Japh Happy Goodbye Kiss

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.

“The 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

37 Comments

  1. 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!

    1. Thank you, Dee! Always awesome working with you :)

  2. Naww, I’m gonna miss you buddy! Congrats, I hope your new gig is super satisfying. Come visit all the time please!

    1. Likewise! And I’ll definitely visit :)

  3. 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 :).

      1. Oh man. This. All day long. All week long. Until the end of time.

  4. 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!

    Jonathan

    1. Thanks, Jonathan! I’m sure you’ll still see me around the forums now and then :)

  5. 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.).

    1. Hahaha! Thanks, Matt :) I feel a little like I’m joining The Avengers or something…

      1. Uh, not WP Avengers mind you :-)

        1. Oh wow… yeah, definitely not!

  6. Frankie Jarrett March 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I can’t wait to jam with you on Stream! /five!

    1. Likewise, Frankie!! :D /five

  7. 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.

    1. Thanks, mate! Yeah, amazingly useful plugin. Everyone should make it part of their default plugin bundle :)

  8. 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!

    1. 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 :)

  9. Japh, congratulations, thank you for all the hardwork and support. I am excited to see what you build next. :D

    1. Thank you, Muhammad! I’m excited to see what you build next too, actually! :)

      1. Soon, I can’t wait to work on something fresh. ;)

  10. 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!

    1. Thanks, Anthony! Looking forward to hanging out again next time I’m in Melbourne :)

  11. Hi Japh

    Good luck with the new gig, we all are going to miss you man.

    1. Thanks, Saijo! I’m definitely going to miss all of you as well!!

  12. Here’s to the next chapter!

    1. Right! It’s very exciting :D

  13. Best of luck at X-team, hope you rock it in the new gig. Congrats!

    1. Thank you very much! :)

  14. Best of Luck @Japh

  15. Congrats Japh and thanks for all your help while you were at Envato.

    1. Thanks, Troy! Glad to have been able to help :)

  16. Congrats man! I am sure it was a great ride. Here’s to the future!

    1. Thanks, Justin! It was a great ride :)

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