Here at Envato, our first company value is “When the Community Succeeds, We Succeed”. It’s a bit of a mantra for how we try to work as a company. Late last year I reported back to the community on what we were doing to help them succeed. Today I’d like to ask the community for some input to help us build a company vision for the future. Continue reading on Inside.Envato.
Almost four months ago we launched our freelance services marketplace Microlancer. It’s been growing really quickly, doubling sales in the last eleven weeks, and topping more than $130,000 of jobs sold to date! We started in graphics with categories like logo design and one-page web design. Now we’re going to be branching out into our first ten web development service categories. And we’re inviting talented devs to register your interest in providing code services on Microlancer.
Services will include PSD to HTML, WordPress or email template build-outs, and various WordPress and frontend services. Web developers with solid skills in HTML, CSS or WordPress plugin and theme development will form the backbone of these categories. Continue Reading
We’re happy to announce today that authors on ThemeForest and CodeCanyon can now choose to license their WordPress items through a 100% GPL option. To help us launch this new feature, we’re excited to have one of the most well known and respected theme outfits joining ThemeForest’s ever growing library — WooThemes!
Last month there was some online discussion around full GPL licensing and the Envato Marketplaces. It started when one of our TF authors was barred from supporting, speaking at and volunteering at WordCamps because he was selling on ThemeForest. While ThemeForest themes sell with a GPL compliant license, WordCamp guidelines require the item to be completely licensed under the GPL in order for the seller to be allowed to participate in the ways listed above.
I posted a response to the ban, and a post about how we are moving forward. As I stated in the second post, most important to me is to get the community’s input on the debate. Since we’ve been working on our licensing generally, this month we put out a survey to ThemeForest and CodeCanyon authors asking a bunch of licensing questions, including a few GPL related ones.
As I promised in that second post, today we’re publishing a subset of the survey results relating to the GPL options. They’re taken from a larger presentation from our data team, with a couple of extra slides I’ve thrown in to explain the contents.
After getting this community feedback, we are now putting into the works an optional 100% GPL license which authors in GPL-based categories (such as WordPress or Drupal) can make use of. It will be completely up to authors whether they use this option. The new option should be available towards the end of March, and we’ll be posting on Notes about how authors can make use of it.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. I’m looking forward to doing more of this kind of temperature check with the community! Go Data!
One of the toughest things about running Envato is that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. It’s just one of the many reasons I’m excited about the possibility of a colony on Mars – days there are a whole 37 minutes longer than here on earth!
Back here in the real world, we’ve been growing and growing at Envato. Our Envato Marketplace team has swelled to more than 70 people, and today I wanted to introduce you to a fantastic new team member: Helen Souness, who has joined us as the new Marketplace General Manager. She’s taking over from Vahid who has done a valiant job this last year and spearheaded some very important infrastructure, team and growth projects. While Vahid is moving on to work on Envato operations, Helen will now be heading up the Marketplaces.
I posted recently on the updates to our Marketplace licenses. Thanks for all the feedback so far! I thought it would be good to give you an overview of what the community is saying and our thoughts. As I’ve said, this is a staged project so we are listening to your feedback very carefully.
In 2013 we have some big plans to upgrade the user experience of our Marketplaces. Some of the changes will be small, some large. Some are UI related, and others are just about the experience. I’m excited today to announce one of the first changes for the year—an overhaul of our licenses. Continue Reading
Today, Tuts+ Premium has refunded all active members for the months of July and August, as promised as part of our response to the security breach on the 26th of June. This means that all paying members affected by the breach will have a total of three months free access in the form of refunds, including the one-month refund issued on the 30th of June.
Also today, for any members who had a paying subscription on the 26th of June but have since cancelled, we have added two free months of access to their account.
You do not need to take any action to receive your refund or free access.
If you believe you were entitled to a refund under this arrangement but for some reason haven’t received payment, please lodge a support ticket and include your Tuts+ Premium username and transaction ID (view your subscription in PayPal/Moneybookers to see this). Because of the volume of support it may take a few days to organize your refund, so please be patient. If you are a cancelled member and believe you are missing free access, please follow the same process but leave out the transaction ID. Continue Reading
Last week, Tuts+ Premium experienced a major outage following a security compromise. On Saturday we issued a refund to all members who were paying subscribers on June 26th when the issues began. In addition we announced that we would be giving free access to anyone who, prior to June 26th, had ever signed up, even if their membership had expired or they’d never completed their initial purchase.
It was a bad situation, and I’d again like to apologize to all the affected users. We hope that this period of free access will be a small step to repairing our user’s faith and trust in Envato and Tuts+ Premium. Continue Reading