Envato Studio: Project "Sharing the Love"

by Josh Janssen, Writer, Photographer, Social Guy. Envato Studio is a marketplace for connecting creative talent with people who need jobs done. The team recently debuted a new feature on the site, the Matching App, which allows people to find the best possible logo provider by rapidly liking or disliking…

Hemingway: A Text Editor That Cares About What You Write

by Natasha Postolovski. Writer, coder, traveler. “Write the best story that you can and write it as straight as you can.” Ernest Hemingway I first discovered Hemingway (free to try in the browser) via a Hacker News post titled: Hemingway Makes Your Writing Bold and Clear. The first version was…

What Happens When a Company Worth $5bn Clones Your Product?

by Natasha Postolovski. Writer, maker, traveler. Like many this week, we followed the story of CYNK Technologies with interest. The company rose from six cents a share in June to a high of $21 this month, giving it an apparent market value of $5 billion; a remarkable achievement for an…

Envato Stories: Coming August 2014

by Josh Janssen, Writer, Photographer, Social Guy. In August, Envato will turn 8. To celebrate this milestone we've created a series of videos featuring Envato community members from all around the world; from Envato Studio service providers, to Marketplace authors, Envato staff and more. Throughout the series we'll travel to…

Ask Collis Anything: 11 Questions With the CEO of Envato

by Josh Janssen, Writer, Photographer, Social Guy. We recorded video responses to eleven awesome questions from the Envato community. The man behind the camera? Collis Ta'eed, CEO and Co-Founder of Envato. In these videos, Collis answers tough questions like: "What's the hardest thing about being a CEO?", "If you could…

Elite Authors Speak: Top Tips For Success

by Natasha Postolovski. Writer, maker, traveler. At Envato Live in Chicago we had the privilege of listening to five Elite Authors share some of their top tips across four lightning talks. The authors covered topics like providing support, getting high ratings, mistakes you'll make as your own boss, leveraging popular…

Staying Productive as a Creative: Tips from Envato Live

by Natasha Postolovski. Writer, maker, traveler. We had a fantastic time at Envato Live in Chicago earlier this month (see some photos from the day). Throughout the event we pulled some attendees aside to get their thoughts on staying productive as a creative professional. Watch the video for succinct advice…

The Future of WordPress

by Natasha Postolovski. Writer, maker, traveler. Photo by Serge Kij. There’s one thing that we can all agree on: the future of WordPress is bright. Outside of this, the ever-passionate WordPress community is a hotbed for debates on where WordPress should go from here. With 22% of websites running…

Why Startups Are Good for Open Source

By Natasha Postolovski, writer, maker, traveller. The relationship between startups and open source is more complex and intertwined than ever before. Startups use open source platforms to bring their ideas into reality. Rather than being a one-sided relationship, startups are increasingly giving back to open source by training developers, open-sourcing…

Founders, Travel and Epic Beards: What Happens After Envato

By Jordan McNamara, Community Builder, Gamer, Kitten-lover. Ex-Envato'ers have gone on to become startup founders, world travelers, and to work at some of Sillicon Valley's brightest companies. Though we're based out of Melbourne, Australia, our people have a decisive impact around the globe. Seeing our alumni succeed lets us know…

The Great Tuts+ Merge of 2014

By Xavier Russo & Nicole Bowes This month marks a huge milestone in the evolution of Tuts+. Beginning in 2007 as a single educational blog, Tuts+ had slowly expanded to a network of 16 separate sites with a huge library of tutorials and articles. Now, after a year-long consolidation process…

Why Designers Make Good Founders (and Cofounders)

Article by Collis Ta'eed. Illustration by Maus Ventura. By some accounts, design has won itself a ‘seat at the table’. This came as news to me. Like everyone else I’ve seen and been excited by the growing appreciation for design. From thermostats to wearables, websites to mobile experiences, people…

The Way We Build The Web is Changing

By Natasha Postolovski, writer, maker, traveller. Front-end development exists in a constant state of evolution. It has hurtled through several distinct eras: from tables to stylesheets, to 'pixel-perfect' CSS and HTML based on meticulously sliced PSDs, to an emphasis on semantics, responsiveness, and flexibility. Techniques and innovations that were once…

‘Envato Live’ Pop-up Coworking Space - Chicago June 7 2014

by Carmen Angerer, Community Orchestrator, Socializer, Surfer. Traditionally Envato meetups have taken place over a few hours and a few drinks. This year our CEO Collis wanted to craft a meetup that captures what Envato represents. So we’ve created Envato Live, a full day event with a focus on…

From Microlancer to Envato Studio in 12 Months

by Layla Foord, GM Envato Studio, Singer, Mum. Just over a year ago, our CEO, Collis asked me to gather up a crack team to create a new Envato website where people could get small digital jobs, done really quickly. The product’s focus was to be pre-packaged design services…

Kickstarting Open Source and Web Projects with Crowdfunding

by Collis Ta'eed, CEO, Founder, Reformed Web Designer. Over the last few years we’ve been excited to sponsor a growing number of web and open source projects through crowdfunding campaigns. From the visual web design tool Macaw, to the open source blogging platform Ghost, there have been some spectacular…

A Morning Run to Envato

by Josh Janssen, Writer, Photographer, Social Guy. Last week I filmed Jo and Amber on their walk to the Envato office. After I published the video, Adrian Fittolani , our Program Manager, mentioned to me that he runs to the office every Friday. Naturally I wanted to film his experience! If…

A Morning Walk to Envato

by Josh Janssen, Writer, Photographer, Social Guy. One of the cool things about having the Envato headquarters in Melbourne's CBD is that it is super easy to get to; whether you walk, run, tram, train, cycle or drive. I decided to follow Jo & Amber from the HR team (they…

Getting Your Team Through the Storm

by Layla Foord, GM Microlancer, Singer, Mum. As General Manager of Microlancer, I’ve had the thrill of building a team from scratch, it’s come with its delights and an equal quantity of challenges. My job has been to get a group of people to work toward a common…

What Does A WordPress Evangelist Do?

by Japh Thomson, WordPress developer, occasional core contributor & professional hand-holder. I recently came home to Australia after a 3 week trip that saw me visit multiple countries, attend two large industry events (WordCamp Europe & PressNomics) and meet hundreds of people from around the world. All in a days…