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Clarity for your digital business. Matt Report episodes uncover the most resilient digital business builders in the digital, WordPress, SaaS, and no-code space. If you're building a sustainable online brand or business, this is the best podcast to follow. Featuring guests like: This week in Startup's Jason Calacanis, Automattic's Matt Mullenweg, Startups for the Rest of Us Rob Walling, and Copyblogger's Brian Clark.
 
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There's no better feeling than when you launch something that just clicks with people. I guess at the end of the day, folks that build businesses or create content are simply seeking acceptance. We want to see our idea flourish, to be adopted by the masses, and to leave an impact. When Maciej Palmowski launched WP Owls with his wife Agnieszka, it w…
 
Now that the WordPress acquisition market has cooled a bit, it's time to stoke the fire on all things Gatsby and JAMStack-y-ness….again. Don't let Full Site Editing steal all of the thunder, there's still so much happening around headless WordPress and the ability to integrate 3rd party APIs to take the place of plugins. Look, I know it's a polariz…
 
I mentor at a local business accelerator for sustainable startups that have community impact. Small -- no, tiny -- startups that are just getting out of the idea phase. More often than not, this is the founder's first leap into running a business. About 6 weeks into this 12 week program, I teach a class on web & marketing. By this point, the founde…
 
As designers or developers -- even product makers -- when WordPress is your hammer, everything looks like a nail. WordPress is certainly in an inflection point. Where as the software is evolving, read: gutenberg + fullsite editing, the community of users grapple with what WordPress really is. I feel like that's a statement which has lingered in the…
 
The WordPress acquisition world was rocking this week. If this week were a heavyweight fight between Learn Dash and Sandhills Development, Pippin would certainly be the beloved veteran. You can hear more about his side of the story in this podcast interview. Today I got to sit down with Syed Balkhi, founder of Awesome Motive, to recap his point of …
 
Today's a bittersweet moment in WordPress business land with the announcement of Awesome Motive acquiring Sandhills Development suite of plugins including Easy Digital Downloads, AffiliateWP, and more. I'm honored to call Pippin my friend who has helped me "grow up" in the WordPress community. I'm happy for him, and sad that he's retiring from the …
 
Even with all of the WordPress consolidation happening, there's still plenty of opportunity ahead for the industry. There's lots of potential users, customers, and room for investment (note: we just saw the acquisition of Yoast happen by Newfold, formally EIG. If I had to guess, somewhere between a $30-50M deal.) If you though the plugin space is c…
 
Is there ever a right time to start a business? We could subscribe to every podcast, take every online course, thumbs up every video Troy Dean puts out on Facebook and we still wouldn't be 100% ready. Imagine having a full-time job and peddling your small piece of software on the side. Before you know it, it's making 500 to 1,500 in monthly sales. …
 
I appreciate a good side hustle story. Someone slogging away in the cubical but slowly building up an audience on Twitter on the weekends. I'm sure you know all about the "build in open" movement, and today's guest really shocked me with that. See, maybe like you, I've listened to Dave Rodenbaugh on his podcast (with my boss Craig) Rogue Startups, …
 
Probably just like you, the exploration for the secret ingredient to running a successful business is a tricky one. Speaking for myself, I can tell you that I'm constantly trying to learn and dissect what some of the most successful brands are in my space. How did she do it? What does the website look like? Productized service or digital product? S…
 
The important role of an in-house media creator (or content creator) to a brand, especially in the software space, has been a topic weighing on my mind for a while. In today's episode, I break down a few clips from a recent episode of Bootstrapped Web, where hosts Brian & Joran discuss their challenge of filling this role. I refer to this as Founde…
 
Forming a successful partnership in business might be the most powerful, yet, most challenging things to do right. This goes beyond simply linking to each others business or handing over the occasional customer referral. I'm talking about two (or more) partners both handling responsibilities and working towards a shared goal for the overall mission…
 
There's a fine balance between optimizing your services for profits and providing satisfactory value for the money you charge your customers. Let me frame that for you: A high-touch, white glove services business is people + time intensive. If you own a boutique agency, you're aware of the time and money you invest on all of processes around buildi…
 
Today's guest used to sit on the opposite sides of the WordPress hosting competition table from me. At one point in his career, he was pumping out content on Kinsta's blog like an absolute machine while I was raging against that machine, selling would-be customers on Pagely's hosting stack. So where is Brian Jackson, former marketer at Kinsta now? …
 
It took me a while to draw out what I wanted to say in today's monologue about our guest. This will be his 6th appearance on the show. With this episode, we've covered 4 different SaaS based businesses, with a handful of digital products and one service-based business that's still running, of which, I've never fully interviewed him about. I really …
 
I came across Kristen Youngs' YouTube channel while I was exploring the popular no code Bubble.io platform. At first, I thought she was creating the typical tutorial videos channel around this very popular app building platform, but as I explored more, I realized she was building a very unique business behind the scenes. I think most of us in the c…
 
Over the last few years, I think one of the most important lessons we've learned is that our community can go beyond WordPress. From the tools and the code, to the neighboring software's we use to get the job done. Whatever that "job" is for you. It could be publishing a simple blog or helping a university with a multi-site solution for an intranet…
 
Today I'm experimenting with a new type of podcast episode called Play it Forward. I'm "borrowing" this concept from a show called 3 Clips that we produce at my day job, Castos. In that show the host, Jay Acunzo, asks his guest to "play it forward" by recommending another podcast that the listener should absolutely be listening to. I'm excited to d…
 
Courage might be the most valuable trait running through an entrepreneur's veins. The stories shared on this podcast are born from some of the most difficult times for the individuals starting a business. In terms of the economy, there's an entire cohort of successful agencies and WordPress software products that started during the financial crisis…
 
I'm sure we're all very familiar with building in public. As someone that has been doing exactly that for the last 15 or so years, I can tell you, it's the only way I really know how to do something. If you're unfamiliar with the practice, it starts as early as the idea phase. You might tweet about your idea or write a blog post explaining the over…
 
Failures in business become some of our greatest lessons. There are 100 moments of failure in my career that have redirected the course of my business building journey. While they sting in the moment, even collapse relationships or new opportunities, I can't help but learn from them. But failure in business, is not the lesson today. No, it's about …
 
Podcasting in the WordPress space can be a thankless job. It's a labor of love -- or pain. I've talked about this before, it's not something that is driven by huge financial gains and certainly not backed by huge financial interest. If you want to earn a living with podcasting about WordPress, you best read up on many multiple streams of income. On…
 
If you've skipped around the catalog of amazing episodes published this year, I've gathered four here today that should entice you to binge a few more. I stitched together clips from the years top shows in terms of download count and compelling conversation. Simon Bruce on where he draws his passion for the product space. Amber Hinds talks about he…
 
What a difference 3-plus-something years makes. Remember the Page Builder race? Then remember when Gutenberg came on the scene smashing the ground, cracking the earth beneath her like Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's cut of the Justice League? Okay, well, maybe not that glorious of an entry but mirroring the audiences continued mixed reviews… It seeme…
 
It's all fun and games until the business starts to grow, and I mean, really grow. From 1 to 2 people, 2 to 10, 10 to 50 these are moments in your career that not only make or break the company -- but will deeply challenge yourself as a business owner. One of the reasons why I'm personally so attracted to creative agency offerings are there are "no…
 
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