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Outplayed

These critters are evolving MUCH faster than us during this pandemic. FACT.

He got TV + Minecraft banned today (bad behaviour).

So… he calls a school friend on @MicrosoftTeams and gets him to record his TV. Which is playing @Minecraft videos on @YouTube.

👏🏻

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5 years later…

5 years ago today, at around this very time, we sat eating Reuben sandwiches for breakfast in a fancy restaurant in Nolita, New York. Hashing out a new commercial agreement with fancy execs of one of the world’s largest online payment systems.

A few hours later, a neighbourhood across, we were in Matt’s apartment with the Automattic team. Laptops on laps, clicking the “publish” button on the news that WooCommerce was being acquired by Automattic.

It was a surreal, life-altering day that will forever be laser-etched in my memory bank.

5 years later I’m in a very different season of life, working with very different businesses. But I still proudly fly the Woo flag – high fiving the small wins and celebrating the big milestones.

Poetically, today WooCommerce is launching – WooCommerce Payments. Built upon a very mature partnership with another leading payments company – Stripe. Deeply integrated for all kinds of benefit to store owners.

A partnership so impressive that “you’ll end up paying the same fees when you use WooCommerce Payments or a custom Stripe integration.”

WooCommerce featuring on Techcrunch again today – 5 years later.

Moral of the story: Significance takes time to negotiate and is built on many short term successes.

How far WooCommerce has come. Well done to the Automattic team! Onwards and upwards 🚀

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Lockdown essential services

Yebo Fresh always felt like it was going to play a significant, socially impactful role providing for the underserved township markets of South Africa.

Last year, no one could have predicted the coronavirus, or South Africa’s crippling lockdown, but Yebo Fresh’s vision has been magnified and its scale fast-tracked to help get grocery deliveries to desperate families.

Super proud of the work this team are doing. I visited them last week at the warehouse to try document a moment in their journey. See the photos on the Yebo Fresh blog.

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Over and out

A hearty congratulations to the Over team on a very newsworthy acquisition. Immensely proud to be a friend of the co-founders Matt Winn and Aaron Marshall and filled with gratitude to have journeyed with them as an angel investor.

An inspiring story of American friends, and a supportive family, that fell in love with Cape Town and took a huge leap of faith building a global business from here.

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Cape Town 7s

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The Crossing

All the warm fuzzy feelings 🇿🇦
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Five point zero

Today we officially welcome Bebo – WordPress 5.0.

Having used this software since version 1.5, way back in 2005, it’s monumental to think how it has matured, and how it has impacted my life in so many ways. 

To experience a new publishing interface today, after a WordPress auto-update completed last night, and to see the download counter closing in on 2 million downloads in less than 24 hours demonstrates significant scale, creativity, complexity and code innovation. 

A massive round of applause to Matt Mullenweg for championing this evolution, and all of those open source contributors who have shaped such a noteworthy gift to the internet. 

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Home office

I love how much creativity oozes from my new home office desk, designed and built by Frankie Machine. Inspired to build – I just wish my skills translated from pixels…. 

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Hello world!

This is my playground for all things WordPress.com. If you are looking for my personal blog, where I write from time to time, then head on over to markforrester.co.za.