An Ending and a Beginning

After almost four years in varying capacities at Envato, I’m moving on to join the good people at X-Team.

When I first joined Envato I worked on the Support Team as my family and I were travelling. It was a great job to have when on the move and wanting to also see the sights. At the time I was getting more and more active as a member of the WordPress community, and as I got to know Envato I noticed there was a large discrepancy between the company I knew and the impression the WordPress community had of them.

Envato’s passions are very much in line with my own. To educate people and enable them to support their families while having freedom of lifestyle. It’s Envato’s mission: “To Help People Learn and Earn Online.”

I’ve spent a lot of the last few years helping Envato and the WordPress community communicate with each other, and I feel like things are in a much better place than they were when I started.

β€œThe opposite of the happy ending is not actually the sad ending–the sad ending is sometimes the happy ending. The opposite of the happy ending is actually the unsatisfying ending.”
― Orson Scott Card

It’s sad to be leaving a company and people that I love, but I leave satisfied, and am very excited about what’s next…

I’m joining an incredible team of talented people and getting back to another of my passions: building things!

At the beginning of April I will join X-Team to work on Stream.

A talented team and an exciting project, what more could I ask for?

I can already tell that 2014 is going to be an incredible year!

Photo credit: Josh Janssen

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  1. Denise Teal said:

    Brilliant!! Thanks for all you’ve done with Envato and the Melbourne/AU WP communities It’s been awesome working with you on various fronts! Looking forward to working with you in new capacities in future!

  2. Tom McFarlin said:

    I’m thankful for Twitter, Skype, and email so that no matter where you go, I can fill your eyeballs with all sorts of memes.

    Oh, and for Hero Academy, of course :).

  3. twsjonathan said:

    Hey buddy – so sorry to see you go, you have been a wonderful breath of fresh air trying to get things changed and closer to WP standards and I for one will miss you greatly, but, I look forward to your new adventures!


  4. Matthew Guay said:

    Working on the Stream plugin? Super awesome.

    We’ll miss you at Envato, but know you’ll keep doing awesome stuff on the X-Team (and seriously, that’s an awesome name for a company. Jealous.).

  5. Brent said:

    Congrats on the new beginning mate and best of luck!

    Really looking forward to seeing you help Stream evolve too – a very handy plugin. I personally hope it gets installed on every WooCommerce site I support. It would save a huge amount of time diagnosing issues.

  6. Japh, I want to personally thank you for the permanent impression you’ve had on the quality and standards of the Envato marketplaces. Time after time you’ve gone out of your way to make everything better for theme authors. Not to mention you’ve personally done me countless favors within seconds of asking you from some weird country across the world.

    I’m happy to have met you through Envato and look forward to seeing what’s next for you!

    Cheers man!

    • Japh said:

      Thanks so much, Mike, that really means a lot!

      Making friends like yourself has been the highlight of the work I’ve done over the last few years :)

  7. Congrats Japh! Fantastic news! You’ll be sorely missed at Envato, I’m sure. You’ve done some amazing work there over the years, especially in regards to raising their standing in the general WordPress community. Congrats again, and enjoy the new role!