Weekly Post Challenge

I love to talk. In fact, I never shut up! I’ve often wished I could somehow easily morph my thoughts and discussions into written form. Wishing and following through are two different things, and as you can see by the gaps between posts here that being consistent with my writing has not been a strong suit.

Brad Williams, my partner in crime and co-host of DradCast made a commitment to write 100 posts in 2015 on his blog, Strange Work. Brad is a go-getter, and no, I won’t be committing to 100 posts. However, Brad’s motivation inspired me to do better at writing more consistently.

What you’re seeing here is the first post in what has been coined the Weekly Post Challenge. Last week I was thinking about writing more reading and sharing Brad’s last post, and I decided to post on Facebook that I was thinking about writing more, and asked my network if they’d be interested in joining me. The reception to my post was super cool, and we now have a group on Facebook for the challenge, and we have over 20 people committed to writing a blog post a week for the rest of the year. How cool is that?

The Weekly Post Challenge is merely a way to keep myself motivated to write more. Anyone is welcome to join, and I think the more people we get, the more we can help keep each other motivated.

So there you have it, my first post of the challenge. I look forward to writing more this year, and I certainly look forward to reading your posts!

And Web Dre Studios Is Born!

The title here is nothing more than a play on words, but it does touch on news that I am excited to share with you.

It has been a few months since I stepped down from Sucuri and I have to say, it has been a wonderful couple of months. It seems like I have been able to spend more time with my kids in the last two months then I have in the last 4 years. It has been refreshing, relaxing, and exciting!

School’s out for summer!

My four oldest daughters made softball all stars and we traveled to various tournaments to kick off a jam-packed summer. We spent time cruising the Caribbean, body boarding in the Pacific, Jeeping the San Bernardino mountains, and of course, crushing it on the Jiu-Jitsu mat.

It truly has been great to take some time off. It has certainly helped me decompress and clear my head. After a great summer full of fishing and naps, the time has certainly arrived for me to ramp up which brings me to this announcement.

Time to team up and focus.

Without further ado, I am quite honored to announce that I am no longer WebDevStudio’s longest standing honorary WDS’er. As of earlier this week, I am the newest team member at WebDevStudios! I am officially stepping into the role of Vice President of Operations, although focus will be more broad than just operations. There are great things happening in the WordPress landscape, and this is an exciting time of growth for WDS! Here is the official WDS Announcement.

Shortly after I stepped down as CEO of Sucuri I had the opportunity to hang out and chat with Brad Williams and the other two partners at WDS, Brian Messenlehner and Lisa Sabin-Wilson. The question kept coming up as to what I was getting into next, and those discussions lead to more serious chats around what it would look like if I was to become part of the WDS team. The more and more we discussed what it would look like, the more it became evident there was a strong fit for me on the executive team. My strengths certainly play well into the forward vision for WDS, and along with Brad, Brian and Lisa, we came to the conclusion that together we could continue to grow this great company.

It was a no brainer in the end, and I am honored to have an opportunity to help build upon an already wonderful company with a vibrant culture. It’s a great place to be!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me here on my blog or on Twitter.

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Thank You For Manning The Watch!

Thank you brother. Thank you sister!

Thank you for the selfless act of volunteering.

Thank you for putting it on the line every day.

Thank you for your paying with body, mind and soul the ultimate sacrifice.

We are here because of you. We will prevail red, white and blue because of you.

Our country would have died long ago if we left it to pure politics. It’s your selfless acts, and your vow to fight for freedom that keeps this democracy in tact.

Thank you will never be enough, but none the less, thank you for manning the watch!

You’re in my thoughts and prayers every day, a bit more so today!

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Sucuri!

I bid fair winds and following seas to what became my ship the last few years, Sucuri!

In life, there are only but few constants. As humans, we tend to latch onto variables that are comfortable, and easy for us, but this can be a dangerous proposition. Perhaps we can become too comfortable, and over time, we may find ourselves not nurturing those variables in a way that helps us, or those around us to succeed in the smartest way possible.

As CEO and Co-founder, I am proud of the role I have had at Sucuri over the last 4 years, but I have reached that point of comfort. Building and scaling a company is not about the CEO, or about being that guy that goes at it alone, it’s about building a team. It’s about building a team smarter than you, and as passionate in the vision as you are. We have built the right team!

What started as a 2-person part-time hobby between Daniel Cid and myself has turned into a multi-million dollar, 30+ employee company. A company that services millions of unique monthly scans, monitors thousands of websites, and makes sure that 100’s of websites are cleared of malware daily. We have helped a lot of people, and I get goose bumps thinking about those successes. This has been an epic experience!

I write this with bittersweet feelings, and others of great excitement. I am truly honored to be writing to you today about my brother-in-law, my friend, my colleague, Tony Perez. Tony is now the new CEO of Sucuri Inc. Without hesitation I can say that Tony will continue to build what will become the future of website security. He has helped build this ship from the early days, and there is no one better to take the helm. This is an exciting time for Sucuri Inc!

What’s next for me? Well, the ship we built is sailing in the right direction with a capable skipper and crew. I hope that my future adventures allow me to take command of a young and new ship some day. Odds are good I’d say. After all, the seas will continue to offer limitless opportunities for those willing to roger up!

If I were a betting man, I’d say you’ll see something awesome sailing from my direction sometime soon! Who knows, maybe the next Sucuri.

See you around folks!

Dre Armeda. Departing.