Rhonda Rondeau

Interview: Rhonda Rondeau

Rhonda RondeauIt’s time for another Magento interview! This time we have the honor to learn more about Rhonda Rondeau, our international Magento Community Manager from Magento Inc!

Rhonda lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. You can connect with her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Myspace (where she worked before Magento) or Twitter and of course on the Magento forum as rondata where she is one of the moderators.

What did you dream of becoming as a child?

I always knew I’d end up doing something technical. I was fascinated with electronics. I was the kid pulling apart her first IBM AT computer at 14 years old and trying to figure out how it worked with a “Know your PC” book. I think I took out the power more than once at home messing with rewiring. ;)

My philosophy on life is…

The glass is always half full. Glasses are created empty and if there’s anything in it whatsoever someone put forth the effort to get it there and you should damn well respect that effort ;)

What is your average day like?

My day starts at 4am and doesn’t end until about 11pm. It’s a mixture of work and family and believe it or not very random. At work – I focus on tasks as they come up prioritizing them in my head until someone with a more important agenda needs me.

The ideal night out is…

A night out? What is this strange concept that you’re speaking of?

I’m good at…

Mostly everything technical. I just have one of those mechanical minds ;) I taught myself how to program on dbase at 16 and continued taking jobs learning everything from configuration management to IT (networking, system admin and security) and back again. I also talk a lot. ;) It’s both a blessing and a curse.

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Aheadworks anniversary

Exclusive discount code for aheadWorks Magento extensions

Aheadworks anniversaryOne of the more popular Magento extensions developing companies is aheadWorks and they just turned 2 today, so congratulations to Artyom Rabzonov and his whole team!

A healthy 3rd party ecosystem is – in my opinion – one of the most important factors of the success of an open source platform, Magento included.  So it’s great to see more and more 3rd party companies sticking to Magento and becoming more and more successful in providing Magento services!

In order to celebrate the aheadWorks Anniversary, they allowed me to offer you a nice discount! The offer is for 35% off on the first 30 orders made after the publication of this blogpost. You can use the discount code GXJANSEN35OFF to save up to $350* for a single aheadWorks product!

Let me know in the comments what you’ve bought from the shop with the discount code and where/ for what you’re using it!
* when you buy the Subscriptions and Recurring Payments extension for Magento Enterprise.

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Make it fun!

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We respond well to small delighters.

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Can you create some small and unexpected pleasurable things to delight your visitors? It can be a small game, a video or maybe you can trigger the gatherer in your visitors and let the collect points or badges or other stuff on your website. Don’t go overboard though, it’s all about the small things. You don’t want to distract people from actually buying stuff on your website.

An example of a fun delighter in the Mailchimp interface:

Mailchimp delighter

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Brent Peterson

Interview: Brent Peterson

It’s time for another Magento interview! This time we have the honor to learn more about Brent Peterson.

Brent PetersonBrent lives and works in Minneapolis, USA and works as a Software Developer at Wagento Data Consulting LLC. You can connect with him on Skype (creativedata) and of course on the Magento forum as Brent W Peterson where he is one of the moderators.

What did you dream of becoming as a child?

Becoming a Pianist.

My philosophy on life is…

Pray without ceasing

What is your average day like?

Lots and lots of coding and lots of fires to put out.

The ideal night out is…

Nice movie with my wife

I’m good at…

Solving database problems

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quora

Want a Quora invite?

Quora is a new Q&A website (something like Aardvark) combine with wiki-like features. From the Quora site: “A continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it.” Interesting about Quora is that they’ve managed to get many big CEO’s on board answering questions from whoever asks them, like Magento CEO Roy Rubin. I’ve got an account and apparently unlimited invites. I started handing them out yesterday, and it appears many people like to give it a try: I already send out 20 40 50 70 180 350 750 invites!

You can follow the next steps to get a Quora invite:

  1. Click on the ‘Buy now’ button in the article and register with Cleeng
  2. Pay $0,49 through any payment method you like (PayPal, Creditcard, SMS, iDeal etc.)
  3. Enter your e-mail address in the form that appears on this page after payment

That’s it! After that I can send you the Quora invite. It also includes a Social referral system: if you share the Cleeng link to this page (http://cleeng.it/t9qRGU) and someone else also buys a Quora invite, you get a 25% referral fee!

Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Your Email (required)

 Sending out invites is a manual process, but I will send out all invites within 24 hours. I won’t use your e-mail address for any other purpose, it’s just the only way that I can provide you with the Quora invite.

Need for Assurance

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We need to be assured we’re making te right decision.

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What can you do to provide certainty in your webshop? Let people know their making the right decision by taking away doubt and ambiguity which might cause inaction. Provide clear benefits of your products and provide social proof of other customers who’re happy they’ve made the decision (of buying your products).

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Magento Kitchen

A deeper look into the Magento Kitchen

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Me at work in the Magento Kitchen - This is where all the sweet stuff is made!

Well, guess you didn’t expect a literal interpretation of the post title did you? :D

It’s my entry for the Contest for the Magento Imagine Conference next month in Los Angeles. Would be great to win one of the great prices in the contest and maybe even get the chance to take a look at the Magento kitchen at the LA Headquarters…