I’ve been a part of iThemes for nearly 9 years now. Cory Miller and I have been friends a lot longer than that, and he was the person that originally convinced me that I should check out this Internet thing and put up a website. In 2008, when he and I sat in a burger joint and he showed me how to use WordPress for the first time, I could have never imagined how impactful that moment would be on the next decade of my life. I fairly promptly dropped out of college to work with Cory full time – and it’s been one hell of a ride.
I’ve served in several roles at iThemes over the years. At a certain point, Cory came to me and said that he thought the team had grown large enough that I needed a more formal leadership role. In 2011, I became the Chief Operating Officer. For at least the first year, I didn’t even know what that meant. I joked that it mostly meant I was a fire fighter, stomping out problems internally and with customers. That was fitting, seeing how I had plenty of experience starting fires in our organization. But over time, I grew in to my role as a leader. And through trial, error, and guidance, I actually got fairly decent at it. Read More →