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Giving it all away

Simon Wheatley
September 28, 2014

Giving it all away

At WordCamp Europe 2014, I described how working with Open Source has enabled me to grow in business, and to grow my business. I talked about the tensions between Open Source and traditional business instincts, and shared how giving in to giving stuff away has powered my growth as a consultant working with WordPress.

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Simon Wheatley

September 28, 2014
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  1. None
  2. we’re an unusual crowd

  3. unpaid contribution

  4. collaboration with competitors

  5. free distribution

  6. my WordPress story

  7. making a contribution

  8. fixing common problems

  9. hi!

  10. free

  11. what?

  12. "the liberty of some 
 must depend on the 


    restraint of others" Isaiah Berlin
 (via Siobhan McKeown)
  13. free

  14. restraint

  15. "the liberty of some 
 must depend on the 


    restraint of others" Isaiah Berlin
 (via Siobhan McKeown)
  16. "Sea! I command you to come no farther!
 Waves, stop

    your rolling, and do not dare to touch my feet!" Canute
  17. acceptance

  18. open

  19. 23.1% and rising

  20. the game has changed

  21. “You have an idea. I have an idea. We swap.

    Now you have two ideas. And I have two ideas.” George Bernard Shaw
  22. stand your ground

  23. what makes you special?

  24. expertise

  25. experience

  26. packages

  27. expertise

  28. experience

  29. what makes you special?

  30. contribute

  31. collaborate

  32. release

  33. what makes you special?

  34. contribute

  35. collaborate

  36. release

  37. what makes you special?

  38. contribute

  39. collaborate

  40. release

  41. “There is nothing more important to the success of 10up

    than the success of WordPress.” Jake Goldman, 10up (competitor)
  42. “When the entire pie is huge and getting bigger, the

    total size of any particular slice grows as well” Matt Mullenweg
  43. tomorrow?

  44. Simon Wheatley, @simonwheatley
 Code For The People,@cftp