Continent: Europe

Pull Quote: Plan your business around what matters to you/

Building A New Life

This is the story of how I co-founded Barn2 Media with my husband Andy, and scaled it from a startup to one of the UK’s best known WordPress agencies – all while working part-time. I’ll tell you about the challenges I faced in building a WordPress business that is compatible with a good work-life balance. …

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Pull Quote: I feel that I am responsible to be on stage for all the women who haven’t found the courage yet to share their stories.

My WordPress Anniversaries

I never remember dates. I know the birthday of more or less five people. I insist on saying that my son was born on May 11. Incorrect, I was born on May 11, he on May 17. But for some reason, my WordPress dates are permanently etched into my brain. I think it’s because meeting …

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Pull Quote: Giving back makes me a better person and allows me to help others become better people.

Make It Better, Give It Back

Recently, technology entrepreneur Anil Dash tweeted the following question: Who is a person (not counting family) that opened doors for you in your career when they didn’t have to? Anytime is a good time to show gratitude! If you need a pick-me-up, go and read through the replies and threads that start with Anil’s question. …

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Pull Quote: Choose to be brave and trust yourself.

Be Brave and Trust Yourself

Beginnings I was born into a working-class family in Targoviste, a small town in Romania situated around 50 miles from the capital, Bucharest. My childhood was a normal one, mostly happy but marked negatively by the frequent conflicts between my parents. Growing up, they didn’t have much to offer to me and my brother. They …

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Pull Quote: I have met wonderful people from whom I have learned so much in the WordPress community.

WordPress Research Behind The Scenes

When I moved from Bogota (Colombia) to Paris I did a degree in translation and found myself, years later, working for one of the most important publishers specializing in research. But my dream since I left Colombia was to study Psychology. After about two years, I quit my job and went back to college. It …

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Pull Quote: I could never have imagined that WordPress would become an important part of my life.

Challenge Gladly Accepted

I grew up in a suburb to Stockholm, where me and my brothers would wrestle over who was allowed to use our first PC. I think it was a pre-owned old beaten Compaq Deskpro 386. We only stopped arguing once we could sit down together and play Civ; one of us at the controls, the …

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Pull Quote: WordPress is not like any other open source communityI saw before.

The Greatest Screenplay Writer

My upbringing was not quite usual Serbian upbringing. I was almost forbidden to do things I didn’t really love. My parents insisted on trying things and finding that deep passion. But I didn’t have to search and try. I always knew what I’d be when I grow up. As long as I remember, there was …

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