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Dusty Davidson is the co-founder and CEO of Flywheel.

Flywheel is a fast-growing WordPress hosting company, Yes, they're in a crowded market, but Flywheel stands out in at least two key ways. First, they're based in Omaha, Nebraska: about 2,000 miles from Silicon Valley. Second, Flywheel has a unique, colorful and whimsical culture

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Dwayne is a developer evangelist for Pantheon. He travels to between 30 and 40 camps every year, representing Pantheon, and aiming to bring people together.

Dwayne is into improv comedy, karaoke, vegan food, crochet and most importantly ... doing all those things with other people. Dwayne's true passion in life is collaboration.

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5 years ago, Alex opened a web design agency in Poland. This summer, Perfect Dashboard, his SaaS company, was accepted to Berkeley SkyDeck, one of the most presitigious start-up accelerators in the world. How did Alex travel so far so fast? 

In this episode, Alex tells us about his journey. We also talk about the different approaches to work in Europe and US, plus raising money for WordPress businesses.

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Jason is the founder and CTO of WPEngine. Jason and his team recently celebrated WPEngine's inclusion on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for the first time.

If you don't know what Magic Quadrants are, this is the episode for you! If you do know about Magic Quadrants, you'll still learn a lot! If you want some background, check out our post "Your Plain English Guide to Magic Quadrants".

If you've seen Jason talk, you know he's an insightful and fresh thinker. In this episode, he convinces me that WPEngine deserves to be listed alongside Adobe and Oracle. He also explains why you should stop using the phrase "Managed WordPress" for WPEngine.

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Beka Rice on eCommerce and the GDPR

Some people have scanned a few blog posts about the GDPR. Very few people have researched it deeply and really know what they're talking about. Beka Rice is firmly in the latter group.

Beka works for SkyVerge, which develops WooCommerce and Shopify plugins, plus Jilt, which helps stores to recover abandoned carts. I spoke with Beka on the day that the GDPR law launched.

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Jerry Eadeh on the Past and Future of Magento

When we scheduled this podcast, I planned to talk about the history of Magento. Jerry works for Nexcess, a hosting company that is famous for their Magento services. They've been there since Day 1. When the original Magento team were getting started, they needed hosting help with their first clients, and they called Nexcess. Nexcess even sponsored our Magento 2 Explained book!

But, just two days before this podcast, the news broke that Adobe was purchasing Magento. The Magento community was in shock.

In this episode, we try and digest the Adobe news. We talk about the history of Magento and try to figure out if that helps us understand what comes next for Magento.

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Jen Kramer, Harvard, and Bootstrap 4

Jen Kramer describes herself as a "Web Design Teacher" but that barely scratches the surface of what she does. She's a speaker, a teacher, a writer, a video trainer, and much more besides. Jen currently teaches web design at Harvard Extension School.

In this episode, I talk with Jen about teaching web design at Harvard and her upcoming videos for OSTraining. Jen is creating a video series and book on Bootstrap 4.

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The OSTraining Podcast #22: Andrew Embler and Concrete5

Andrew is the founder and CTO of Concrete5, an open source CMS that's comparable to WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and others.

Concrete5 has been around for over a decade and has introduced some innovations that other projects still haven't managed to equal. For example, for a long time now, Concrete5 users have been able to click on any part of the site to edit items, right there on the page.

I talk with Andrew about what it's like to run a large project for many years. He describes the ups-and-downs, including a major release that broke backwards compatability and frustrated some community members. Andrew also talks how he found a second wind, 10 years into building his project!

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Zac Gordon and React Explained

If you spend any time in the WordPress world, you've probably come across Zac Gordon. Zac is an enthusiastic and charming teacher who focuses on Javascript in WordPress. He borrowed the phrase "Learn Javascript Deeply" from Matt Mullenweg and he made it into his personal slogan. For the last several years, Zac has produced video classes, online conferences, live talks, and podcasts that focus on teaching you how to use Javascript in WordPress.

I'm delighted to say we're working with Zac on a book, "React Explained".

In this episode of the OSTraining podcast, Zac gives you an introduction to React. Why is it the Javascript framework of choice for WordPress, Drupal, Magento and other big platforms?

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Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Patrick Rauland has just published the "WooCommerce Explained" book with us. You could say that he's a WooCommerce fan.

Patrick has used it as a customer, worked for their support team, developed core functionality, and led three releases as the official Product Manager for WooCommerce. Patrick now helps plan their yearly conference, WooConf.

Follow Patrick on Twitter at @BFTrick and check out his personal site at SpeakinginBytes.com.

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Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Nick Croft has just published the "Genesis Explained" book, which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress.

Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He later became a SaaS architect for the Rainmaker Platform, built on Genesis. Even before he literally wrote the book, he wrote the figurative book on Genesis. Nick is also a core contributor to Genesis and has multiple, popular Genesis plugins.

Follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_thegeek and check out his personal site at NickGeek.com.

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Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Pippin Williamson runs several of the most successful businesses in the WordPress world including Easy Digital Downloads and AffiliateWP. But instead of looking to sell, he's buying a park. And opening a brewery. And looking to build a company that will last a lifetime.

If you want to hear about Pippin's story, check out this interview with Indie Hackers and his 2017 Year in Review. If you want to hear about his life outside of business, this is the podcast for you. Click here to find out more about Pippin's park and click here for more on his brewery

My apologies for the audio on this episode - Pippin lives out in the countryside and the internet was glitchy.

Follow Pippin on Twitter at @pippinsplugins and check out all his products at Sandhillsdev.com.

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The OSTraining Podcast #16: Liz Mays and Pressbooks

Sometimes I invite people on the podcast because we've been friends for years. Other times, I invite people because we love their products. Pressbooks falls squarely into the second category.

At the beginning of 2017, I'd never heard of Pressbooks. We now use them to write, edit and publish ALL our books.

Pressbooks is a WordPress-based platform that actually makes book publishing fun! We used to take 3 years to write a book. With Pressbooks we're often done in less than 3 months.

Follow Pressbooks on Twitter at @pressbooks and try their platform at Pressbooks.com.

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