I’m always trying to find the right work-life balance, so when I’m not working on MainWP, I’m a husband to a wonderful and incredibly patient woman and father to two beautiful girls with a boy arriving in February 2020.
When I do find free time, it’s usually at the softball field with our oldest or chasing the younger one around the backyard.
MainWP is one of the only WordPress Managers not owned by a major corporation.
The company is currently almost five years old and is 100% bootstrapped and profitable. Being self-sustained allows us to make decisions for our customers, not shareholders, and keep our clients’ information private.
As the Co-founder of MainWP and I have to confess, I did not code or design the plugin. The truth is, I am a hack coder, and my eye for design is iffy at best.
What I am great at is solving problems and then effectively communicating the solution to the coders and designers.
Honestly, I use to be ashamed to admit I didn’t code or design but “only” laid down the path for others to complete the task.
Then while trying to think of a way to explain what I do on a daily basis, I came across this great quote:
“Understanding coders is more valuable than understanding code.”
That quote helped me to realize that my skill set is not something to apologize for. What I do can be just as difficult as coding and designing.
Complex projects with many moving parts need someone who can coordinate and communicate with all the stakeholders: coders, designers, support, and ultimately, the customer.
It can even be argued that the person who is able to tie them all together into one cohesive unit, all working towards the betterment of the software, may be the most valuable part.
So now I stand tall – I can’t code, I can’t design, but if you need someone to put it all together, then I’m your guy.