Screw those guys. They suck. Big middle finger from right outside the fences of Syed Balkhi’s multi-million dollar estate.
They’re the WordPress equivalent of Google. A giant conglomerate gobbling up any and all competition and innovation in the market space. I can’t remember a time I didn’t cringe when hearing about a beloved company selling out to Awesome Motive.
While they do serve many (happy) paying users…I don’t think they’re good for the industry. At least not in spirit.
What’s the crime here?
The spirit of open-source is innovation and problem-solving.
2 principles I feel AM couldn’t be any further from. As much involved as AM is in the open-source WordPress space, I feel they couldn’t possibly be any further from these core principles.
They aren’t innovating shit.
That’s something more commonly done by lone programmers or business owners with a unique problem they have to solve on their own…for their OWN needs. AM isn’t a lone programmer or business owner, they’re just a copycat business ripping off competitor ideas or buying out companies outright. (A more successful version of WPMU DEV, a notorious “me too” conglomerate in WordPress history.)
They aren’t solving problems.
Well…not unless you’re counting “making money” as a problem to be solved. Cuz that’s they only problem they seem to be solving to me. They acquire businesses (rather than building them these days) and then immediately go…hmmmm, how can we maximize profits here? Plain as day to see.
- The only problems AM owners/shareholders are solving are – “how to make more money?”
- The only problems AM managers/employees are solving are – “how to keep my job?”
Their business practices seem awfully predatory at worst, and annoying at best. Their products all have the same-y mediocre vibe. Giving you just enough to justify the price tag. No more, no less. With their pocket size, they can easily copy away any competitor’s innovation advantage. Then using every plugin under their umbrella to cross-sell and nag you to death. (Because profit beats user experience, right?!)
Oh, and don’t get me started on that silly WPBeginner site either (their core lead engine for plugin sales). It’s like your average magazine off the newsstand…50% ads, and 50% advertorials. So basically…100% ads and very little content. It was the pioneer annoying affiliate-marketing site of its time.
Should we burn Awesome Motive to the ground?
Of course not.
As much as many of us hate McDonald’s, Starbucks, Amazon, and other similar American capitalist-style conglomerates…there are many who like them.
By all means, if you don’t mind paying the premium pricing for that “corporate polish” and bureaucracy as opposed for actual product value….then go ahead.
In the meanwhile, I’ll keep saying what I feel. That AM lacks soul. Prioritizes profits over true product value. And any product under their umbrella becomes an investment, not an innovation.
They are after all, a company and not a person. *And they care as much about you as McDonalds does.*
- Anybody else clapping for and re-sharing Syed Balkhi’s “entrepreneur success stories”…I sincerely hope he buys out your favorite plugins and jacks up their subscription price on you.
- Personal note to Syed…because I just know somehow, all product owners end up reading everything I say about them. “No personal hate towards you, dude. I’m happy for you. That you got to achieve things you wanted in life. Also that you gave back via philanthropy. I’m just not a fan of your business. That’s all.”