On May 19th, 2015, Automattic announced its acquisition of WooThemes, the creators of the popular e-commerce plugin, WooCommerce. Along with the buy came all 55 of WooTheme’s employees, including Barry Kooij, my guest in this episode.
Barry, a developer based out of the Netherlands, has a number of plugins, both free and premium. Due to Automattic’s conflict of interest policy citing that employees aren’t allowed to have any money-making side projects, Barry made the hard decision to leave Automattic/Woo to pursue his dream of earning a living via his own products.
As of July 1, 2015 Barry is officially working full-time on his own projects, under the name of Never5. Join us to hear his story and how he plans to propel his plugin business into a profitable venture.