Happy TrueThemes Day

by posted in Authors, Milestones
Sep 5
2013

TrueThemes-notes

Congratulations to TrueThemes, the latest team to reach Power Elite status by selling an incredible one million dollars worth of items. Since April 2009 they have amassed over 34,000 sales and 1,194 followers while traveling the world, working in coffee shops, and focussing on quality rather than quantity. Well done!

Happy TrueThemes Day!

 
We asked the man behind TrueThemes a few questions about the journey to the $1,000,000 milestone. Read on to learn how he realized that one man wasn’t enough, how to work effectively without a “proper” office, and how it feels to reach a million dollars worth of sales!

Sean

Sean

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got here?

Sure thing. My name is Sean Corey. I’m a 28-year-old (American) web designer currently living in Thailand.

My career as a web designer started in 2003 as a student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. I studied for four years, and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia and Web Design.

During my time at university I worked on a handful of freelance projects, and worked a six-month internship at a boutique design agency. After graduation I landed a job at a Marketing and Advertising firm, where I spent the next four years as their lead front-end developer and UI designer.

I discovered ThemeForest during my time working at the agency. I’d never used WordPress at that time, and really wanted to give it a go. So I put on my big boy pants, got elbow deep in code, submitted the (now retired) Sansation theme, and that’s where this amazing journey began. :)

I started off on ThemeForest as a one-man-band (FiveSquared). After about six months on the Marketplace I discovered how much I truly enjoyed being part of this community, and decided to make it my full-time career.

Sean

Sean

I left the security of my agency job, and took the plunge into becoming a full-time ThemeForest author. I launched our super-awesome Karma WordPress Theme and my ThemeForest career took a massive turn for the better. Sales started pouring in, support tickets were racking up, and I suddenly realized I could no longer do this alone. This is where TrueThemes was born.

TrueThemes is a three-man team comprised of myself, Miguel Gomes, and Denzel Chia. Miguel is our support manager, and is an absolute rock star at keeping our day-to-day business running smoothly and efficiently. He’s quick on his feet, super smart, and leaves our customers feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

Denzel is our lead back-end developer and is the absolute muscle on our team. He thinks in zeroes and ones, and can program nearly everything my crazy brain can throw at him.

I’m currently the jack-of-all team member, and do a little bit of everything within the company – UI designer, front-end programming, product marketing, and the oh-so-lovely business and accounting side.

Sean

Sean

How does it feel to have sold over $1,000,000 of items?

It feels absolutely amazing. It was only four short years ago that I wrote my first ever line of WordPress code. Never did I imagine that I’d be sitting here today writing about reaching the Envato Power Elite milestone.  The money itself is really just a number to me, but the journey it took to get here has been a truly amazing ride.

It means that my bills will get paid and there will still be food on the table. Lol. No, but really, this milestone truly confirms to me that I’m on the right path in my professional career and that my amazing team members are the absolute right men for the job.

How many hours do you spend on designs for the Envato marketplace?

Hmm… tough question. The initial build of our Karma WordPress Theme took approximately six months from concept to completion. I was only a one-man show at the time, and was still learning the WordPress ropes, so this had a much longer completion time.

Our focus these days is product improvement and customer satisfaction, so we don’t spend much time developing completely new products. Our business model is very much structured around quality over quantity. With all of that being said, “Excellence takes time.”

Sean

Sean

Actually each and every one of our products has been rejected on the first pass. Mostly small tweaks were needed, but we took things in stride and made the adjustments to receive approval. We’ve gained invaluable insight having our products reviewed by a completely impartial third party, and the approval process is something that we have been truly grateful for.

What words of encouragement do you have to any budding authors who want to make Power Elite level?

Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.

Many of the top ThemeForest authors have years of industry experience being elbow deep in code, working face-to-face with clients, and learning from our past mistakes.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other and always do your best – you will absolutely make it wherever you want to go.

Believe in yourself. You can do it! :)

Sean

Sean

What is your office space like?

Ah, the million dollar question (no pun intended). These days my office space generally comes with a lovely barista serving up delicious caffeinated beverages, and my trusty MiFi device.

Coffee shops are truly one of my favorite places to work. Just me, my MacBook Pro and a trusty pair of headphones, and I’m off and running. Combine that with the seemingly endless flow of caffeine and the never ending people-watching material, and it’s an environment where I truly thrive.

Back in the States I also have a ‘proper office’ which has a super-comfy office chair, 27″ Apple display, and a killer surround sound setup.

Interior design is my favorite place to find inspiration. There’s something about good interior design, with its powerful combination of colors, textures and patterns, that really gets my design juices flowing.

Miguel

Miguel

What is the best thing about your job?

Here’s a word from the whole team…

Miguel: The best thing about my job is the satisfaction we receive from helping our customers achieve the maximum potential with our themes or any of our products.

Denzel: The best thing about my job is that I can do what I like in the comfort of my home office, and at the same time make money without missing out on watching my children grow!

Sean: The best thing about my job is getting paid to do something that I absolutely love. I love the flexibility and remote nature of the web design industry. Being ‘wireless’ affords me the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most amazing talent located all across the globe.

Denzel

Denzel

If you could choose any space in the world and create a design for it, where would it be and what would you make?

Branding and corporate identity have always fascinated me, but my career only offered me the opportunity to dabble very little in this area. I would love to work alongside a branding/logo guru to develop a complete corporate identity package for a company.

How do you keep motivated and inspired?

Balance.

My early career consisted of a daily overkill of active work hours followed by my ‘down time’ of reading articles, following tutorials and furthering my coding and design skills. After a few years I was completely burnt out.

These days I take a much more balanced approach by including a variety of non-technical activities in my life. My favorite hobbies away from my computer screen are drawing, yoga, surfing and swimming. It’s during these times away from the computer that I recharge my motivation and gain new insights and ideas about whatever I’m working on at the moment.

What is the hardest thing about your job?

Unplugging.

The balance I just spoke about is truly one of the hardest things about my job. I love what I do, I can do it from anywhere, and there’s no such thing as ‘normal business hours’. This trifecta of awesomeness makes it very challenging to unplug, step away from the computer and truly enjoy all the beauty that this world has to offer.

Denzel

Denzel

Is there anything else you would like to add or say?

Thank you.

Thank you to every single one of our customers. It’s only through your support that we’re able to continue on this amazing journey. You absolutely rock!

Thank you Collis. Thank you Cyan. And thank you to the entire Envato team.

Your vision, hard work and persistence has made the Envato Marketplaces what they are today and you guys have literally changed the entire landscape of my life. You guys are a huge blessing in my life, and I truly thank you for all that you do.

Stay true.

Denzel

Denzel

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  1. iGalaxytheme on the 5th September

    Wow, Good Luck guys.

  2. Joseph Gabito on the 5th September

    Bro…. you are AWESOME!!!!!

    • Joseph Gabito on the 5th September

      you inspired me more.. :D. I’m so happy seeing authors like you getting achievements like this!

  3. Rita Lorraine on the 5th September

    I purchased your Karma Theme, and though I haven’t launched my website yet, I love the feel and the flexibility. Plus I’ve had to ask a few questions, and your customer service is top-notch.

    Congratulations on being Number One!

    Rita Lorraine

  4. mojtaba ghorbani on the 5th September

    good luck guys
    i love theme forest and true theme .
    but i can’t buy karma theme . because i cant buy with peypal :(

    but , good luck and happy to you

  5. rebecca on the 5th September

    :D Great work guys!

  6. Withemes on the 5th September

    Congratulations! So admirable! :)

  7. Deni Saputro on the 5th September

    A really great and inspiring achievement!

  8. meisuseno on the 5th September

    congrats :D

  9. Miguel Vasquez on the 5th September

    Congratulations TrueThemes! :D

  10. rebecca on the 5th September

    Just so everyone knows, the gorgeous photos were taken by a talented Marketplaces buyer. You can check him out here

    http://www.bythewei.com/

  11. VIVEK on the 5th September

    Great Work….CONGRATS GUYS…. :)

  12. as_moderateur on the 5th September

    Congratulations!

  13. Giovanni on the 5th September

    Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment.

  14. Jeff on the 5th September

    Amazing. Congrats on the well-deserved success!

  15. aed on the 5th September

    nice inspired; great and congratulation

  16. sam on the 5th September

    Congratulations!

  17. Muhammad Haris (@mharis) on the 5th September

    Congratulation guys on the big achievement.

    Keep rocking!

  18. Selim Rana on the 5th September

    Wow, many many congratulation!

  19. vbegy on the 5th September

    Wow,congratulations man :)

  20. Softwebmedia on the 5th September

    Awesome Work….Congratulations!!!

  21. Qassim.Dev on the 5th September

    Great!
    Good luck.

  22. strokesaiful on the 5th September

    Congratulations TrueThemes! :D

  23. Amr Sadek on the 5th September

    Congratulations :)

  24. guiwidgets on the 5th September

    Congrats GUYS! Great and inspiring work. Keep it up :)

  25. JOGJAfile on the 5th September

    Congratulations Mate :)
    Great work !!!

  26. jaspreet on the 5th September

    I got motivated to learn wordpress coding. Congrates for big success:)

  27. Dhaval on the 5th September

    wow, Congratulations!

    keep rocking…

  28. Carlos I on the 5th September

    Congratulations dude! and Thanks for inspiring others to folllow your road!

  29. John on the 5th September

    Parabêns amigo! Você merece. ;)

  30. CapitalH on the 5th September

    Wow. Congrats TrueThemes.

  31. Yann on the 5th September

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work and enjoy being “wireless”.

  32. Amaksi on the 5th September

    Good for you! I hope on our side of the truck will turn over with the million!)

  33. Webinane on the 5th September

    They people deserve it as they worked really hard to reach this milestone, i am deeply impressed by their performance.

  34. Harnish Design on the 5th September

    congrats :D

  35. Anthuan Vasquez on the 5th September

    Congratulations guys!, inspiring work :).

  36. 90Box on the 5th September

    Awesome Work!!! : – )

  37. Mike Stratton on the 5th September

    We love you man!

  38. Inspect Magazine on the 5th September

    Great persons make great products! You are number one! Keep it up!

  39. iModDesign on the 5th September

    Congratulations TrueThemes :)

    This park is Lumpini Park?

  40. JoNa on the 5th September

    Really awesome accomplishments, congratulations!

  41. gfxnav on the 5th September

    Congratulations TrueThemes! Good Job !

  42. GoodLayers on the 5th September

    Congratulations! :D

  43. Vinod Dalvi on the 5th September

    I liked your motto “Quality over Quantity” :)

    Hearty Congratulations…!!!

  44. niccolofalaschi on the 5th September

    wow!!!
    congratulations!! :D

  45. cube3x on the 5th September

    Awesome achievement and great theme. All the best for your future :)

  46. Sidd on the 5th September

    I am sure that such a post as this inspires a lot many others out there. Today spawns thousands of more attempts at making it into the Forest :D

  47. Irene on the 5th September

    All the best !!!!! The future it’s your!!!

  48. Neu on the 5th September

    Congrat True Themes with your achievement. All the best

  49. EffectiveLab on the 5th September

    Congratulations TrueThemes!

  50. MS Najam on the 5th September

    Truly inspiring for newbies!

  51. Saqib on the 5th September

    Congrats Sean.

    Keep rising :)

  52. minti on the 5th September

    Inspiring! Congratulations!

  53. Inspirapkd on the 5th September

    Hearty Congratulation. True inspiration. All the best.

  54. Mohammad on the 5th September

    Congratulations Sean.
    I hope to be like you

  55. Dotnpix on the 5th September

    Congrats TrueThemes… :)

  56. Stephen Brian on the 5th September

    Congratulations Bro. Keep up the good work.

  57. Sergiu on the 5th September

    Keep it up guys! Honest, down to earth interview answers. Kudos

  58. NOVAPLUS on the 5th September

    Great, lovely works! Congratulations!!

  59. CrealabSK on the 5th September

    Great work! Congratulatio! :-)

  60. aminn on the 5th September

    Congratulations! :D

  61. redWORX :: Creative Media on the 5th September

    Congrats to TrueThemes! Great success :)

  62. herotec on the 5th September

    Congratulations TrueThemes!

  63. Regardt Nel on the 5th September

    This is so damn inspiring. It just shows, once again, that we are the masters of our own universes and that if you work hard and preservere you can achieve almost anything.

    All the best guys.

  64. ImanGM on the 5th September

    Wow! Congrats! :-)

  65. Aqeel syed on the 5th September

    Congratulations guys! Very inspiring, I love that!

  66. Muhammad Hamza Asif on the 5th September

    :) Congrates :) Looking for such sucess in future for me tooo ;)

  67. Mr Lio on the 5th September

    Congratulations TrueThemes :)

  68. WildFoox on the 5th September

    Great work man and you have a great team ! Keep working like this :)

  69. Addeystock on the 5th September

    Huge congratulations True Themes..Well deserved :)

  70. Faraz Ahmad on the 5th September

    Amazing Work! Congratulations.

  71. Edendom on the 5th September

    Congrats!

  72. Artem on the 5th September

    Wow! Congrats! :)

  73. gefunden werden on the 5th September

    Respect Team!

  74. XDesigns on the 5th September

    Congratulations!!! very inspiring and great work !

  75. Graphikos on the 5th September

    Congrats True Theme ! The next step is 2 Millions ! ;)

  76. Tayo on the 5th September

    Congrats and good luck!

  77. booitalia on the 5th September

    CONGRATULATION !!!!!! :)

  78. Granth on the 5th September

    Congratulation guys, good work!

  79. Daniel Paul on the 5th September

    Congratulations! :)

  80. etikau on the 5th September

    Congratulations guys! Amazing work! Good luck :)

  81. Dusan | Meks HQ on the 5th September

    Awesome stuff!
    Good job!

  82. Seventh Queen on the 5th September

    Great work! Congratulations !!! :)

  83. Paul on the 5th September

    Congratulations TrueThemes! with more success to come Im sure.
    Truly inspiring, good to see that you kept that quality all the way.

    Stay Beautiful!
    StereoHive

  84. Gautam Thapar on the 5th September

    Inspiring! Congratulations!! :)

  85. ResponsiveMiracle on the 5th September

    Congratulations!

    Amazing and inspirational story. Karma theme is one of the best in wp marketplace.

  86. vat lieu chong tham sika on the 5th September

    Congratulation guys! ::D :D

    Good jod and good luck to you!

  87. vat lieu chong tham sika on the 5th September

    Amazing Work! Congratulations.

  88. Aether-Themes on the 5th September

    Great achievement! Congrats and keep up the good work!

  89. Evgeny on the 5th September

    Thanks guys, I believe that many people just get together with envato reach such heights! ))

  90. Vidal on the 5th September

    Amazing job!

  91. fotis on the 5th September

    Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

  92. SCX on the 5th September

    Amazing!!!!! Quality over Quantity, Excellence Takes Time… !!!
    Good Luck!

  93. Valeo5 on the 5th September

    you are AWESOME!

  94. Serverio on the 5th September

    Nice job guys!

  95. greenline on the 5th September

    This is impressive and very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your success story and good luck with your future projects!

  96. Sabeer on the 5th September

    Congrats. Let it reach newer heights

  97. Alex Dixon on the 5th September

    Nice inspirational read fella :)

  98. Abdul on the 5th September

    Amazing job.

    Congratulations from all the way Somalia :)

  99. djjeep on the 5th September

    Awesome news,guys! 8) Good luck in the future! ;)

  100. ideaofart on the 5th September

    Awesome work guys… Congrats to TrueThemes! :)

  101. Venkatraman.C on the 5th September

    Congratulations guys……… Great………

  102. Yasser on the 5th September

    Good job, congratulations! wish you all the best.

  103. Bijay Pakhrin on the 5th September

    Awesome!!! Congratulations guys!!

  104. Sasindu Hewage on the 5th September

    thanks for inspiring me!!! Good Luck !!!

  105. tamiq on the 5th September

    congrats :)

  106. Miguel on the 5th September

    Congratulations mate! :)

  107. Bluevisuals on the 5th September

    Congrats! You guys are an inspiration.

  108. Ev on the 5th September

    Very inspiring! Congrats, guys!

  109. dzoj on the 5th September

    Amazing job, congratulations!

  110. Luke on the 5th September

    Congrats guys! Awesome achievement, keep up the great work!

  111. Manuel on the 5th September

    Very happy for you guys! congrats!

  112. ThemeRox on the 5th September

    Congrats bro. Great job for a long time. Keep it up :)

  113. Raphael Love on the 5th September

    That is purely a sign of dedication to quality work! Kudos to you and those that you have provided your gifts to! :)

  114. Taswir Haider on the 5th September

    Good to see the awesomeness. Congrats. :)

  115. Charith on the 5th September

    Congrats guys!

  116. Ansh on the 5th September

    Congrats… thats so admirable…

  117. jaspreet on the 5th September

    pls unsubscribe me

  118. TrueThemes on the 5th September

    Thanks so much everyone for all the kind words. You’re all rockstars! :)

  119. Emeka on the 5th September

    Your guys just motivated me. Thanks a bunch!!!

  120. Chris Robinson on the 5th September

    Congrats guys!

  121. cpthapa on the 5th September

    Congratulation True Themes Team !

  122. woodos on the 5th September

    Congratulations!

  123. Phil Larson on the 5th September

    Great interview and great wisdom. “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” I love that. Congrats!

  124. eS on the 5th September

    true work, true results, awesome work.. Stay true.. xD

  125. ozgur coruhlu on the 5th September

    Congrats guys!

  126. Brandt Solovij on the 5th September

    Amazing accomplishment guys – well done

  127. Vincent on the 5th September

    Congrats guys! Keep it up.

  128. Abhishek on the 5th September

    Excellent!
    This post motivates all Creators here, that the sky is not far, just work u will get there!

    Cheers!

  129. Maria Milky on the 5th September

    Amazing Work! Congratulations.

  130. Jason on the 5th September

    Amazing! congrats! Keep up the fantastic work! Great inspiration

  131. Nuno Silva on the 5th September

    This is very motivational.
    Loved it. Congrats!

  132. MeGustaMusic on the 5th September

    That was an awesome interview! Congratulations

  133. Forumlar on the 5th September

    Perfect!
    Good luck..

  134. LaDonna Farrow on the 5th September

    Congratulations! Your story and advice are a great inspiration to me and I’m sure many others. I am a purchaser of your Karma theme and I’m very glad to be a part of your milestone achievement.

    Here’s to the next million…

    Cheers,
    LaDonna Farrow

  135. Gilberto Ramos on the 5th September

    Felicitaciones! El trabajo bien hecho siempre rendirá frutos.

  136. alia on the 5th September

    Congrats :)

  137. Marcus T. on the 5th September

    very inspiring! I am same age as you and plan on doing the same thing!

  138. Sheraz Alvi on the 5th September

    Inspiring guys very well done for making bold decisions and sticking to them in early hard times. Needs a strong head and a lot of belief. WELL DONE!

  139. Patrick on the 5th September

    Congrats!

  140. Eric Breuers on the 5th September

    Congrats guys! What an amazing achievement over such a short period of time.

  141. eJawatan on the 6th September

    Great job!

  142. victor on the 6th September

    congrats , another inspiring story

  143. juanmita on the 6th September

    Congratulations!!!

  144. Abdur Rahman on the 6th September

    inspired me from your work. I just spend lots of time but had not idea how much time to spend on one theme development.

  145. Sargatal on the 7th September

    Thanks for inspiring. Congratulations from the heart.
    Keep on fire!

  146. designthemes on the 9th September

    We are all happy to be in envato family. where everyone lives their dream life. You are one of the best!

  147. TrueThemes on the 13th September

    Just want to give another thank you for everyone’s heart. felt words.

    You guys absolutely rock.

    Cheers :)

  148. susanta on the 25th March

    Congratulation!.

  149. Rezan Ferdous on the 26th July

    Rocking :D

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