So raise your hand if you have NOT been approached by GoDaddy, Endurance, or Automattic to buy or acqui-hire your WordPress company. <Only 2 hands go up>
WordPress is hot, everyone wants in. The market is consolidating at the theme, plugin, and agency levels with recent deals involving names you recognize. WDS picks up Maintainn after Maintainn picked up WPSell, Velomedia is on a tear scooping up Pixel Jar, CrowdFavorite, and then Forty. Lift picked up ChurchThemes, Pagely took over BlogDroid, Syed and Thomas go full voltron on optinmoster and other projects, and I know I am forgetting at least 20 others.
So Shane Pearlman stopped me at #wcsf and pitched me this idea for a panel at Pn3. Who am I to deny Shane? Friday will feature an hour long conversation on WP M&A hosted by Shane Pearlman, with guests Jake Goldman, Dre Armeda, Karim Marucchi, and Syed Balkhi.