Aaron Campbell (iThemes) – WordPress Influencer Interview

September 6, 2016 in Community

I sat down with Aaron Campbell from iThemes at WordCamp Fayetteville to talk about his WordPress experiences and what brought him to the Arkansas WordCamp. I actually met Aaron for the first time in Vienna, Austria during WordCamp Europe 2016, and had the pleasure of talking shop with him about security.

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>> Question: What brings you to WordCamp?

>> Aaron Campbell:
You know, iThemes really focuses on helping everybody from the sort of solo-
preneur and entrepreneur up through the small businesses kind of take control
of their own web presence. We try to give them the training and tools that
they need to do that.

>> Question: What is your role in the company?

>> Aaron Campbell:
I lead the iThemes Security product there. So I develop both the free and pro
versions of that product.

>> Question: When did you start using WordPress?

>> Aaron Campbell:
Well I started using WordPress about 11 or so years ago, but getting involved
in actually the community and in contributing back in 2007, version 2.3, so
about 9 years ago now.

>> Question: What was your biggest WordPress win?

>> Aaron Campbell:
Oh man, that’s a tough one. You know, I feel like I helped lead the 3.6
release, I co-lead that release. That felt really successful. It was a heck
of an uphill slog, leading a release is a difficult process. When it finally
went out, that felt like a serious win.

>> Question: Batman or Superman?

>> Aaron Campbell:
Superman all the way, it has been forever for me. There’s something about the
more completely pure altruistic side of Superman that has kind of always
appealed to me.

>> Question: Star Wars or Star Trek?

>> Aaron Campbell:
My wife’s gonna laugh at me either way, but I have to be a Star Wars guy I
think. Don’t get me wrong, I like Star Trek, I like the original movies
especially, but Star Wars for me.

>> Question: What keeps you up at night?

>> Aaron Campbell:
What keeps me up at night? Never anything WordPress-related, I try not to
worry about that at night, but I have a family and I have a kid and so I’d
say that’s much more likely to keep me up at night.

>> Question: Faster or Slower?

>> Aaron Campbell:
I guess I’m a bit of a speed junkie. Been into actually various kinds of
racing all my life. There’s something about that adrenaline boost from speed
that I definitely crave and enjoy.

Faster. Absolutely faster.


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