Michelle Ames

Welcome to WPCoffeeTalk, where we talk to all kinds of people in the WordPress community!

One of the best ways to get to know someone is to sit down over coffee and “shoot the breeze.” Here at WPCoffeeTalk, we do just that.

All Episodes

Jill Binder is fiercely invested in diversity and inclusion in tech, but particularly with WordPress. Chatting with her about her passion in this area was a real treat for me, and really informative for all of us.

Nov 16

35 min 14 sec

Chris Lema is a mentor, sure, but he's more than that. He's a cheerleader for each of us in WordPress offering advice and more through his blog, talks, and Twitter - all while being the VP of Product at Nexcess/Liquid Web.

Jul 28

53 min 22 sec

WordFest is a global celebration of WordPress, and an extension of Big Orange Heart. In this episode we break from our usual format to talk to the organizing team, learn about how WordFest came about, and what's in store for the next event!

Jun 14

30 min 20 sec

Robert Jacobi is one of those people who loves the community, helps wherever he can, and does it all with a smile and a great sense of humor!

Jun 4

1 hr 1 min

Lesley Sim is the brilliant and delightful developer behind Newsletter Glue. Getting to know her on this episode was so much fun!

May 4

33 min 37 sec

Prem Tiwari is all in when it comes to helping the WordPress community! Not only does he work as a software engineer, but he also contributes across several WordPress teams, as well as in his local meetup and WordCamps. Enjoy this interview!

May 3

31 min 51 sec

Wunderkind doesn't even begin to touch the talent that exists in Adrian Tobey. CEO of Groundhogg doing what he loves at a young age, and contributing to the WordPress community all at the same time.

Apr 23

55 min 18 sec

Bet Hannon inspires me. The work that she does for her agency's clientele is top-notch, and her participation and willingness to give back to the community in many ways is admirable. And she's super talented at what she does!

Apr 15

53 min 25 sec

Allie Dye is a dynamic, breath of fresh air in the WordPress space. A real go-getter who doesn't let chronic illness hold her back, I'm in awe of how much she accomplishes.

Apr 12

37 min 42 sec

Drew Griswold specializes in marketing and advertising. I'm fortunate to work with him at GiveWP, and enjoy both his expertise and his awesome sense of humor.

Apr 8

40 min 6 sec

Jeroen Rotty is all in for WordPress, from organizing meetups, contributing to the open source project, freelancing, and working support for Yoast. Get to know him here!

Apr 7

31 min 16 sec

Tom Fanelli is a visionary when it comes to WordPress hosting. He's also fun to talk to, and a great community contributor!

Mar 30

52 min 53 sec

Meg Phillips is a brilliant problem solver, and I love that she uses WordPress to solve so many problems. From creating a charter boat booking plugin to helping school teachers with online management, Meg's goals are always helping others.

Mar 29

1 hr

Sabrina Zeidan is a ray of sunshine! And she's relentless about site speed. And helping others have faster sites, too.

Mar 25

51 min 30 sec

Joe Simpson has an amazing WordPress story. How he discovered the community - and how his near-death experience formed all of his future involvements is a testimony to both the WordPress community and Joe's dedication to giving back to it. I always count myself fortunate when our paths cross.

Mar 22

58 min 32 sec

Megan Rose exemplifies what it is to be a community-minded WordPresser. She's been an organizer for WordCamp Kent, WordCamp Northeast Ohio, WordCamp US, and Big Orange Heart's WordFest. Her helpfulness extends to all she meets, and her cheerfulness is contagious.

Mar 19

55 min 35 sec

If you've thought about creating online courses, chances are you've come across Chris Badgett. Passionate about education and learning, Chris is the CEO and co-founder of LifterLMS, a learning management system that works really well on WordPress. In this episode we talk about WordPress, online learning, and much more.

Mar 17

41 min 14 sec

Zack Katz is the CEO at GravityView, a plugin that makes displaying the information collected from your Gravity Forms displayable (and searchable) on your website. If that wasn't enough to make you like him, he also collects gifs and videos to make a bad day better, shares music to make you happy, and always finds a way to make others smile.

Mar 16

48 min 17 sec

The first time I met Andrea was at WCUS 2016 to talk about making the Rochester meetup "official." I mentioned doing a WordCamp "someday." She said, "why not this year?" And the rest is history. So happy to have her as a colleague and friend.

Mar 15

51 min 2 sec

You know that Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of WordPress, and the Founder and CEO at Automattic (and partial to jazz and barbecue), but did you know he plays several instruments, credits his music teachers for much of his success, and geeks out over setting up home networks? He's also a genuine, gracious, and a tea drinker. Learn more about the man at the top of the WordPress community, and how much he's looking forward to what comes next for WordPress.

Mar 12

1 hr 1 min

Malcolm Peralty is the Co-Founder of PressTitan, a Managed WordPress Hosting/Maintenance company and founder of Capeless Heroes, a site dedicated to sharing the stories of people doing good. We think he's doing a lot of good, too, and we're happy to have interviewed him for WPCoffeeTalk!

Mar 12

37 min 22 sec

Some people really are rare finds, and priceless in who they are - in other words, unicorns. Such is Rachel Di Martino. So fun. So creative. So down-to-earth. Meeting her for this interview made my face hurt from smiling so much.

Mar 12

39 min 56 sec

Sometimes you meet a person and your paths begin to cross again and again. Such it is with me and Thomas. I've repped Weglot, done webinars together, and crossed paths digitally many times, and still never stood in the same room. He's delightful to talk to, and his love for his cat and his community shines through it all.

Mar 9

35 min 15 sec

On Ajit Bohra's WordPress profile he wrote “I didn’t choose the WordPress, the WordPress chose me.” Well I'm glad it did! He's a strong supporter of the WordPress community globally, and in India specifically, and a really great guy all around. It was a pleasure to interview him for WPCoffeeTalk.

Mar 9

32 min 14 sec

David Johnson combines wit with know-how, and turns it into gold. Kind of a modern-day alchemist, his brand of business and personality shows how much having solid business acumen and a good sense of humor can do for you.

Mar 4

52 min 28 sec

I've had the pleasure of knowing Amanda Gorman since she was a teenager. She's always been empathetic, capable, and caring, and watching her grow in knowledge and leadership is a true honor. Can't wait to see where her career takes her!

Mar 1

42 min 24 sec

I first met Nick when he tried to start a new meetup in the area. I reached out and invited him to the one we already had, and the rest is history! From there he has become a close friend, amazing colleague, and huge supporter of all things WordPress.

Feb 23

56 min 19 sec

The first time I met Topher DeRosia was watching his talk at WCUS 2016. I was in awe of the ability of WordPress to connect so many people worldwide, and Topher's ability to use WordPress to tell their stories. HeroPress has helped inform how WPCoffeeTalk works. It's my pleasure to tell Topher's story here!

Feb 22

1 hr 4 min

Brad Morrison is one of the kindest, funniest, and most unassuming people to ever build a WordPress empire. And I think it's because he builds community and helps the community all while working hard for GoWP's customers.

Feb 16

56 min 13 sec

Birgit Pauli-Haack is the driving force behind Gutenberg Times, and is a timeless supporter of all things WordPress - from WordCamps to the open source project. Oh, and she's a respected and successful agency owner, too!

Feb 15

54 min 57 sec

Greg Taylor is the Content Strategist/WordPress Developer and Co-founder at Trinity Web Media, and a coffee roaster, too! (His coffee is AMAZING!) This multi-talented WordPresser was a blast to talk to! And he's offering you 15% off when you order coffee online! Use discount code 'wpcoffeetalk' at americanbeancoffee.com.

Dec 2020

51 min 56 sec

Caylin is a multi-talented marketer and artist with a heart of gold and an amazing sense of humor. Her work at GoWP puts her in touch with a lot of the WordPress community, and she shines!

Sep 2020

52 min 6 sec

Donata and Hans are the Dynamic Duo of WordPress! Their company, Termageddon, powers the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies of countless websites. Always on the cutting edge of legislation, they've got you covered. Talking to them was so much fun!

Sep 2020

48 min 48 sec

If there was a dictionary entry for "WordPress Community Builder" you'd see Mizanur's photo there. Always looking for ways to help, ready with a smile, and he leaves you feeling better about your day after you talk to him. I hope you enjoy our interview as much as I did!

Sep 2020

35 min 22 sec

Although I'm old enough to be her mother, Christie is who I want to be when I grow up. She's smart. She's strategic. She's fun. She's also not afraid to speak her voice, stand up for others, and use her influence for good. Add to that her WordPress expertise, and I don't think there's anything that could stand in her way.

Jun 2020

1 hr

Tim Toomey is the quintessential agency owner - works with great devs, develops great plugins and themes, is wonderful to his clients, and still finds ways to give back to the WordPress community.

Jun 2020

55 min 49 sec

A self-proclaimed "shouty lady," Francesca Marano is all about getting the work done in WordPress. Both in her work at SiteGround, and all the volunteer hours she logs in the community, she's all heart, multi-talented, and well-respected. When you think of "WordPress Community," Francesca comes to mind.

Jun 2020

54 min 56 sec

Not only does Ben Pines know all about page builders and how they can  enhance your WordPress sites, but he's a super nice guy who does a spot  on Matt Mullenweg impression. (Hint: he does it for us on this episode!)

Jun 2020

42 min 17 sec

She's an influential and powerful woman in WordPress, and also one of the kindest, warmest, and friendliest people you'll meet. She's not afraid to make bold decisions. And she's not afraid to keep it real. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed the time together.

Jun 2020

58 min 10 sec

Amy Hall is an email marketing wiz. Honestly, she knows more about harnessing the power of MailChimp than I could hope to learn. And she shares that knowledge with others while doing amazing things for her clients email marketing at the same time.

May 2020

47 min 48 sec

If anyone understands how to create value, it's Jan Koch. A digital mastermind, Jan creates community and content by leveraging both his technical know how, and the wisdom and knowledge of those in the community to create online events worth attending.

May 2020

54 min 13 sec

Kathy Zant is a WordPress treasure! Full of compassion, creativity, knowledge, and love for the WordPress community, Kathy is one of those people that you are so happy to call friend. Here we talked about WordFence, WordPress, and the film, Open, her passion project and a give to WordPress.

Apr 2020

51 min 34 sec

I first met Rene Morozowich at WordCamp Kent, and quickly discovered what a genuis she is at teaching web designers and developers how to manage their business (and personal) finances. She's a pretty badass WordPress developer, too!

Apr 2020

44 min 44 sec

David Martin has been using technology since he was a child learning to code on an Apple III. He's used that passion for technology to create his web design business. And he's a pretty rad saxophonist, too!

Apr 2020

52 min 45 sec

Wolf Bishop is the founder of WP Top Hat, managed WordPress hosting. He's a big fan of all things WordPress, and a great supporter of the WordPress Community. Say hello to Wolf!

Apr 2020

44 min 36 sec

Vito Peleg is a WordPress titan. He has a true talent for envisioning the goal and creating the right team to make it happen. WP Feedback is a prime example!

Apr 2020

39 min 39 sec

Nate Maingard is an amazing singer, story-teller, and one of the most kind-hearted people I've met. He uses WordPress for his music and for supporting his musical endeavors by accepting sponsorships online. After you listen to this episode, give his music a listen, too!

Apr 2020

57 min 15 sec

Joe Casabona is a podcasting guru! It would have been intimidating if he wasn't such a nice guy, willing to share info, and so easy to talk to. His courses on small business growth and his posts on podcasting help people all over do a better job at managing their businesses.

Mar 2020

54 min 52 sec

Sean McKay is a hometown WordPress hero for me. Also based in Rochester, New York, Sean teaches others how to use Google's tools to increase SEO on their sites, in addition to running his own agency.

Mar 2020

41 min 56 sec

Otherwise known as the "Bootleg Chris Pratt," Alex Vasquez is just as entertaining, and a blast to have on WPCoffeeTalk. Keep an eye on him for great things to come...like WordPress Crowdfunding!

Mar 2020

59 min 33 sec