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  1. Emil Uzelac

    Great cover Sarah!

    It’s simply amazing to see what these guys have accomplished in such short period of time and to me this is a great inspiration and motivation for the rest of us. So many smart people and so much results!

    Had a pleasure of meeting Vladimir and Marko in 2012 and also seeing them again this year in San Francisco.

    Keep it up guys, all of you!

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  2. Jeff Chandler

    Fantastic article. Interesting in that Meetup.com is not a good choice for this particular community but instead, Facebook is used as the primary communication method between members.

    I’m also fascinated that it only took a small spark to ignite huge growth in interest, business, and freelancing in that region. I love it how local meetups have inspired others to start their own businesses. What a great thing they have going on there.

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    • Nemanja Aleksic

      Free quality education, close ties to the Western market and low GDP (due to wars, sanctions and a lack of reforms) made Serbia into El Dorado for both foreign and domestic companies looking for great programmers at a fraction of the cost.

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      • Rick

        Exactly.

        Its not the only El Dorado. I read an article not 4 or 5 months back about both India and China. For years the western nations have saw an influx of freelancers from India but now US programmers jobs are being lost as business sub-contracts the work overseas. The article has also talked about China that within the next I believe it was 3-5 years the programmers market globally will be literally flooded with tens of thousands of programmers working for peanuts from China. In the same article it has said that Giant “Alibaba” whom literally wooped both eBay and Amazon in Asian markets (stated this year they think they will make near the revenues of Walmart which is #1 on market goods globally) will be funding a whole slew of “open source” state of the art products free like but I’ve heard not a thing since.

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  3. Miroslav Glavic

    Thank you for typing the accents (Ivanović instead of Ivanovic).

    MY last name is Glavić not Glavic. I often get my last name typed as Glavic.

    I would love a WordCamp in Zagreb (Croatia) AND Beograd (Belgrade). Maybe even in Sarajevo (BiH).

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    • Emanuel Blagonic

      WordCamp Zagreb is in planning stages for couple of months now. We didn’t want to rush before growing the local community. Now, after 5 WordPress Meetups Zagreb, 2 in Split, 1 in Pula, and Coffees in Zagreb and Rijeka, we know that we’re on the right track. Some numbers say that we now have from 60–100 people present on *every* Zagreb Meetup + 200–300 live stream viewers. That are awesome numbers.

      So, we will welcome (hopefully) many other WordPress lovers on both Meetups and WordCamp in Croatia in the coming months. No rush, it’s more important to grow local community and make WordPress more mainstream here which will eventually help both developers and end–users.

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  4. Miodrag I.

    Great article. Fantastic effort by people from Serbian community. Knowing Milan in person I can definitelly guarantee that following meetup in Belgrade will be blast !!!

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  5. fivera

    Thumbs up for the post Sarah.

    Mister Vladimir (correct the typo in your post please) has been a role model for me and many of my colleagues, he did bring something fresh and innovative to worldwide WordPress community and to Serbian Wp community alike.

    WP community in Serbia and Ex-Yu in general will only grow more for the years to come.

    Cheers.

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  6. Japh

    Fantastic article, Sarah, really great coverage. Always exciting to hear about new and blooming communities! :)

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  7. Vladimir Prelovac

    What a wonderful article Sarah. Thank you for covering our WordPress community. This could be a good idea for an article series.

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  8. Luka Petrovic

    Just to update, Facebook page now counts over 1200 members, on regular meetups there are constantly over 300 people…

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