Envato Stories: Andy Wilkerson (Parallelus)

by Josh Janssen. Writer, photographer, social guy. In this episode of Envato Stories we meet ThemeForest Power Elite author Andy Wilkerson (Parallelus) at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Learn how Andy got started, the one quality that helped him reach Power Elite, and how he makes time for his family…

Envato Stories: Rizki Ratria (r4pro)

by Josh Janssen. Writer, photographer, social guy. In this episode of Envato Stories we meet Rizki Ratria in Jakarta, Indonesia. Rizki does illustration work on Envato Studio under the username r4pro. Jakarta, Indonesia. Rizki at his desk at home. Happy! Using his Wacom tablet. Drawing with pencil. Since becoming a…

Envato Stories: David Appleyard

by Josh Janssen. Writer, photographer, social guy. Our next Envato Stories episode takes us to the rain-drenched and picturesque town of Shrewsbury in the UK. Here we meet David Appleyard, one of Envato's remote team members and currently the Manager at Tuts+. David started at Envato as the Managing Editor…

How Freelancing is Changing

Photo by Asher Isbrucker. Freelancing is a time-worn practice. The first written mention of the word appears in the historical novel Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, published in 1820 and set in 12th century England: I offered Richard the service of my Free Lances, and he refused them—I will…

Envato Stories: Muhammad Haris, Themefusion

In the latest Envato Stories video we travel to Lahore, Pakistan to meet Muhammad Haris. Muhammad is a WordPress developer and Power Elite author ($1+ million in sales) based in Lahore, Pakistan. He partnered with designer Luke Beck to found Themefusion, one of ThemeForest's most successful author teams and the…

Rise of the Million Dollar Plugin Makers (Infographic)

by Natasha Postolovski. Writer, maker, traveler. I believe we’re now seeing the same gold rush for premium plugins as we did with premium themes a few years ago. Magnus Jepson (co-founder, WooThemes) Wpbakery recently became the first author on the Envato Marketplaces to reach Power Elite status ($1 million…

Envato Stories: Unipen

Earlier this year we sent two Envato staff, Josh and Naysan, around the world in 80 days. They took with them a video camera, a tripod, and a few small suitcases. They were charged with one goal: to tell the stories of Envato's global community. The journey took them to…

Justin French on Maintaining a Wildly Popular Open Source Plugin

by Justin French & Natasha Postolovski. Justin French heads up the Design & UX team at Envato. In addition to being a product mastermind, Justin is an accomplished Rails developer, passionate contributor to open source, and frequent wearer of black T-shirts. In the open source community he is best known…

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…