me with stories of the work they are currently involved with and amazing tools and applications they’ve been building. Usually those times involved Brad, Brian and I having a few drinks and joking around about how awesome it would be if we joined forces and took over the world, building rainbows to the moon and back. One time, on a rooftop in NYC, after several beers, I, jokingly, gave Brad a number of what it would take for me to merge – - I am pretty sure he didn’t speak to me for an entire year after that.
Over the years, WebDevStudios has always impressed me with their work – as well as their involvement in various aspects of the WordPress community, either through live events (Brad is a co-organizer for WordCamp Philly and the WordPress Philly MeetUp group), contributing core code to the WordPress and BuddyPress projects, free plugins in the repository and more.
Brad Williams is a fellow Wiley author with an impressive bibliography of his own as the co-author of the successful line of Professional WordPress books: Professional WordPress and Professional WordPress Plugin Development. Between Brad & I – we have 5 best selling books on the topic of WordPress, with more to come down the road!
Brad, Brian and their team have a passion for the work they do that equals my own, and if I really think about it, our pairing was inevitable – it was just a matter of timing. That time came earlier this year at the WordCamp Baltimore event. The after party to that event involved more than a few adult beverages where Brad, Brian and I, once again, began to talk joining forces and dominating the world….or at least our little corner of it. One late night – after a short journey in the Inner Harbor, which involved pirates, a pirate ship and a bottle of rum, we were all three in agreement: Let’s do it, Arrrrr!
After each of these events, and years of similar conversations, we would usually travel back to our respective homes and get back to the tasks of running our respective businesses. This time, however, when I returned home from Baltimore, I sent an email to the two of them that basically said “Hey guys, what if we stopped joking around about it and had a serious conversation?”
Brad & Brian apparently think I bring a thing or two to the table and were interested. Several phone calls and one trip to Philly later – it was a done deal.
It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Actually, the merging of two small business LLC’s is a bit more complicated than it seems like it should be – involving lawyers, accountants and LOTS of frank and honest discussion between partners to figure out the fine details. To me it seems like we’ve been working on this for a long time – - and on the same hand, it feels like it’s moving really fast, too! It’s been a lot of fun trying to keep this quiet, as we worked on the details, and went through the process of hiring a handful of new staff – it’s been HARD keeping my mouth shut.
We’re not quite done hiring yet, and with a few more new staff announcements to come in the new year, we’re excited!
For friends of ours who knew of our plans over the past few months (You know who you are – it was kinda hard to keep it from our happy WordPress family of geeks!), I thank you for keeping it our little secret until we could get all our ducks in a row to finally make it happen!
I’m happy to announce, effective January 1, 2013, I am officially a full partner at WebDevStudios and am excited to be joining this talented team of code pirates. We have some really exciting plans in store for WebDev in the new year and I’m beyond excited about it. Aside from Brad and Brian, I get to work with amazingly talented folks like Brian Richards, Justin Sternberg, Ryan Duff, Jayvie Cannono, Corey Collins, Michael Beckwith, Tom Carney and April Williams, to name just a few.
For my clients and partners at eWebscapes – you, as well as our history and services, are an important part of the plans we have in store for 2013! After 14 (!!) years of providing web solutions to my clients and partners at eWebscapes – I am more than a little excited about this new chapter and merging with a company like WebDev with their collective caliber of talent and brains – this is a move that I feel awesome about!
So, well….happy new year!
(cross posted from Lisa’s personal blog: New Chapter: WebDevStudios)