May 28th, 2007 - by ses5909

Random Bits

Episode 3 – 5/28/2007

Guests: Matt Mickiewicz and Mark Harbottle, co-founders

Background: developers and entrepreneurs

Total Time: 30 minutes

To say I was excited to speak to these two gentleman would be an understatement. I discovered about 5 years ago while I was still in college, but finally joined 4 years ago. Since then I have been a pretty active member there and haven’t felt the need to join any other web development forums. The thing that really made me stay there was the community feel that exists. I’ve always been impressed at how strong the community is when they have over 150k members.

In this interview, Matt Mickiewicz and Mark Harbottle tell us how started and how it grew from its grassroots to the thriving web community it is today. They really do demonstrate why the forum has retained such a community feel by showing that members come first.

Podcast Highlights

  • 1:20 – Matt explains how SitePoint got started
  • 3:50 – How Matt and Mark came together
  • 6:10 – Matt and Mark discuss the goals of SitePoint
  • 7:30 – Sara asks how they manage their work when they are located oceans apart.
  • 9:48 – Mark and Matt discuss the accusation that SitePoint is becoming too “commercial”
  • 14:05 – Sara asks the guys to tell us what the plans are for the Marketplace
  • 19:00 – Mark goes into details about the Contests section of SitePoint
  • 23:02 – Sara gets personal with Matt and Mark… Do Corona and Robbie Williams go together?!?

Play the podcast right now! Notice the Random Bits podcast on the right? Just click the SitePoint link and it will start playing. It might take a few seconds to stream-in…

12 Responses to “Random Bits Podcast with Matt Mickiewicz and Mark Harbottle of”

1 Golgotha

Great job Sara!

Obviously, we at Search-This are big fans of SitePoint and the model they have established on how to grow a community.

SitePoint does a great job providing free, relevant content to webmasters. Search-This hopes to follow in their footsteps.

Mark and Matt are on the opposite side of the globe from each other and you are in the middle! Isn’t the web wonderful!

Talk about two different accents, a Canadian and an Australian… That almost sounds like the start of a joke 🙂

2 FrankB


your podcasts do really sound interesting, but I fear there’s no way that I’m going to hear these from within the browser.

I hope you’ll soon get an archive section for these!

3 Golgotha

@FrankB: We will have a Random Bits main page within a week or two that will allow you to download them and subscribe to a feed and we are also working on putting them on iTunes. Give us a little more time. Thanks.

4 FrankB

That’s great news! Thanks a lot and take your time. 🙂

5 Jelena

One more great podcast from Sara 🙂 Good job, girl!

@Mark: Sounds awesome!

6 Paul OB

Very interesting to hear what sitepoint are all about and nice to put a voice to the names – good job 🙂

7 Will

I really think you could do better on the quality of the Podcast.. I can barely hear it.

8 ses5909

Hey Will. As with anything this is a learning process. If you listen to the latest podcast, I think you will hear it much better. Unfortunately I am not a sound editor so am learning as I go along. If you have any experience or advice you would like to share, that would be great!

9 Golgotha

Hey Will, sorry about the volume, I know it gets low at times – we are still learning the podcast thing. Did you listen to the Peter Flaschner podcast? The volume seems to be better there? We will get better in the future.

10 Golgotha

damn it Sara beat me by seconds…

11 ses5909

ladies first mark 🙂

12 bad21

wow 🙂
its very reasonable point of view.
Good post.
realy good post

thx 🙂

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