Kriesi: The First Author to Sell $1,000,000 Worth of Items

by posted in Milestones
Dec 13
2011

Kriesi is the first Envato author to reach Power Elite level! Kriesi has been a member of the Envato community for 3 years, in that time he has amassed a following of 4,088 community members and almost 32,000 sales! He is the most successful author on the Marketplaces to date and the first to reach Power Elite status. A huge congratulations to Kriesi for crossing this milestone and for leading the way for future authors. Kriesi’s amazing achievements show that it is possible to not only make money off the Envato Marketplaces but to do what you love, get paid well and enjoy it as a full time job. Read after the break for an in-depth interview with Kriesi!


Collis Ta’eed (Envato Co-Founder and CEO) is thrilled that Kriesi is our first Power Elite author; Collis said:

“No-one deserves this more than him. Not only has he been at the forefront of ThemeForest for many years, he is in fact one of our very first ThemeForest authors. Kriesi’s first theme dates back to just weeks after the ThemeForest Marketplace launched in 2008. Kriesi is responsible for breaking a lot of ground on ThemeForest, he’s responsible for numerous trends and styles that became popular in his wake, and has repeatedly demonstrated what it means to be a top author at Envato. It’s really fitting that he’s our first million dollar author. My heartfelt congratulations go out to him!”

Interview with Kriesi

As a part of the reward for reaching Power Elite status Envato celebrates a day in honour of the author, that means that today is Kriesi Day! To kick off the celebrations we’ll start with an interview with the man himself, so you can find out a little more about Envato’s most successful author and what it takes to make it to the top.

Congratulations on becoming our very first Power Elite author Kriesi, tell us about how you got here.

Well first of all thanks for having me! :) I started being a ThemeForest author back in September 2008, shortly after the closed beta ended. I was working 9-5 as front end developer in a small advertising agency, which hired me after I finished college. I had a few designs that didn’t make the cut for our clients, so I thought I could just give this strange marketplace thingy a chance and submit one of those designs. Sales during the first month were really lousy ( I made $30 for 40 hours of work) and I was nearly convinced that this whole stock template business was a big waste of time. For reasons I still can’t name, I created a second theme from scratch and submitted that as well. Guess my life would look a whole lot different if I hadn’t done that. :)

The second theme wasn’t even close to being a top seller, but it sold enough copies to show me that my first guess was completely wrong. So for the next few months I improved my Photoshop skills, learned how to code javascript, how to write php that doesn’t look like Spaghetti code and submitted new themes, hoping for a top seller. :)

When that finally happened in July 2009 it caught me completely off guard. Sales exploded, so did the earnings and I was so excited, I was hitting the browser reload button every five minutes for at least 3 days straight. For the first time in my life I was thinking about leaving the agency and becoming self employed.

It did take another 6 months of good sales for me to realize that this wasn’t just a lucky coincidence that earned me some nice pocket money, but actually the real deal, and that I don’t need to be afraid to have no income in 2 months if I quit my daytime job.

What followed were probably the best 2 years of my life. Due to the growing marketplace I was able to start my own business without any knowledge of startups, self employment, marketing or accounting. I just had to do what came natural to me: creating new themes. Thats pretty much what I did until today. :)

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

Feels kinda unreal to me. I still remember one of the first presentations in college when the Professor concluded that most designers and programmers don’t do their jobs because they want to get rich, but because they love what they do. Thats pretty much the way everyone in my class felt. I never thought about becoming self employed, and I certainly never thought that I would someday sell products on a marketplace, worth 1 million dollars. Of course that’s not the money I actually get to spend, you guys at Envato get your well deserved junk for marketing and for the great infrastructure you provide, and an even bigger part is lost to taxes and exchange rate from dollar to euro, but I definitely earn more than I ever thought I would.It definitely feels good, but sometimes its hard to believe that I got that lucky. :)

What does this milestone mean for you as an author and designer?

To be honest, not that much. :) I just turned 30 this month and its a quite similar experience. Everyone is asking you how you feel, now that you are 30 years old, and everyone who has turned 30 pretty much gives the same answer: nothing has changed since yesterday, nothings different :)

I feel similar about this milestone, it’s great that I have come this far, but there is not much difference to last month or even last year. I wouldn’t consider myself a better author or designer now that I have achieved it and I certainly don’t think I am better than someone who hasn’t reached this milestone yet, so as designer this doesn’t mean that much to me.

Personally I think the coolest part of the milestone is that Envato decided to reward elite authors with fancy goodies and badges, something I was really missing before the Elite program opened its doors. :)
I was always a great fan of games like Diablo and World of Warcraft (probably even “a little” addicted) and the quest for new items and achievements was always something that got me hooked.
Cant wait to get the “Envato-Power-Elite-Ring” , my first real life item. ;D

The Power Elite Ring!

So long story short: I am super exited on a personal level but apart from this one day promotion it wont help me selling themes. I still have to work hard to compete; no change, nothings different. :)

You have 40 items currently on the Marketplaces. How many hours have you spent on designs for the Envato Marketplace?

Thats hard to tell since I usually don’t design the whole template in Photoshop before starting to code. I create a rough layout in Photoshop and add details on the go while coding the HTML or WordPress version. The average time per project that I am really working in Photoshop is probably 2-3 days. The average time for a WordPress theme from start to finish about 3 weeks…

Have you had any designs rejected and what did you do about it?

Yes, I can remember that I submitted work to both, ThemeForest and ActiveDen, that was rejected. In the case of ActiveDen I didn’t really bother, since I was submitting leftovers from the agency. I can’t really remember exactly why the ThemeForest item was rejected but I did what most of us do: I was pissed first, then calmed down, listened to the reviewers suggestion, fixed the problems, resubmitted the item, and had to acknowledge that the reviewer was totally right and that the final work was far better than the first version. :)

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

Collis once gave a presentation about Iteration at Ignite Melbourne, that pretty much sums up how I was able to reach the Power Elite level.

I was not, and am not the most talented designer or coder on ThemeForest and I certainly didn’t land a “hole in one” with my first themes. But with every new release I was able to learn something new, about my code, about the underlying technology, about the people that buy my stuff and also why they buy my stuff. I basically iterated to success and thats pretty much the best advice I can give:

Take the time to improve yourself, to improve your work, and become a better designer/programmer with every new release. You will eventually come up with something that people love. :)

What is your office space like?

Similar to most of my themes: lots of whitespace, very white, very clean (some would say sterile). I don’t like a lot of clutter on my virtual desktop and I certainly don’t want it on my real one. ;D
I also have two beanbag chairs in my office, located bellow a small palm tree. If I cant focus on work I usually sit down there and read a little bit. There are days though when I simply need a break from my own office and need to get out, need to see other human beings. Then I usually head to one of the many cafes in Vienna and work there. :) I consider those places my “extended office”…

How do you get inspiration for your designs?

I guess I am not that different to fellow designers here. I love Dribbble and Twitter, I admire the work of a few fellow authors which keep inspiring me and when thats not enough there are always those well known “top 100 of XY-design” lists as well as CSS galleries to get my creative juices flowing. :)

But these days its mostly Dribbble and Twitter.

What is the best thing about your job?

Being able to do what I like, always having the possibility to take a day off, being my own boss, working with great people from around the world, and being part of such a great competitive community that pushes WordPress theming like only a few others do. :)

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

Thats a tough one. I think I would want to design an all glass building in the Alps of Austria that holds a super fancy shared office were I and others can work and go on the slopes whenever we feel the need for a timeout :) Video Games, Cinema, Party Lounge etc included. And I would hope for someone to build a similar building somewhere in Egypt. Snowboarding the whole year could get boring, would like to spice it up with some Kitesurfing. :D

Please help us settle a long running internal debate. How do you pronounce your username?

Haha, didn’t know that there is a debate about my name :D. Kriesi derives from the Austrian short version of Christian (Chrisi) I just had to come up with a different spelling for my first online account since Chrisi was of course already taken since its quite common here. Since I would feel rather silly uploading an mp3 where I pronounce the name: open google translate ( http://translate.google.com/ ), select: from Hindi to English and enter Kriesi. Now press the Listen button ;).

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Only that the last few years were a blast, that I am happy to be part of this community and  I am waiting with a red carpet for the next person to join me in the Power Elite Club :) Good luck everyone!

  

Kriesi looking gangsta with his Power Elite ring!

A huge congratulations to Kriesi for reaching 1,000,000 worth of sales! We are extremely proud to have such a motivated author as a leader in our community. We only hope that the rest of you as inspired as we are! Happy Kriesi Day everyone!

View Kriesi’s portfolio of work on the Marketplaces.
Check out Kriesi’s blog.
Follow Kriesi on Twitter.

  1. Mattia on the 13th December

    Congratulations!

    • Matt on the 13th December

      Great job Chrisie :D

      Good luck, I am thinking of joining the themeforest too to sell my items :D

    • ThemeCloud™Org on the 1st April

      Congratulations to you. Your success is well deserved!

      Go for your next million my friend.

  2. geceolurken on the 13th December

    Congrats!

  3. KD on the 13th December

    Congratulations. You are one of my fav author :)

    Keep up the roll!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Parth on the 13th December

    Conratz Kriesi! I’m guessing new paw color for the 1 mil – 2 mil?

  5. Josh Arcadia on the 13th December

    You are the man! let me be the first to congratulate you, soon I will tell your story! :D

    Again congrats

  6. Adrien on the 13th December

    Huge congrats to you Kriesi!!

    I for one have looked forward to this day, for nearly 5 years, and very happy to see this news :) :)

    One million sold is such a remarkable milestone, which is a true testament to the reach of Envato, and the talent of its amazing authors and fantastic community.

    Much respect and best regards,
    Adrien aka ADG3Studios

  7. acerchina on the 13th December

    Kriesi.
    Great, congratulations!

  8. Wayne Austin on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi !

  9. tutspress on the 13th December

    Great Kriesi!

  10. Jonathan01 on the 13th December

    Hey man big congrats on your milestone – I have always admired your work and you were the inspiration for me to start developing WordPress themes rather than just HTML etc

    Really feel honored to be part of the same marketplace as yourself and I look forward to many more years of friendly competition

    Keep reaching for the stars!


    Jonathan

  11. Rodrigo Henrik on the 13th December

    Congrats! =)

  12. sachith on the 13th December

    great work my friend…cheeerrzzzz…..wish u a good luck buddy

  13. kipet on the 13th December

    congrats!

  14. Adrian Try on the 13th December

    Congratulations, Kriesi. Very 1337!

  15. mafloral on the 13th December

    Hey Kriesi awesome job on this man. Btw What would your next PAW look like? lol Anyhow just wanted to congratulate on this big milestone.

    Cheers

    Lester

  16. Skellie on the 13th December

    Congratulations from the entire Tuts+ Premium team! You’ve been an inspiration to so many of our members, and to us personally! :).

  17. Davo on the 13th December

    Mega congrats! Another man that is brave enough to be happy :)

  18. Eduardo Santos on the 13th December

    Congrats! :D On the road to the 2 million! Won’t be as hard!

  19. Ben Reynolds on the 13th December

    Congratulations! You’re an inspiration to me, knowing that it is possible to have so much success doing what you love to do :-)

  20. fahmyzone on the 13th December

    wooowww…. awesome achievement! Congratulation Kriesi!!!!

  21. Dave on the 13th December

    Congrats man! Great accomplishment!

  22. Rui Tiago on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi! Impressive…

  23. chrismccoy on the 13th December

    congrats, one of my fav authors on envato ;)

  24. finalmethod on the 13th December

    Wow, congrats, this is a really impressive achievement!!

  25. Mauro (domibit) on the 13th December

    Congratulations, you are an inspiration!

  26. W. Allen on the 13th December

    Big Congrats – it is always great to see earned success.

  27. Sudhir on the 13th December

    Such an inspiration to us all Kriesi :).

    May you have many more successes in the future and reach that 2 Mil mark in just less than half the time (trust me it is possible ) :).

    To all the others out there, your “day” will come :D.

  28. 7air on the 13th December

    well done bud, great works – legend

  29. Patrik Larsson on the 13th December

    Congratulations, Christian! I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you for this milestone! It’s incredible! :)

  30. activetofocus on the 13th December

    Congratulations, Kriesi.

  31. Jorge on the 13th December

    Kriesi, congratulations! You are my idol, jajaja

    Awesome!

  32. Rafael Oliveira on the 13th December

    Wow! Congratz :D

  33. UnitedThemes on the 13th December

    congrats!

  34. Bassem on the 13th December

    Congratulations!

  35. Eric D. Greene on the 13th December

    Totally awesome, congratulations Kriesi

  36. Alberto on the 13th December

    Effort, tenacity and good taste.
    Congratulations.

  37. Fresh on the 13th December

    Go Kreisi! “U da #BOSS!”

  38. Rodrigo on the 13th December

    amazing!!

  39. Marco on the 13th December

    Jesus, been thinking about making the jump and start doing this, but I guess I need NO further convincing. Damn dude, congrats!!!!

  40. ken/graphics4444 on the 13th December

    hey a big CONGRATULATIONS dude, wtg… a mil in sales is outstanding… you’re an inspiration to everyone. keep up the great job. :)

  41. CaCaDoo on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi.
    Keep Up The Good Work And Go To The Next Million :)

  42. Ben on the 13th December

    Buddypress Theme?

  43. bob on the 13th December

    Congrats. I have been a member of Envato since April 2008 and just went back to see my first purchases and saw that 3 of the first 12 were yours. Perseverance always pays off. I learned a long time ago that we get paid in direct proportion to the amount of rejection we can eat. You got rejected and ate it than spat it out.

    . The only way to succeed is to follow the footpath of King Kriese. I am truly impressed and many thanks to Envato for giving many authors the chance to succeed on their own terms

  44. Ivor on the 13th December

    Congratulations Christian! Well deserved man.

  45. harrywebss on the 13th December

    Congrats for kriesi….

  46. Rick Yentzer on the 13th December

    That is a great achievement. You should be proud. Congrats!

  47. wordpress guy on the 13th December

    big fan. love your stuff! You’ve made me money too man! KEEP IT UP :)

  48. Lueve on the 13th December

    congrats bruv keep up the great work.

  49. Patrick on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi! You’re an inspiration for the rest of us.

  50. Amy on the 13th December

    Wow congratulations from Div Party Australia!

  51. Travis on the 13th December

    Outstanding!

    I think Google Translate just experienced a jump in Hindi to English translations :)

  52. CodeMasterX on the 13th December

    Conratz Kriesi!

  53. Chris Bannu on the 13th December

    Congratulations, you really deserve it. Also, respect for staying modest.

  54. Thomas Vo on the 13th December

    Incredible!! While I’m deeply jealous, I would like to congratulate you on such a big milestone accomplishment!

  55. r0ash on the 13th December

    Congrats to Kriesi and Envato, keep up the good work!

  56. Ahmad on the 13th December

    Conratz Kriesi!

  57. aditia on the 13th December

    Awesome, your work deserve it, congrats

  58. Brian H. on the 13th December

    Kriesi,

    Congratulations on the milestone! I’d personally like to thank you for the work you’ve done. I’ve used many of your WordPress themes for my clients and even my own business website.

    Keep up the great work!

  59. kirpal on the 13th December

    Congrats Bro….you really really deserve it…great work…great interview…impressive personality and dashing ring :)

  60. Zanzad on the 13th December

    Very impressive! Congratz, Kriesi…

  61. Richard on the 13th December

    That’s awesome man! Congratulations for this achievement.

    Being your own boss, that is priceless :)

  62. contrastblack on the 13th December

    Congrats mate, and a belated happy birthday! :D Btw, love the syberias you’re rocking! How’s the comfort level on the neckband? nevermind, offtopic haha

    Keep at it mate.

  63. dan on the 13th December

    Well all I can say is that way back in 2009 I purchased levitation for a client project..and let me tell you I had to do very extensive customization over a 6 mo time frame. The client had to have endless admin and option customization to make it easier for them to manage content.. and that theme just did not fight me not one bit..I went into the options array the function file, html, css all of it..I was really worried at first but this is my testimony the code is clean and well crafted so when a person has to do some heavy custom work backend and front end Kriesi is the go to guy..Im not puffing..I really mean this I was impressed..:)
    Dan

  64. Randy Cole on the 13th December

    Kreisi,

    Your work has made me look good. Thanks for putting in those hours and NOT giving up!

    I continue to be a fan of your designs and templates.

  65. Adam Haider on the 13th December

    A big congratulations to Chris!

    There’s no much to say that hasn’t already been mentioned, apart from that this is a testament that when you have a passion accompanied with dedication to follow it through great things come out of it.

    As a newcomer to User Interface designing I realise my path is paved with brick-walls, late nights and surrounded by mugs of coffee but what I do know is that this is probably the most exciting industry I can think of that is challenging but always rewarding in the end when what you create serves a purpose and is in high demand.

    I guess I got my work cut out then huh. :-)

  66. Joyonto on the 13th December

    Congratulation Kriesi, I am taking you as one of my idols just form this moment :)

  67. rulhaf on the 13th December

    you’re amazing man

  68. 2experts on the 13th December

    Congrats. You are one of my fav author :)

  69. Scott on the 13th December

    Such a wonderful milestone and what a great story. Many congratulations, Kriesi! :-)

  70. JavierDesigns on the 13th December

    Very impressive! Congratz, Kriesi… from Puerto Rico

  71. 92five on the 13th December

    Kriesi = Machine

    Congrats!

  72. Mohd on the 13th December

    Congrats, you desrve it mate!

    Hope you are an example for many, super envato man lol

    mojo911

  73. ed on the 13th December

    Thanks for all your hard work and love the new ring :)

  74. Haziq on the 13th December

    MOTHER OF GOD! :O

    Congrats Kriesi! You were always an inspiration! ;) All your themes are excellent.

  75. Joefrey Mahusay on the 13th December

    Congratulations! You’re awesome!

  76. Anoop Kamboj on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi !

    We always follow you….

  77. Virtual_hq on the 13th December

    Congratulations, now it’s time to make another mil :-)

  78. guiwidgets on the 13th December

    Congratulations! You are my inspiration … :)

  79. Ciprian on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi from a country close to yours. This news is very motivating for all of us, I guess. Makes me consider everything I have on the market and improve it, resubmit it, overhaul it.

    In fact, I’ll start now.

  80. Jo on the 13th December

    Fantastic and well deserved too! Your themes are second to none and I can say through experience that your support is absolutely fantastic.
    Well done! :)

  81. Aimee on the 13th December

    Awesome, Kriesi!! Congratulation!!! You’re setting an excellent example for many of the youth to follow, and many of those who are hopeless to see hope at the end of their tunnel. No one can tell you that you can’t do it if you put your heart in it. You’re a prime example of a dream came true, a dream of success, a dream of something that seems impossible to achieve, accomplished. Great job, Kriesi!

    I’ll write about this story our BusinessPRnews.com and share the story of your success to our members online.

  82. GranthWeb on the 13th December

    Congratulation, for the first. Good inspiration for us.
    Thank you!

  83. Japh on the 13th December

    Congratulations, Kriesi! Absolutely inspiring work, I love your themes and you’re a fantastic example for all marketplace authors.

    Good luck on your next 1,000,000! ;)

  84. Naoshad Nayeem on the 13th December

    Wow wow wow.. you should be an example! Great works man.. keep it up! :)

  85. kneekoo on the 13th December

    Congratulations to Christian and Envato for this important milestone! :) It’s quite inspiring for everyone to pursue their passion and improve their skills while making other people happy as well.

    Good luck reaching the next milestone, whichever that might be. :)

  86. Idealdesigner on the 13th December

    “No-one deserves this more than him”
    absolutely true ,
    Congratulations Kriesi,and wish you best of luck

  87. muraleekris on the 13th December

    congrats! kreisi – i am new to themeforest. surely you are acclaimed as a worlds top web designer. you will be inspirational for many like us. hardwork always pays and reaches to next level.

  88. webowner on the 13th December

    Wow ~ Awesome… Congratulations.

    I have used some of your themes and they are really great, you do ‘know what you are doing’ – and I look forward to seeing any new releases.

    Keep up the good work.. Fantastic!

    • webowner on the 13th December

      and… Well Deserved :)

  89. Willy Arkusha on the 13th December

    Congratulations Christian!
    Bravo! – CONGRATULATIONS! :)
    Good luck to You in 2012 !
    Sincerely, – Willy.

  90. George_ on the 13th December

    Congratulations! I really admire your work. I also think, this is great news for everyone. I am so happy!

  91. Johnny711 on the 13th December

    Dude I think I was the 1,000,000th purchase. I should get a prize!!!

    Great job bro- I’m a fan of your work!

  92. Rodriguez Productions on the 13th December

    Wowww!!! Congratulations! this is tooo cool!

    :D

  93. lawrence77 on the 13th December

    Congratulation Kriesi… ;)

    But i saw that green badge a week before on his profile page, but u celebrate now anyway.. thats super cool…

  94. Yongning Liang on the 13th December

    Congratulations! you’re my hero!

  95. Vijay on the 13th December

    Many many Congratulations. Really great achievement.

  96. Josh Sprague on the 13th December

    Simply amazing! I plan on telling this great story at bed time for my kids :)

  97. greedybrown on the 13th December

    You have always been my inspiration. Congrats!

  98. AceeBaBa on the 13th December

    Impressive! and inspirational Congratz. Man.

  99. Diana on the 13th December

    holy sh* congratulations! maybe in the future will be a power elite woman, since there are only male here :P

  100. Roland on the 13th December

    Congratz :D

  101. QuadCodes on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi ! SuperHero…….

  102. Misel D. on the 13th December

    Big Congrats Kriesi!

  103. Igor on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi! Wow, it is incredible what opportunities the Web and Envato offers!

  104. Aladine on the 13th December

    Good for you Kriesi. That ring is so bad-ass. Congrats. Thanks for giving us all hope and inspiring us to push push push ourselves.

  105. LivelyWorks on the 13th December

    Congratulations!! Congratulations!! Congratulations!!

    Really Inspirational!! :)

  106. silk sheets on the 13th December

    Congratulations! $1,000,000

  107. Ujamshi Khandla on the 13th December

    Congratulations, and get double in next 3yrs.

  108. rolexreplica on the 13th December

    Congrats !!!! only him can do masterpieces
    not possible find a developer like him ! All the best for Kriesi

  109. David Carrero on the 13th December

    Congratulations. GReat work.

  110. Enemy of Average on the 13th December

    Yep. Well done Kriesi!

    Awesome themes, cant wait to see you reach $2m! Good luck!!

  111. Jeff Adams on the 13th December

    Super well done mate, can’t say anything that other people haven’t already said.

    True inspiration. Well done.

  112. Nilesh Shiragave on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi. You have always been my inspiration. Congrats!

  113. Daniel on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi

  114. vamapaull on the 13th December

    Wow!! That’s amazing!
    Congratulations!

  115. Christina on the 13th December

    Congrats, Kriesi! Absolutely well desereved!

    I’ve purchased from you nearly all your themes – and I love all of them!

    I love your clean and modern designs, the features of them, always up-to-date – and your forum, that you accompany all buyers concerning all questions around your themes!

    Thanks a lot, Kriesi!

    Glückwunsch, Christian, hast es dir mehr als verdient!
    Deine Themes sind einfach nicht zu toppen – das klare, moderne Design, immer up-to-date in ihren Features – und natürlich das Forum, wo jeder, der Fragen zu den Themes hat, immer schnellstmöglichst Antwort bekommt.

    Danke!

  116. MeccDesign on the 13th December

    GREAT DUDE!
    Good luck for the future_

  117. Ashley on the 13th December

    congrats kriesi! you awesome!

  118. derry birkett on the 13th December

    Well done Kriesi! You are an inspiration.. Keep up the good work! You’ve inspired me to start theming myself – it makes so much sense – and no clients telling us to “make the logo bigger” – beautiful! It’s a winner all round.

  119. Cgpation on the 13th December

    Congratulation buddy, u deserve it :) we’ll be the next.. I hope so

  120. Jonathan on the 13th December

    Congrats man! you deserve it, keep doing great projects.

  121. Marco Desiato on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi!

  122. 1000mest on the 13th December

    It abruptly the guy! I wish to reach 2 million! I congratulate!

  123. David Appleyard on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi — It’s an amazing milestone!

  124. Hadi Tavakoli on the 13th December

    very cool. congrats man :)

  125. redWORX :: Creative Media on the 13th December

    Gratulation Kriesi! Schöne Grüsse aus Österreich!

  126. OFFI on the 13th December

    What a moment!
    One wonders what has more value. A poker bracelet or ring of Power Elite? Congratulations and keep it up! ROCKSTAR

  127. Adiey on the 13th December

    You are GREAT man….well done!

  128. Philo Hermans on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi! :)

  129. Abhishek on the 13th December

    Excellent work friend . . . congrats

  130. ClementN on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi!

    That’s great achievement!!

  131. Ibrahim on the 13th December

    Congrats!! Lovely..!

  132. William on the 13th December

    Congratz’ !

    Great Theme, Great design : You’re doing it right ^^

  133. Altaf on the 13th December

    congrats buddy :)

  134. Samo Drole on the 13th December

    Conratz!!

  135. Roberto Jorge on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi !!! :) Great work you have developed… Truly an inspiration to all marketplace authors.

  136. John on the 13th December

    Jesus Christ! :D

    Gratuliere Kriesi!

  137. Lisa Cole on the 13th December

    That’s amazing! Congratulations : )

  138. karl on the 13th December

    WOW! This is very inspiring! Congratulations!

  139. e8j1osla on the 13th December

    i want to surpass this guy, some day for sure hahaha

  140. Mariusz Zawistowicz on the 13th December

    Impressive! Great achievement.
    Congratulation, Kriesi!

  141. Guntram Bechtold on the 13th December

    Gratulation! Ein erfolgreiches Startup aus Europa!

  142. vivid on the 13th December

    Congratulations :)

  143. Alex on the 13th December

    Congratulations!!! You are the Man :D

  144. Umar on the 13th December

    Kreisi the “HERO”

  145. Andreas Wilmer on the 13th December

    Congratulations dude.
    Nice to see that good work will rewarded.

  146. Naresh Chennuri on the 13th December

    Very Much Inspired….. :)

    Proud to Congratulate you…

  147. Joe Jenkins (WP3) on the 13th December

    All I can say is congratulations but, probably more important to you, is that you have inspired me to take that next step and improve on my WordPress theme skills and get some onto the Marketplace.

  148. Sticker on the 13th December

    Hearty Congratulations mate!

  149. graphicjungle on the 13th December

    Kriesi, absolutely brilliant, loved your work… we stand really motivated with the remarkable achievement..
    all the very best for you future milestone… :)

  150. Registereds on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi! :-)

  151. siracel on the 13th December

    That’s amazing really! Congratulations Kriesi!

  152. Ravi Allam on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi !
    You’ve been an inspiration to so many of members, and to us personally! :)

  153. kurniawan on the 13th December

    awesome….
    congratulations!

  154. Chris Omlor on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi, always a huge fan of your themes. Look forward to what you create next year.

  155. Rian Ariona on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi!! you are the man!!

  156. webcadre on the 13th December

    well deserved !!

    keep it up master !

  157. g3niuz on the 13th December

    BÄÄÄÄM…
    congrats Kriesi…

    now the next million ;D

  158. Marcin (JoeBlack1978) on the 13th December

    As a big fan of your worx – CONGRATULATIONS!

  159. eisy on the 13th December

    Congrats man!!! :-)

  160. Yoyo on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi i’m fan of your work.

  161. Leodor on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi! :)

  162. ygroup on the 13th December

    congrats

  163. Christopher on the 13th December

    You did it dude ! This is a really inspiration !

  164. Kip on the 13th December

    Dude, a massive well done, this is an awesome milestone, I know I have bought your themes and will continue to. It has to be worth it just for the ring! Kudos man, kudos!

  165. Max-Fax on the 13th December

    Congratulations man! keep it up

  166. Frank on the 13th December

    Nice inspiration, keep up the good work man!

  167. NikiN on the 13th December

    Congratulations :)

  168. Alain Corulla on the 13th December

    Congratulations from Menorca.

    Thanks, Thanks!!

  169. Kevin Py on the 13th December

    Congratulations for you works.

  170. Jarrier Modrow on the 13th December

    Congratulations!

  171. Amardeep on the 13th December

    Congratulationsssssss!!! Wish you more success!

  172. artnook on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi ;)

  173. Daniel on the 13th December

    Super gemacht Kriesi, auch unser Theme baut auf deinem Newscast Theme auf!

    Mach weiter so…

  174. jiawei on the 13th December

    Great and Congrats!

    I’ve done credits for this $1M :)

  175. EvGreen on the 13th December

    Hehe well deserved man, much love. Btw the ring is pretty awesome :)

  176. Hendriono on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi

  177. Joseph Jones Agunbiade on the 13th December

    Congratulations man!

  178. Amanda on the 13th December

    Christian, you are such an inspiration to all of us! God Bless.

  179. BillionaireBay on the 13th December

    I’m glad to be part of this success for being a fan who bought constantly your artwork :p
    Go on! & again, thanks for your art & all your releases.
    You deserve the best & same to Envato team, who made it all of this can be.

  180. Thowzif on the 13th December

    Thanks for the great inspiration. Truly you are a legend.

  181. Olga on the 13th December

    Congratulations

  182. David (Eugo) on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi, a huge achievement. =)

  183. Adrian on the 13th December

    Congratulation! good job :)

  184. Carsten on the 13th December

    congrats, what a nice winner story!

  185. MartijndeBont on the 13th December

    Awesome, congrats!! Nice interview :-)

  186. Tom Phillips on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi! Such inspiration.

  187. behnam on the 13th December

    Congratulations

  188. Bradley on the 13th December

    Amazing work Kriesi, congratulations!

  189. Ahmed (premitheme) on the 13th December

    Congrats man! this is awesome :)

  190. Lucas on the 13th December

    Congratulations!

  191. Dave on the 13th December

    Congratulations. After reading your interview it comes as no surprise as to why you succeeded. I hope your story server as an inspiration to many other talented artists here who follow in your footsteps. Good on you!

  192. Dave on the 13th December

    Congratulations. After reading your interview it comes as no surprise as to why you succeeded. I hope your story serves as an inspiration to many other talented artists here who follow in your footsteps. Good on you!

  193. Jan on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi!

  194. gorbio on the 13th December

    Congrats!

  195. Paulo Galvao on the 13th December

    Congratulations!!!! Keep it up!!!

  196. Ryan J. Peterson on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi and Envato for this momentous achievement!

  197. JimPatrick on the 13th December

    Well done buddy I adimre your work and you deserve this very much. Xmas came early for you hahahaha.

    Blessings.

  198. Daniel on the 13th December

    Congratulations!

  199. Bowe Frankema on the 13th December

    Congratz Kriesli! The first theme I bought for a client was from you.. It’s still running today, and the design still holds up fine. Your designs and customer support have greatly inspired to pursue a career in freelance Webdesign and that in turn has changed my life for the good. Thank you!

  200. Chris on the 13th December

    Hey!

    Congratulations big man! You deserve the success, well done.

    Big Bambi x

  201. marc on the 13th December

    Wann immer ich will so sein wie du.. lol

    Congrats.

  202. Man and Van on the 13th December

    gr8 work. I have bought many themes from themforest and realy admire hard work that people do here.

    Without any hardcore knowledge of web designing , i found all your work easy to use and help was also gr8.

  203. Ginva on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi! What an inspiring interview!

  204. Dave - TwoBrains on the 13th December

    Herzlichen Glueckwunsch Kriesi!

    Du hast ganze Arbeit geleistet und bist wirklich ein Vorbild fuer uns alle – Vor Allem weil du allen Kraft und Mut gibts ihrer Kreativitaet freien Lauf zu lassen und der Welt zu zeigen was in Einem steckt!

    Weiterhin alles alles Gute und mach weiter so! ;)

    Dave

  205. Monika on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi! What a great milestone! Keep it up. :)

  206. T.C. Parker on the 13th December

    Congratulations. What an accomplishment!

  207. Erik Bangert on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi, no wonder that you came this far. Using one of your themes for quite some time now, excellent!!

  208. Aminul Islam on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi – what a nice winner story!

  209. Yavuz Aslan on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi! Keep UP!

  210. cyberhrc on the 13th December

    well deserved

  211. Chris Campbell on the 13th December

    That is awesome! Keep up the good work.

  212. sen7 on the 13th December

    congrats, Kriesi!

  213. PHPEXE on the 13th December

    Inspiring work dude thanks :)

  214. James on the 13th December

    Congratulations!

  215. Miguel Patricio on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriese, continues the excellent work that we are here to buy them and sort. We are always following him. Cheers!

  216. kostas on the 13th December

    Awesome!

  217. Muzikizum on the 13th December

    Congrats! Kries° Keep it up!!!

  218. Bill on the 13th December

    Uh, a million what!? U gotta be freakin’ kiddin’ me ;) lol – nice work – K!

  219. Jeremy B. on the 13th December

    amazing!

  220. Steve Mindsix on the 13th December

    Congrats Kriesi! Really great achievement.

  221. TASSAWII on the 13th December

    Congrats man ;)

  222. Luiz Diego (Brazil) on the 13th December

    Congratulations!!! God bless you

  223. SteHan on the 13th December

    Damn Dude. Congratulations. You made it. Keep up the awesomeness! ;-)

  224. Ian Douglas on the 13th December

    A fabulous achievement, and an inspiration to all of us! Well done indeed, and good luck in the future

  225. cmarinos on the 13th December

    Awesome Dude. Great example for the rest of us.

  226. MusicToSuit on the 13th December

    WOW ….. this is really amazing , congratulations man !

  227. cj on the 13th December

    inspiring stuff dude! congrats!

  228. Nguyen Duc on the 13th December

    Hi,Congratulations. You are my idol.

  229. Diego Darlan on the 13th December

    Congratulations!

  230. Terrence Campbell on the 13th December

    You are my inspiration. Most congrats and I hope to one day do as much as you do now. :D

  231. Alex on the 13th December

    Congratulations!

  232. smail on the 13th December

    Congrat ! Very happy for you success !

  233. Divena on the 13th December

    Hi Kriesi – Gratuliere zu Deinem Erfolg! Das macht auf jeden Fall Mut für uns anderen, die noch einen (sehr) weiten Weg bis dahin vor uns haben…!

    Grüsse vom Sommer Perus in den Schnee Österreichs…

  234. Wilson C. Savegnago on the 13th December

    Parabéns…

    Falo por todos os brasileiros que compraram seus produtos!

    abç

    Wilson Cesar Savegnago
    ZettaBrasil

  235. fayway on the 13th December

    THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!

  236. SiGa on the 13th December

    Herzliche Gratulation aus dem Ländle – da könnte man ja fast Nationalstolz entwickeln! ;-)

  237. ryan on the 13th December

    Keep up the great work! Congrats!

  238. Paulo on the 13th December

    Man, CONGRATULATIONS!

    I don´t know you but I´m happy for you.

    I know it didn´t come easy and you paid the price.

    Look forward to hear of your future successes.

    Keep the good work. .)

  239. Rupam on the 13th December

    Congrats :)

  240. David Decker on the 13th December

    Servus from Germany, Kriesi!
    Congrats to this milestone – enjoy it! Keep up your awesome work!
    -Dave :)

  241. bluenila on the 13th December

    Congrats Dude, You are my inspiration….

    Keep up the good work..

  242. Greg on the 13th December

    Congrats! Keep up the amazing work!

  243. Michaela Conley on the 13th December

    Wow, congratulations… and you can really, honestly say… thanks a million! that’s awesome!!!

  244. Pat on the 13th December

    Congrats! A true inspiration.

  245. kingobee on the 13th December

    Bro… congrats!!

  246. Joel Turner on the 13th December

    Nice work! Keep up the awesome themes!

  247. Teba on the 13th December

    Woow , Fantastic!!

  248. Razvan John on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi

  249. Jessica Lee on the 13th December

    Congrats, Kriesi! I’ve been a customer at ThemeForest for almost 2 years now and your WordPress themes and great customer service have always impressed me.

  250. Npeterczar on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi! Thanks for your work! You always do your best.

  251. Holly W on the 13th December

    thanks for your inspiration. i have a couple of your templates and it makes me (who doesnt know a whole lot) look great! thanks for your hard work. i like your templates alot

  252. Scott on the 13th December

    Super Freakin Cool! Congrats, keep up the amazing work!

  253. Melvin "Vince" Goodrum on the 13th December

    He’s the man, when it comes to themes, he’s the first person I go to. He does great work and his themes don’t look like crap and I’ll definitely be ordering from him again for future projects.

  254. loswl on the 13th December

    Congratulations on this milestone!! You do good work!! :)

  255. JASKNi on the 13th December

    you r really awesome! man!!

  256. Bauty on the 13th December

    Todo Bien, te Felicito un Monton, pero la cara de gil no te la quita nadie …. Abrazooooo.

  257. Frank on the 13th December

    Great work! what a milestone..

  258. mohammed6651 on the 13th December

    congrats man :)

  259. Skeptical on the 13th December

    I don’t believe this. They are claiming $1million dollars made not 1million items sold. If you look at his item numbers (amount sold and price of each item), it doesn’t add up. Whatever.

    • Sam Swenson on the 13th December

      The title says “First Author to Sell,” not make.

  260. Stefan Gustafsson on the 13th December

    Congrats man, totally unreal amount of sales! :)

  261. Steve on the 13th December

    You are inspiration at it’s finest. CONGRATS!

  262. Brian Weck on the 13th December

    Awesome work, have used a few of your themes myself!

  263. SMerryweather on the 13th December

    Nice to see an inspirational article about success.

  264. Matija on the 13th December

    That’s so cool! Congrats!

  265. Paulo Coghi on the 13th December

    Congratulations!!! See you there!

  266. Matt on the 13th December

    Congrats to you! Nothing better than working for yourself.

  267. Jesus on the 13th December

    Simply amazing!

    Congratulations and keep doing your great job!

  268. Ranui Samuels on the 13th December

    Huge congrats bro!

    One of the good guys wins – keep it up, and thanks for the inspiration.

  269. DDGConsultant on the 13th December

    Congrats on the milestone… Your templates are impressive. Keep up the great work and designs.

  270. Kyle on the 13th December

    Keep up the great work!

  271. assadotcom on the 13th December

    Congratulations!!! You Rock Kriesi ^_^

  272. dreammaker on the 13th December

    #1
    Hurray!
    Really Cool!
    You Did It!
    Great Work!
    Congratulations! So happy to hear your news!

  273. Andy on the 13th December

    Congratulations!

  274. Farrah Albertie on the 13th December

    Congrats!

  275. Dem on the 13th December

    I am proud of you. And more proud is that i’ve been one of your buyers!!!! heheh!

    Nice!

    Cheers from Argentina.

    Dem

  276. LuckyStuff on the 13th December

    You’re such an inspiration to me. Thank You.

  277. g.roos on the 13th December

    Excellent work friend . . . congrats

  278. snip on the 13th December

    Congratulations Kriesi !!!!!!!

  279. Robert on the 13th December

    I wonder if Kriesi have any other sources of revenue other than themes. (i.e. web apps, wordpress plugins, ebooks, etc.)

    • Steve on the 14th December

      I think he has a website called “givester”… But don’t know about that much…

  280. ThemeCatcher on the 13th December

    Well done, We’ve been following you since 2008 and I could see the fine tuning that went into your themes from then until now. Great work and inspirational work too!

    When will you change your profile thumbnail? lol :)

    ThemeCatcher.net

  281. Tohid Golkar on the 13th December

    Bravo Man! Congratulation.

  282. Sean Wichert Sr. on the 13th December

    Congratulations brother. Thanks for letting me list your files on Adobe Exchange back in the day.

    Sean Sr.

  283. Carlor on the 13th December

    Congratulations.
    In order to maintain your sales trend, you should improved the backend options. The style is perfect. :)

  284. NBDanTE on the 13th December

    congratulation, keep it up man

  285. PJ Brunet on the 13th December

    Nice post. I’m following you on Twitter now ;-)

  286. Jan on the 13th December

    Love your work and keep enjoying what you are creating.

  287. Matias on the 13th December

    Congrats!!!!

    This interview is really inspirational.

    (silently kicks himself in his lazy butt for meaning to design and upload to themeforest and not doing it since 2008)

    :)

  288. Frank on the 13th December

    Sehr cool, weiter so!!!! ;-)

    Viele Grüße aus Deutschland!

  289. @VictorLourng on the 13th December

    Job well done! :)

  290. Zulhilmi Zainudin on the 13th December

    Good job dude!

  291. AuraRinoa on the 13th December

    Kriesiiiii the Best ever!!!!! :D
    And he’s good-looking too 8)))

  292. Aenea on the 14th December

    Your are the best!!!

    ¡¡ FELICIDADES !!

  293. Eli Isakov on the 14th December

    Well first of all congratulations. My college professor is telling me the same thing he told you…but its Designers like you that motivate me :) you’re showing that you can still make money and do the job you love :)

  294. Nyto on the 14th December

    Super boulot, Je t’adresse mes meilleurs congratulations venant d’un client Français de St-Barthélemy ;)

  295. Adeniyi Moses Adetola on the 14th December

    Congrats, I’m inspired by your hard work. God bless you richly.

  296. Yoel Gonzalez on the 14th December

    Awesome job Kriesi Keep doing what you love! :)

  297. Yoel Gonzalez on the 14th December

    Awesome Job Kriesi….. Keep doing what you Love :)

  298. Jordan McNamara on the 14th December

    Congrats Kriesi! You already know how I feel about your accomplishments :P

    Jordan

  299. Jonathan Frakes on the 14th December

    Wow, great illustration!

  300. carmenangerer on the 14th December

    Love the photo of you with the Power Elite Ring. Very badass!

  301. Lauren on the 14th December

    Congratulations Kriesi. I admire your hard work and persistence. You’re a model for every freelancer out there.

  302. Kate Mag on the 14th December

    Congrats, Kriesi. You deserve that ring! looked good on you :)
    Can’t wait to see themes from you in 2012

  303. Tobias on the 14th December

    Congrats!
    Great Work :o)

  304. Manish Chiniwalar on the 14th December

    Wow! Great going. Wish you more success next near. :)

  305. curtisaallen on the 14th December

    Congratulations Kriesi !

  306. Tiago on the 15th December

    Congrats! You’re the man!

  307. Jay on the 15th December

    MAD respect for this designer. Congratulations on your huge accomplishment!

  308. Chris Quinn on the 15th December

    Seriously, nice job! That is awesome being able to work on your own. I certainly love Themeforest.net and the whole Envato family. Thanks everyone!

  309. Lyman Lai on the 15th December

    Learn a lot from Kriesi! Thanks!

  310. Rob on the 17th December

    Congrats! Keep up the good job!

  311. Arif on the 28th December

    Many Many congratulations!

  312. Willy on the 29th December

    Good luck in the New Year!

  313. Springfield Web Design on the 29th December

    Kriesi is a big inspiration to my web design, I am working on designs for clients and personal sites, trying to perfect my craft. One day I would like to create templates and sell them on envato. It’s guys like this who give guys like me much inspiration and hope.

    Congratulations :)

  314. AndyR on the 15th January

    Congratulations Kriesi ! This in three years, where next? Enjoy it, you deserve it man.

  315. Hareen on the 15th January

    Congratulations Kriesi….! I think you are the great role model… for all of us (Designers / Programmers).

  316. skimbo on the 21st January

    wow that is awesome, congrats to everyone, envato for being perceptive enough to realize the potential of creating a new virtual economy, the opportunities this presents, an alternative to the 9-5 for those in the developed world and a serious lifeline for those in under developed nations, encouraging the rise of the self employed entrepreneurs the world over.

    And congrats to Kriesi for being such an integral part of each of your successes.

    Might have to start submitting some files instead of just buying them ! :)

    p.s
    under
    “How does it feel to have sold over $1,000,000 of items?”
    i think there is typo?

    You guys at Envato get your well deserved junk for marketing and for the great infrastructure you provide,

    should be

    You guys at Envato get your well deserved chunk for marketing and for the great infrastructure you provide,

    A well deserved chunk it is!

  317. Tinh on the 8th February

    I can just say WOW! Congrats and your face looks very much like Mark Mullenweg – the founder of WP :-)

  318. Humberto J on the 10th February

    Congratulations.

    saludos desde Guadalajara, Mx

  319. Anli on the 16th February

    Congratulations Kriesi! You’re an inspiration. Good luck!

  320. Neil on the 21st February

    This time next year I hope to have done a quarter of that! :)

    Fair play, well done!

  321. Wil Webs on the 4th April

    Now that Peerapong is the second author to become a Power Elite Ring bearer, I just had to know who was first! Congratulations, Kriesi. Keep those great themes coming!

  322. Petr on the 4th April

    Congratulations Kriesi ! Your success is well deserved! :-)

  323. Big Brother on the 4th April

    Great Job & Congratulations! Kriesi
    You truly are an inspiration!….

  324. Sony on the 7th April

    Kriesi you are look very smart…

  325. Chetena on the 20th April

    Congrats!

    I am a newbie here and I think I am joining this market place very late.
    But better late than never!

    Guys like you are inspiration to many.

  326. Radio Base on the 29th April

    Congratulations!

  327. nayel on the 31st December

    Congratulations!

  328. Agung Wiseso on the 8th February

    Congratulations Kriesi. You are the best Author on Evanto network.. ;-)

  329. Gagandeep Singh on the 8th March

    Amazing work… Congratulations….

  330. Muhammad Hammad on the 18th March

    Congrates Man, You are an inspiratiion for all envato members.

  331. Ander on the 18th June

    Great, you’re my inspiration, I’ll start my work soon :)

  332. Abel Ligas on the 9th December

    Congratulations!
    I hope I can do something as you :)

  333. Pardeep Kumar on the 24th February

    Congratulation! My Friend But I Will Beat You Yo Yo Pk LE LE.

  334. Steve on the 21st April

    Well done Kriesi and well done envato

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