12 Feb Meet the speaker: brad william
He’s a published book author, the founder of a prominent wordpress agency, and he’s been developing websites for over 20 years. He’s also the only “official” guru we know. (He won the sitepoint Forums ASP Guru of the Year Award 2005 – 2007).
Brad Williams is the co-founder of webdevstudios.com and co-author of the books Professional wordpress and Professional wordpress Plugin Development. He’ll be joining us at Prestige Conference Las Vegas to discuss hiring employee #1 and the process of moving from self-employed to building a team.
In 3 sentences or less, please describe what you do for a living:
I am the Co-founder and CEO of webdevstudios.com, the Co-Author of Professional wordpress 1E-3E & Professional wordpress Plugin Development, and a Co-host on the dradcast wordpress podcast. I also Co-organize the Philly wordpress Meetup and wordcamp Philly.
You could say I love wordpress and might be slightly addicted!
Why this career and not something else?
I have always been fascinated by computers and technology. My first computer was a Commodore 64, which is the first machine I learned to program on around the age of 10. Over the years I knew computers were the future for me, but I wasn’t entirely sure what area of computers I wanted to focus on. Then the internet was born and that question was very easy to answer. I wanted to build websites.
When did you figure out what you wanted to be when you grew up?
I knew from an early age i wanted to work with computers and specifically the internet. When i first experienced the internet i knew i was home. I began coding websites early on when most of my friends had no idea what the internet was. I think i rolled out my first static html website on aol 2.0 over at 2400bps modem.
Once you figured out you wanted to build websites for a living, how did you start making things happen?
When I knew building websites was it for me I sought out every single computer course I could take. In High School, I took every programming course available, which was one. I also took courses at local community colleges that were available. My Parents were extremely supportive and helped me not only find these courses, but get me there as well.
If it wasn’t about computers I wasn’t interested, which is why I wasn’t a great student. When deciding what to do after graduating High School I came to the conclusion that college was not for me. Instead, I decided to join the United States Marine Corps as, get this, a computer programmer. The Marine Corps sent me to extensive training for computer programming and I served 4-years in the Corps learning as much as I could. My military career really laid the groundwork for my career in computer programming.
Who were your most valuable mentors and how did you connect with them?
I think my most valuable mentors were the developers i worked with over the years that were better than me. They gave me the mentorship, training, and drive i needed to push myself to bigger and better things. The best way to push yourself to greatness is to work with people smarter than you.
That’s why i consider my team at webdevstudios my mentors now. They are hands down the best wordpress developers and designers out there and inspire me on a daily basis.
What’s coming up next for you?
I am always striving to grow webdevstudios to be the best wordpress agency on the planet. We started the company on a coffee table and have grown into an amazing agency with a portfolio that still boggles my mind.
We also love to push the envelope of wordpress and create websites and apps that blow people’s minds when they realize its wordpress. You can expect to see much more of this in the future!
Any industry predictions for 2015?
I strongly feel the wordpress rest api is a game changer. I expect to see completely new commercial markets emerge that interact with wordpress through this new api. We’re already seeing this is some spaces, including reactor from apppresser.
What book(s) are you reading right now?
I don’t generally read books, i just write them.
Favorite “guilty pleasure” song or band that you can’t help but rock out to?
Christmas music. I love christmas music!
Name one thing you’re looking forward to for prestige conference las vegas:
Networking with new and old friends alike. Also, warm weather!