The Task Force even built out a series of guiding principles and a proposed strategic plan for meeting those principles, which the Board will be reviewing and discussing shortly.
While all of these things have paved the way to allow us to get to work on the Association’s business as quickly as possible, we are in the initial stages of laying down the groundwork, once this is complete we will be full force moving forward.
Currently, we’re a team of 8 community volunteers officially backed by 2 Magento employees (with quite a few others behind them helping out) and the services of Smith Bucklin.
To meet our goals, we’re going to need quite a bit of help, which is why one of the most important things we’ll be doing in the near future is recruiting volunteers.
We ask for your patience during this time - the Magento Association is very much an early stage startup.
We have the equivalent of seed funding and resources - the next few months of planning are critical to ensure our long-term success.To be successful, we need 50 to 100 dedicated volunteers from the Magento ecosystem to join our cause on an initial set of committees.We will be announcing a number of committees focused on areas such as events, education, diversity, advocacy and partnerships and looking for volunteers to help complete the activities of those committees.Over time, we will be building out much of what these other associations currently provide for their communities, and the services they provide.For instance, we will be taking on the role of ‘central hub’ for all Meet Magento event organizers as a replacement for the Meet Magento Association. Have you put much thought into a business plan or discussed this with your business partners?Writing a business plan is extremely important for your new start-up, as it will determine if your business will succeed in this competitive business world.Once seated, Board Directors guide the association within our not-for-profit governance structure (State of Illinois law as well as the bylaws, charters and strategic plans of the Magento Association).This governance includes Board Director term limits, which ensures membership continually reviews plans, progress, and leadership.Freelancers win when demand for Magento qualified individuals continues to grow.Agencies, extension authors and technology partners win as their employees learn new skills and demand for their products and services increases.