Author: Topher DeRosia

Pull Quote: Nothing is better than a girl who writes code.

India and HeroPress

It’s no secret that HeroPress was greatly helped in its early days by people from India. Jeet, Saurabh, Aditya, Alexander, and many others gave deep and meaningful advice on how I, as a white American male, should approach the task I had set before me. This is one of the reasons it makes me so …

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Pull Quote: I am quite lucky to wake up every morning and work, all on my own, in a country where 54% of the population are unemployed and over 70% are youth.

Global Unity

One of the things I’ve loved most about HeroPress is getting to know people far away. It’s getting harder and harder to name a country where I can’t say “Hey, I have a friend there!”.  This week I’m in Australia for WordCamp Sydney, and I’m crazy excited about all the people I’m going to meet. …

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Pull Quote: The WordPress community is, slowly but surely, helping me get rid of my ingrown fear of the unknown, of others.

Making A Safe Place

Being a remote worker makes it easy to hide from a world that you find scary or dangerous. If you’re never in the presence of other people they can’t hit you. Retreat becomes so easy. Marius Jensen from Sola, Norway grew up in a society that did not care for him, and made him want …

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Pull Quote: I started translating WordPress so that my seven-year-old daughter can share her personal stories.

Translating For Love

We all have our reasons for the things we do. Money, love, orders, etc. Vladimir Petkov started using WordPress because it solved a problem. As the years went by it continued to solve problems, and he continued to use it. His time to give back didn’t arrive until much later though. His 7 year old …

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Pull Quote: I was helping hundreds of people that were using WordPress for their business. That's powerful.

The Power Of WordCamps

WordCamps have a unique power to impact lives and careers. Without people and community, WordPress is simply software. But when you add in a large group of passionate people, people who are and are interested, everything changes. There’s excitement, encouragement, and education. Entrepreneurship can be a long and lonely road. Having a solid support community …

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Pull quote: WordPress has given me much more than just a job. It has given me back my pride, my strength, a social life.

Freedom to Parent

In any post about how WordPress changes lives the word Freedom invariably comes up. Freedom to be yourself, to travel, to grow, learn, even age. This week’s replay is about the freedom to parent. Ines was a young single mother without advanced education during an economic downturn. Things seemed bleak. Through her own hard work …

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Pull quote: If you didn’t fail, you probably haven’t *truly* succeeded yet.

Succeeding in Egypt

This week’s HeroPress rewind is by Shady Sharaf from Cairo, Egypt. Shady is really the kind of person I had in mind when I started HeroPress: talented and smart, but isolated. The WordPress community is relatively small in Cairo, given the number of people that live there. So he leans on the international community for …

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