I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
Real people work here. We’re not actually robots. Nothing against robots. Robots are awesome and we’re actually in search of a robot to move periodically so the office lights stop shutting off for lack of motion. Yes, we work that hard. We NEVER GET UP.
All right, back to the humans who work at WP Site Care. This is Ryan:
Ryan is the founder of WP Site Care. I’m not trying to suck up or anything, but he’s a pretty fantastic boss man. I’ve known Ryan for the better part of six years, when we were both contributing to the same website as writers. When he started WP SiteCare, I noticed he was looking for help and very luckily shot him an email…and the rest is history! I’m beyond excited to start this new series with a fun question and answer with our fearless leader who thinks he’s the least funny person in the company.
Which is entirely untrue. He rules at #dadjokes.
It’s pretty common knowledge that Ryan’s OKAY at WordPress. That he’s passionate about the Utah Jazz and the
St. Louis LA Rams. And that he’s a dedicated family man who’s married to the amazing Jackie and together, they’ve produced some of the cutest and most hilarious offspring.
But today, we’re digging a little deeper! Let’s get started.
What knowledge/experience do you have that brought you to WPSC…or in your case, starting it?
I’ve always been an entrepreneur in one way or another. When I was young I learned how to work early, and then I applied that to pretty much everything I did. I was mowing lawns for dozens of neighbors when I was 12. I didn’t have a car obviously, so I’d wheel my lawnmower from house to house, some of them over a mile away.
After I dropped out of college, I started focusing on technical training and earned a slew of Microsoft and Cisco certifications and became a database administrator for a health care company. Secure storage, performance, and realtime access of electronic health information was a totally new concept at the time. Managing all of that and watching the systems work together was a great career, and gave me a great background for what I do now.
That entrepreneurial itch came back in my late twenties and three years ago I was able to start WP Site Care.
2.5 years ago I left a corporate job to start working on something I really enjoyed, and a place where I saw a lot of opportunity. I was nervous about leaving the job I had for 9 years, and especially nervous about what reactions would be. My bosses not only gave me a send off party. They also gave me a bundle of cash to help me pursue my entrepreneurial craziness. That's the type of employer I really want to be. Employees aren't possessions or things you get to keep. Everyone has different aspirations and my company may simply be a vehicle that takes people to bigger and better things. And if that is the case, I hope I'm as supportive as A-Plus was to me back in the day. Apparently I'm feeling all nostalgic today. #tbt
What inspires you?
My kids. My wife. Period.
What is the the most unexpected/shameful song in your playlist?
I’ve got a lot of Biebs on my phone. I also unapologetically listen to Adele. Talk about pipes.
Who would play you in WP SiteCare, the Movie?
Probably Chris Farley. RIP.
First or worst job?
First job was mowing lawns. Worst job was bagger at a grocery store. Nobody told me that cleaning public bathrooms and disposing of day old fried chicken was part of the gig.
I don’t know if it’s a secret but I speak Spanish fluently. I’m also a force to be reckoned with on a karaoke stage.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
I’m not entirely sure, but I’d feel like Emma Stone doing whatever it was.
All of them? If I have to choose one then it’s probably that magic butter they put on popcorn at the movies. Oh, and I love going to the movies but that’s not really guilty. Unless I’m going to see Pitch Perfect. Which I love. Next question please.
Favorite WordPress Plugin?
If I really have to choose one then I’m probably going to say VaultPress. As complex and difficult as WordPress backups are across multiple hosting providers, VaultPress handles that challenge extremely well. You could really take anything from our Best WordPress plugins list and call it a winner.
Best new tech – favorite gadget?
I’ve started geeking out on kitchen gadgets lately. I’ve been using my Panini Press for a while now, but all of my latest experiments and creations have come from this awesome new waffle maker. It cooks two waffles at the same time!
My latest experiment was PIZZA WAFFLES. You read that right.
Current kitchen experiment is the pizza waffle. You read that right. I started with minis and they turned out amazing so gonna graduate to a full size pizza waffle soon. Stay tuned. Oh, my boys loved them too. Because they're pizza AND waffles in the same bite. #pizza #waffles #kidapproved #kitchenexperiment
So boring, I know. Fun tip though. Cook your steel cut oats half way, then stir in egg whites, then finish cooking. I know it sounds weird, but it makes your oatmeal extra fluffy and adds more protein!
Favorite place on the planet.
Up to this point, I’d have to say it’s San Diego. I’ve been some really cool places that I really love to visit, but San Diego is the only place I’d actually consider moving. Hopefully I find a place to top it!
Any parting words?
Thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed on my own website.
Thank YOU Ryan, for being a good sport and answering my random questions.
Got a question for Ryan? Leave it in the comments section and I bet he’ll answer!