Kriesi: The First Author to Sell $1,000,000 Worth of Items

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Kriesi is the first Envato author to reach Power Elite level! Kriesi has been a member of the Envato community for 3 years, in that time he has amassed a following of 4,088 community members and almost 32,000 sales! He is the most successful author on the Marketplaces to date and the first to reach Power Elite status. A huge congratulations to Kriesi for crossing this milestone and for leading the way for future authors. Kriesi’s amazing achievements show that it is possible to not only make money off the Envato Marketplaces but to do what you love, get paid well and enjoy it as a full time job. Read after the break for an in-depth interview with Kriesi!


Collis Ta’eed (Envato Co-Founder and CEO) is thrilled that Kriesi is our first Power Elite author; Collis said:

“No-one deserves this more than him. Not only has he been at the forefront of ThemeForest for many years, he is in fact one of our very first ThemeForest authors. Kriesi’s first theme dates back to just weeks after the ThemeForest Marketplace launched in 2008. Kriesi is responsible for breaking a lot of ground on ThemeForest, he’s responsible for numerous trends and styles that became popular in his wake, and has repeatedly demonstrated what it means to be a top author at Envato. It’s really fitting that he’s our first million dollar author. My heartfelt congratulations go out to him!”

Interview with Kriesi

As a part of the reward for reaching Power Elite status Envato celebrates a day in honour of the author, that means that today is Kriesi Day! To kick off the celebrations we’ll start with an interview with the man himself, so you can find out a little more about Envato’s most successful author and what it takes to make it to the top.

Congratulations on becoming our very first Power Elite author Kriesi, tell us about how you got here.

Well first of all thanks for having me! :) I started being a ThemeForest author back in September 2008, shortly after the closed beta ended. I was working 9-5 as front end developer in a small advertising agency, which hired me after I finished college. I had a few designs that didn’t make the cut for our clients, so I thought I could just give this strange marketplace thingy a chance and submit one of those designs. Sales during the first month were really lousy ( I made $30 for 40 hours of work) and I was nearly convinced that this whole stock template business was a big waste of time. For reasons I still can’t name, I created a second theme from scratch and submitted that as well. Guess my life would look a whole lot different if I hadn’t done that. :)

The second theme wasn’t even close to being a top seller, but it sold enough copies to show me that my first guess was completely wrong. So for the next few months I improved my Photoshop skills, learned how to code javascript, how to write php that doesn’t look like Spaghetti code and submitted new themes, hoping for a top seller. :)

When that finally happened in July 2009 it caught me completely off guard. Sales exploded, so did the earnings and I was so excited, I was hitting the browser reload button every five minutes for at least 3 days straight. For the first time in my life I was thinking about leaving the agency and becoming self employed.

It did take another 6 months of good sales for me to realize that this wasn’t just a lucky coincidence that earned me some nice pocket money, but actually the real deal, and that I don’t need to be afraid to have no income in 2 months if I quit my daytime job.

What followed were probably the best 2 years of my life. Due to the growing marketplace I was able to start my own business without any knowledge of startups, self employment, marketing or accounting. I just had to do what came natural to me: creating new themes. Thats pretty much what I did until today. :)

How does it feel to have sold over $1,000,000 of items?

Feels kinda unreal to me. I still remember one of the first presentations in college when the Professor concluded that most designers and programmers don’t do their jobs because they want to get rich, but because they love what they do. Thats pretty much the way everyone in my class felt. I never thought about becoming self employed, and I certainly never thought that I would someday sell products on a marketplace, worth 1 million dollars. Of course that’s not the money I actually get to spend, you guys at Envato get your well deserved junk for marketing and for the great infrastructure you provide, and an even bigger part is lost to taxes and exchange rate from dollar to euro, but I definitely earn more than I ever thought I would.It definitely feels good, but sometimes its hard to believe that I got that lucky. :)

What does this milestone mean for you as an author and designer?

To be honest, not that much. :) I just turned 30 this month and its a quite similar experience. Everyone is asking you how you feel, now that you are 30 years old, and everyone who has turned 30 pretty much gives the same answer: nothing has changed since yesterday, nothings different :)

I feel similar about this milestone, it’s great that I have come this far, but there is not much difference to last month or even last year. I wouldn’t consider myself a better author or designer now that I have achieved it and I certainly don’t think I am better than someone who hasn’t reached this milestone yet, so as designer this doesn’t mean that much to me.

Personally I think the coolest part of the milestone is that Envato decided to reward elite authors with fancy goodies and badges, something I was really missing before the Elite program opened its doors. :)
I was always a great fan of games like Diablo and World of Warcraft (probably even “a little” addicted) and the quest for new items and achievements was always something that got me hooked.
Cant wait to get the “Envato-Power-Elite-Ring” , my first real life item. ;D

The Power Elite Ring!

So long story short: I am super exited on a personal level but apart from this one day promotion it wont help me selling themes. I still have to work hard to compete; no change, nothings different. :)

You have 40 items currently on the Marketplaces. How many hours have you spent on designs for the Envato Marketplace?

Thats hard to tell since I usually don’t design the whole template in Photoshop before starting to code. I create a rough layout in Photoshop and add details on the go while coding the HTML or WordPress version. The average time per project that I am really working in Photoshop is probably 2-3 days. The average time for a WordPress theme from start to finish about 3 weeks…

Have you had any designs rejected and what did you do about it?

Yes, I can remember that I submitted work to both, ThemeForest and ActiveDen, that was rejected. In the case of ActiveDen I didn’t really bother, since I was submitting leftovers from the agency. I can’t really remember exactly why the ThemeForest item was rejected but I did what most of us do: I was pissed first, then calmed down, listened to the reviewers suggestion, fixed the problems, resubmitted the item, and had to acknowledge that the reviewer was totally right and that the final work was far better than the first version. :)

What words of encouragement do you have to any budding authors who want to make Power Elite level?

Collis once gave a presentation about Iteration at Ignite Melbourne, that pretty much sums up how I was able to reach the Power Elite level.

I was not, and am not the most talented designer or coder on ThemeForest and I certainly didn’t land a “hole in one” with my first themes. But with every new release I was able to learn something new, about my code, about the underlying technology, about the people that buy my stuff and also why they buy my stuff. I basically iterated to success and thats pretty much the best advice I can give:

Take the time to improve yourself, to improve your work, and become a better designer/programmer with every new release. You will eventually come up with something that people love. :)

What is your office space like?

Similar to most of my themes: lots of whitespace, very white, very clean (some would say sterile). I don’t like a lot of clutter on my virtual desktop and I certainly don’t want it on my real one. ;D
I also have two beanbag chairs in my office, located bellow a small palm tree. If I cant focus on work I usually sit down there and read a little bit. There are days though when I simply need a break from my own office and need to get out, need to see other human beings. Then I usually head to one of the many cafes in Vienna and work there. :) I consider those places my “extended office”…

How do you get inspiration for your designs?

I guess I am not that different to fellow designers here. I love Dribbble and Twitter, I admire the work of a few fellow authors which keep inspiring me and when thats not enough there are always those well known “top 100 of XY-design” lists as well as CSS galleries to get my creative juices flowing. :)

But these days its mostly Dribbble and Twitter.

What is the best thing about your job?

Being able to do what I like, always having the possibility to take a day off, being my own boss, working with great people from around the world, and being part of such a great competitive community that pushes WordPress theming like only a few others do. :)

If you could choose any space in the world and create a design for it, where would it be and what would you make?

Thats a tough one. I think I would want to design an all glass building in the Alps of Austria that holds a super fancy shared office were I and others can work and go on the slopes whenever we feel the need for a timeout :) Video Games, Cinema, Party Lounge etc included. And I would hope for someone to build a similar building somewhere in Egypt. Snowboarding the whole year could get boring, would like to spice it up with some Kitesurfing. :D

Please help us settle a long running internal debate. How do you pronounce your username?

Haha, didn’t know that there is a debate about my name :D. Kriesi derives from the Austrian short version of Christian (Chrisi) I just had to come up with a different spelling for my first online account since Chrisi was of course already taken since its quite common here. Since I would feel rather silly uploading an mp3 where I pronounce the name: open google translate ( http://translate.google.com/ ), select: from Hindi to English and enter Kriesi. Now press the Listen button ;).

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Only that the last few years were a blast, that I am happy to be part of this community and  I am waiting with a red carpet for the next person to join me in the Power Elite Club :) Good luck everyone!

  
Kriesi looking gangsta with his Power Elite ring!

A huge congratulations to Kriesi for reaching 1,000,000 worth of sales! We are extremely proud to have such a motivated author as a leader in our community. We only hope that the rest of you as inspired as we are! Happy Kriesi Day everyone!

View Kriesi’s portfolio of work on the Marketplaces.
Check out Kriesi’s blog.
Follow Kriesi on Twitter.

  • http://themeforest.net/user/mav?ref=MattiaViviani Mattia

    Congratulations!

    • http://www.suggest-url.org/ Matt

      Great job Chrisie :D

      Good luck, I am thinking of joining the themeforest too to sell my items :D

    • http://themecloud.org ThemeCloud™Org

      Congratulations to you. Your success is well deserved!

      Go for your next million my friend.

  • http://www.pulyavserdce.com geceolurken

    Congrats!

  • http://www.kevaldomadia.com/ KD

    Congratulations. You are one of my fav author :)

    Keep up the roll!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://inspiredkiwi.com/ Parth

    Conratz Kriesi! I’m guessing new paw color for the 1 mil – 2 mil?

  • Josh Arcadia

    You are the man! let me be the first to congratulate you, soon I will tell your story! :D

    Again congrats

  • http://audiojungle.net/user/ADG3studios Adrien

    Huge congrats to you Kriesi!!

    I for one have looked forward to this day, for nearly 5 years, and very happy to see this news :) :)

    One million sold is such a remarkable milestone, which is a true testament to the reach of Envato, and the talent of its amazing authors and fantastic community.

    Much respect and best regards,
    Adrien aka ADG3Studios

  • http://graphicriver.net/user/acerchina acerchina

    Kriesi.
    Great, congratulations!

  • Wayne Austin

    Congratulations Kriesi !

  • http://tutspress.com tutspress

    Great Kriesi!

  • Jonathan01

    Hey man big congrats on your milestone – I have always admired your work and you were the inspiration for me to start developing WordPress themes rather than just HTML etc

    Really feel honored to be part of the same marketplace as yourself and I look forward to many more years of friendly competition

    Keep reaching for the stars!


    Jonathan

  • http://www.digitalmarkketing.com Rodrigo Henrik

    Congrats! =)

  • sachith

    great work my friend…cheeerrzzzz…..wish u a good luck buddy

  • kipet

    congrats!

  • http://envato.com Adrian Try

    Congratulations, Kriesi. Very 1337!

  • http://lementstudios.com mafloral

    Hey Kriesi awesome job on this man. Btw What would your next PAW look like? lol Anyhow just wanted to congratulate on this big milestone.

    Cheers

    Lester

  • http://tutsplus.com Skellie

    Congratulations from the entire Tuts+ Premium team! You’ve been an inspiration to so many of our members, and to us personally! :).

  • http://davoscript.com Davo

    Mega congrats! Another man that is brave enough to be happy :)

  • http://themeforest/user/themesfever Eduardo Santos

    Congrats! :D On the road to the 2 million! Won’t be as hard!

  • http://www.as3gametuts.wordpress.com Ben Reynolds

    Congratulations! You’re an inspiration to me, knowing that it is possible to have so much success doing what you love to do :-)

  • http://www.afahmy.com fahmyzone

    wooowww…. awesome achievement! Congratulation Kriesi!!!!

  • http://www.davegallant.ca Dave

    Congrats man! Great accomplishment!

  • http://www.redlinepctech.com Rui Tiago

    Congratulations Kriesi! Impressive…

  • chrismccoy

    congrats, one of my fav authors on envato ;)

  • http://www.finalmethod.com finalmethod

    Wow, congrats, this is a really impressive achievement!!

  • Mauro (domibit)

    Congratulations, you are an inspiration!

  • http://www.jytgraphics.com W. Allen

    Big Congrats – it is always great to see earned success.

  • Sudhir

    Such an inspiration to us all Kriesi :).

    May you have many more successes in the future and reach that 2 Mil mark in just less than half the time (trust me it is possible ) :).

    To all the others out there, your “day” will come :D.

  • http://www.7air.co.uk/ 7air

    well done bud, great works – legend

  • http://larssonpatrik.com Patrik Larsson

    Congratulations, Christian! I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you for this milestone! It’s incredible! :)

  • http://activetofocus.com activetofocus

    Congratulations, Kriesi.

  • Jorge

    Kriesi, congratulations! You are my idol, jajaja

    Awesome!

  • http://rafaeloliveiradesign.com Rafael Oliveira

    Wow! Congratz :D

  • http://www.unitedthemes.com UnitedThemes

    congrats!

  • http://www.3d-bm.com Bassem

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.ericdgreene.com Eric D. Greene

    Totally awesome, congratulations Kriesi

  • Alberto

    Effort, tenacity and good taste.
    Congratulations.

  • http://freshflyers.net Fresh

    Go Kreisi! “U da #BOSS!”

  • http://www.sonicbyte.com Rodrigo

    amazing!!

  • http://www.webmentor.cr/ Marco

    Jesus, been thinking about making the jump and start doing this, but I guess I need NO further convincing. Damn dude, congrats!!!!

  • http://envato.com ken/graphics4444

    hey a big CONGRATULATIONS dude, wtg… a mil in sales is outstanding… you’re an inspiration to everyone. keep up the great job. :)

  • CaCaDoo

    Congrats Kriesi.
    Keep Up The Good Work And Go To The Next Million :)

  • Ben

    Buddypress Theme?

  • bob

    Congrats. I have been a member of Envato since April 2008 and just went back to see my first purchases and saw that 3 of the first 12 were yours. Perseverance always pays off. I learned a long time ago that we get paid in direct proportion to the amount of rejection we can eat. You got rejected and ate it than spat it out.

    . The only way to succeed is to follow the footpath of King Kriese. I am truly impressed and many thanks to Envato for giving many authors the chance to succeed on their own terms

  • http://ivorpadilla.net Ivor

    Congratulations Christian! Well deserved man.

  • http://wayangdesign.com harrywebss

    Congrats for kriesi….

  • http://forbenmedia.com Rick Yentzer

    That is a great achievement. You should be proud. Congrats!

  • http://sean.co wordpress guy

    big fan. love your stuff! You’ve made me money too man! KEEP IT UP :)

  • http://www.boyceeondemand.com Lueve

    congrats bruv keep up the great work.

  • Patrick

    Congrats Kriesi! You’re an inspiration for the rest of us.

  • http://www.divparty.com.au Amy

    Wow congratulations from Div Party Australia!

  • Travis

    Outstanding!

    I think Google Translate just experienced a jump in Hindi to English translations :)

  • http://hiranonline.net CodeMasterX

    Conratz Kriesi!

  • Chris Bannu

    Congratulations, you really deserve it. Also, respect for staying modest.

  • http://www.thomasvomusic.com Thomas Vo

    Incredible!! While I’m deeply jealous, I would like to congratulate you on such a big milestone accomplishment!

  • http://www.r0ash.com r0ash

    Congrats to Kriesi and Envato, keep up the good work!

  • http://web2feeds.com/ Ahmad

    Conratz Kriesi!

  • http://superdit.com aditia

    Awesome, your work deserve it, congrats

  • http://www.envisionmedia360.com Brian H.

    Kriesi,

    Congratulations on the milestone! I’d personally like to thank you for the work you’ve done. I’ve used many of your WordPress themes for my clients and even my own business website.

    Keep up the great work!

  • http://graphicriver.net/user/creativeCary kirpal

    Congrats Bro….you really really deserve it…great work…great interview…impressive personality and dashing ring :)

  • Zanzad

    Very impressive! Congratz, Kriesi…

  • Richard

    That’s awesome man! Congratulations for this achievement.

    Being your own boss, that is priceless :)

  • http://www.contrastblack.com contrastblack

    Congrats mate, and a belated happy birthday! :D Btw, love the syberias you’re rocking! How’s the comfort level on the neckband? nevermind, offtopic haha

    Keep at it mate.

  • dan

    Well all I can say is that way back in 2009 I purchased levitation for a client project..and let me tell you I had to do very extensive customization over a 6 mo time frame. The client had to have endless admin and option customization to make it easier for them to manage content.. and that theme just did not fight me not one bit..I went into the options array the function file, html, css all of it..I was really worried at first but this is my testimony the code is clean and well crafted so when a person has to do some heavy custom work backend and front end Kriesi is the go to guy..Im not puffing..I really mean this I was impressed..:)
    Dan

  • http://toomany Randy Cole

    Kreisi,

    Your work has made me look good. Thanks for putting in those hours and NOT giving up!

    I continue to be a fan of your designs and templates.

  • http://adamhaider.com Adam Haider

    A big congratulations to Chris!

    There’s no much to say that hasn’t already been mentioned, apart from that this is a testament that when you have a passion accompanied with dedication to follow it through great things come out of it.

    As a newcomer to User Interface designing I realise my path is paved with brick-walls, late nights and surrounded by mugs of coffee but what I do know is that this is probably the most exciting industry I can think of that is challenging but always rewarding in the end when what you create serves a purpose and is in high demand.

    I guess I got my work cut out then huh. :-)

  • Joyonto

    Congratulation Kriesi, I am taking you as one of my idols just form this moment :)

  • rulhaf

    you’re amazing man

  • http://themeforest.net/user/2experts 2experts

    Congrats. You are one of my fav author :)

  • http://www.scottwills.co.uk Scott

    Such a wonderful milestone and what a great story. Many congratulations, Kriesi! :-)

  • http://tualternativared.com JavierDesigns

    Very impressive! Congratz, Kriesi… from Puerto Rico

  • http:www.92five.net 92five

    Kriesi = Machine

    Congrats!

  • Mohd

    Congrats, you desrve it mate!

    Hope you are an example for many, super envato man lol

    mojo911

  • http://www.muntzdesigns.com ed

    Thanks for all your hard work and love the new ring :)

  • Haziq

    MOTHER OF GOD! :O

    Congrats Kriesi! You were always an inspiration! ;) All your themes are excellent.

  • http://webdesignhabits.com Joefrey Mahusay

    Congratulations! You’re awesome!

  • http://www.fubonart.com Anoop Kamboj

    Congrats Kriesi !

    We always follow you….

  • http://sneakout.com.au Virtual_hq

    Congratulations, now it’s time to make another mil :-)

  • http://guiwidgets.com guiwidgets

    Congratulations! You are my inspiration … :)

  • http://getbutterfly.com/ Ciprian

    Congratulations Kriesi from a country close to yours. This news is very motivating for all of us, I guess. Makes me consider everything I have on the market and improve it, resubmit it, overhaul it.

    In fact, I’ll start now.

  • http://www.spiralpixel.com Jo

    Fantastic and well deserved too! Your themes are second to none and I can say through experience that your support is absolutely fantastic.
    Well done! :)

  • http://businessprnews.com Aimee

    Awesome, Kriesi!! Congratulation!!! You’re setting an excellent example for many of the youth to follow, and many of those who are hopeless to see hope at the end of their tunnel. No one can tell you that you can’t do it if you put your heart in it. You’re a prime example of a dream came true, a dream of success, a dream of something that seems impossible to achieve, accomplished. Great job, Kriesi!

    I’ll write about this story our BusinessPRnews.com and share the story of your success to our members online.

  • http://themeforest.net/user/Granth GranthWeb

    Congratulation, for the first. Good inspiration for us.
    Thank you!

  • http://wp.envato.com/ Japh

    Congratulations, Kriesi! Absolutely inspiring work, I love your themes and you’re a fantastic example for all marketplace authors.

    Good luck on your next 1,000,000! ;)

  • http://www.smartwebsource.com Naoshad Nayeem

    Wow wow wow.. you should be an example! Great works man.. keep it up! :)

  • http://www.phpfusion.ro/ kneekoo

    Congratulations to Christian and Envato for this important milestone! :) It’s quite inspiring for everyone to pursue their passion and improve their skills while making other people happy as well.

    Good luck reaching the next milestone, whichever that might be. :)

  • http://idealdesigner.net/ Idealdesigner

    “No-one deserves this more than him”
    absolutely true ,
    Congratulations Kriesi,and wish you best of luck

  • http://www.webmencorp.com muraleekris

    congrats! kreisi – i am new to themeforest. surely you are acclaimed as a worlds top web designer. you will be inspirational for many like us. hardwork always pays and reaches to next level.

  • webowner

    Wow ~ Awesome… Congratulations.

    I have used some of your themes and they are really great, you do ‘know what you are doing’ – and I look forward to seeing any new releases.

    Keep up the good work.. Fantastic!

    • webowner

      and… Well Deserved :)

  • http://audiojungle.net/user/ardenwill Willy Arkusha

    Congratulations Christian!
    Bravo! – CONGRATULATIONS! :)
    Good luck to You in 2012 !
    Sincerely, – Willy.

  • George_

    Congratulations! I really admire your work. I also think, this is great news for everyone. I am so happy!

  • http://johnnyrachel.com Johnny711

    Dude I think I was the 1,000,000th purchase. I should get a prize!!!

    Great job bro- I’m a fan of your work!

  • http://www.rodriguezproductions.net Rodriguez Productions

    Wowww!!! Congratulations! this is tooo cool!

    :D

  • http://laranzjoe.blogspot.com lawrence77

    Congratulation Kriesi… ;)

    But i saw that green badge a week before on his profile page, but u celebrate now anyway.. thats super cool…

  • Yongning Liang

    Congratulations! you’re my hero!

  • http://activeden.net/user/Innovation/portfolio Vijay

    Many many Congratulations. Really great achievement.

  • Josh Sprague

    Simply amazing! I plan on telling this great story at bed time for my kids :)

  • http://graphicriver.net/ greedybrown

    You have always been my inspiration. Congrats!

  • http://www.960development.com AceeBaBa

    Impressive! and inspirational Congratz. Man.

  • http://twitter.com/dianagraphics Diana

    holy sh* congratulations! maybe in the future will be a power elite woman, since there are only male here :P

  • http://www.rolandgroza.com Roland

    Congratz :D

  • http://quadcodes.com QuadCodes

    Congrats Kriesi ! SuperHero…….

  • http://www.videohive.net/user/miseld?ref=miseld Misel D.

    Big Congrats Kriesi!

  • http://www.izdelava-logotipa.si Igor

    Congratulations Kriesi! Wow, it is incredible what opportunities the Web and Envato offers!

  • http://learn.barnstonestudios.com Aladine

    Good for you Kriesi. That ring is so bad-ass. Congrats. Thanks for giving us all hope and inspiring us to push push push ourselves.

  • http://livelyworks.net LivelyWorks

    Congratulations!! Congratulations!! Congratulations!!

    Really Inspirational!! :)

  • http://www.revesilk.com/silk-sheets/ silk sheets

    Congratulations! $1,000,000

  • http://swasticdesigns.com Ujamshi Khandla

    Congratulations, and get double in next 3yrs.

  • http://www.nutariga-wanta.com rolexreplica

    Congrats !!!! only him can do masterpieces
    not possible find a developer like him ! All the best for Kriesi

  • http://carrero.es David Carrero

    Congratulations. GReat work.

  • http://www.enemyofaverage.com Enemy of Average

    Yep. Well done Kriesi!

    Awesome themes, cant wait to see you reach $2m! Good luck!!

  • http://www.jeffadams.co.uk Jeff Adams

    Super well done mate, can’t say anything that other people haven’t already said.

    True inspiration. Well done.

  • http://www.snilesh.com Nilesh Shiragave

    Congrats Kriesi. You have always been my inspiration. Congrats!

  • http://entienda.cl Daniel

    Congrats Kriesi

  • http://blog.vamapaull.com vamapaull

    Wow!! That’s amazing!
    Congratulations!

  • Christina

    Congrats, Kriesi! Absolutely well desereved!

    I’ve purchased from you nearly all your themes – and I love all of them!

    I love your clean and modern designs, the features of them, always up-to-date – and your forum, that you accompany all buyers concerning all questions around your themes!

    Thanks a lot, Kriesi!

    Glückwunsch, Christian, hast es dir mehr als verdient!
    Deine Themes sind einfach nicht zu toppen – das klare, moderne Design, immer up-to-date in ihren Features – und natürlich das Forum, wo jeder, der Fragen zu den Themes hat, immer schnellstmöglichst Antwort bekommt.

    Danke!

  • http://www.mecc-design.com MeccDesign

    GREAT DUDE!
    Good luck for the future_

  • http://tutspress.com Ashley

    congrats kriesi! you awesome!

  • http://d2tstudio.com derry birkett

    Well done Kriesi! You are an inspiration.. Keep up the good work! You’ve inspired me to start theming myself – it makes so much sense – and no clients telling us to “make the logo bigger” – beautiful! It’s a winner all round.

  • Cgpation

    Congratulation buddy, u deserve it :) we’ll be the next.. I hope so

  • Jonathan

    Congrats man! you deserve it, keep doing great projects.

  • http://www.marcodesiato.it Marco Desiato

    Congratulations Kriesi!

  • http://1000mest.tv 1000mest

    It abruptly the guy! I wish to reach 2 million! I congratulate!

  • http://tutsplus.com David Appleyard

    Congratulations Kriesi — It’s an amazing milestone!

  • http://www.doitflash.com Hadi Tavakoli

    very cool. congrats man :)

  • http://www.redworx.at redWORX :: Creative Media

    Gratulation Kriesi! Schöne Grüsse aus Österreich!

  • http://graphicriver.net?ref=OFFI OFFI

    What a moment!
    One wonders what has more value. A poker bracelet or ring of Power Elite? Congratulations and keep it up! ROCKSTAR

  • Adiey

    You are GREAT man….well done!

  • http://www.philohermans.com Philo Hermans

    Congrats Kriesi! :)

  • http://www.doortoweb.net Abhishek

    Excellent work friend . . . congrats

  • http://www.ltv.ro ClementN

    Congrats Kriesi!

    That’s great achievement!!

  • http://www.studiodesignz.com Ibrahim

    Congrats!! Lovely..!

  • http://www.web-actually.fr William

    Congratz’ !

    Great Theme, Great design : You’re doing it right ^^

  • Altaf

    congrats buddy :)

  • http://talkingsheep.be Samo Drole

    Conratz!!

  • http://robertojorge.com Roberto Jorge

    Congratulations Kriesi !!! :) Great work you have developed… Truly an inspiration to all marketplace authors.

  • http://www.ilove2design.at John

    Jesus Christ! :D

    Gratuliere Kriesi!

  • http://lisacolemusic.com Lisa Cole

    That’s amazing! Congratulations : )

  • http://ofwkuwait.net karl

    WOW! This is very inspiring! Congratulations!

  • e8j1osla

    i want to surpass this guy, some day for sure hahaha

  • http://www.pixelmonarchy.com Mariusz Zawistowicz

    Impressive! Great achievement.
    Congratulation, Kriesi!

  • http://www.starsmedia.com Guntram Bechtold

    Gratulation! Ein erfolgreiches Startup aus Europa!

  • http://www.vivid.in.th vivid

    Congratulations :)

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  • # Alex

    Congratulations!!! You are the Man :D

  • Umar

    Kreisi the “HERO”

  • http://action-andi.com Andreas Wilmer

    Congratulations dude.
    Nice to see that good work will rewarded.

  • http://rockingfans.com Naresh Chennuri

    Very Much Inspired….. :)

    Proud to Congratulate you…

  • http://www.writers-site.com Joe Jenkins (WP3)

    All I can say is congratulations but, probably more important to you, is that you have inspired me to take that next step and improve on my WordPress theme skills and get some onto the Marketplace.

  • Sticker

    Hearty Congratulations mate!

  • graphicjungle

    Kriesi, absolutely brilliant, loved your work… we stand really motivated with the remarkable achievement..
    all the very best for you future milestone… :)

  • Registereds

    Congrats Kriesi! :-)

  • http://www.siracel.com siracel

    That’s amazing really! Congratulations Kriesi!

  • http://www.flashden.blogspot.com/ Ravi Allam

    Congratulations Kriesi !
    You’ve been an inspiration to so many of members, and to us personally! :)

  • http://dapurhosting.com kurniawan

    awesome….
    congratulations!

  • http://www.chrisomlor.com Chris Omlor

    Congrats Kriesi, always a huge fan of your themes. Look forward to what you create next year.

  • http://www.ariona.net Rian Ariona

    Congrats Kriesi!! you are the man!!

  • webcadre

    well deserved !!

    keep it up master !

  • http://www.geniuzdesigns.de g3niuz

    BÄÄÄÄM…
    congrats Kriesi…

    now the next million ;D

  • Marcin (JoeBlack1978)

    As a big fan of your worx – CONGRATULATIONS!

  • http://www.eisy.eu eisy

    Congrats man!!! :-)

  • http://www.hellowordpress.com Yoyo

    Congratulations Kriesi i’m fan of your work.

  • http://selenier.com Leodor

    Congrats Kriesi! :)

  • ygroup

    congrats

  • Christopher

    You did it dude ! This is a really inspiration !

  • http://www.kipfx.com Kip

    Dude, a massive well done, this is an awesome milestone, I know I have bought your themes and will continue to. It has to be worth it just for the ring! Kudos man, kudos!

  • http://audiojungle.net/user/Max-Fax/portfolio Max-Fax

    Congratulations man! keep it up

  • Frank

    Nice inspiration, keep up the good work man!

  • http://www.nikinphaser.com NikiN

    Congratulations :)

  • http://ac@adesign.es Alain Corulla

    Congratulations from Menorca.

    Thanks, Thanks!!

  • http://kevinpy.fr Kevin Py

    Congratulations for you works.

  • http://jarriermodrow.com Jarrier Modrow

    Congratulations!

  • http://3docean.net/user/amardeep Amardeep

    Congratulationsssssss!!! Wish you more success!

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  • http://bit.ly/artnook artnook

    Congratulations Kriesi ;)

  • http://www.preisjaeger.de Daniel

    Super gemacht Kriesi, auch unser Theme baut auf deinem Newscast Theme auf!

    Mach weiter so…

  • http://www.mrjarvis.com jiawei

    Great and Congrats!

    I’ve done credits for this $1M :)

  • EvGreen

    Hehe well deserved man, much love. Btw the ring is pretty awesome :)

  • http://modification-blog.blogspot.com/ Hendriono

    Congratulations Kriesi

  • http://www.agunbiade.com Joseph Jones Agunbiade

    Congratulations man!

  • http://designeRodriguez.com Amanda

    Christian, you are such an inspiration to all of us! God Bless.

  • http://www.BillionaireBay.com BillionaireBay

    I’m glad to be part of this success for being a fan who bought constantly your artwork :p
    Go on! & again, thanks for your art & all your releases.
    You deserve the best & same to Envato team, who made it all of this can be.

  • http://www.thowzif.in Thowzif

    Thanks for the great inspiration. Truly you are a legend.

  • Olga

    Congratulations

  • http://www.euged.com David (Eugo)

    Congrats Kriesi, a huge achievement. =)

  • http://designmodo.com Adrian

    Congratulation! good job :)

  • http://weddig-keutel.de/blog/ Carsten

    congrats, what a nice winner story!

  • MartijndeBont

    Awesome, congrats!! Nice interview :-)

  • http://codecanyon.net/user/Graphic-Spark/portfolio?ref=graphic-spark Tom Phillips

    Congratulations Kriesi! Such inspiration.

  • behnam

    Congratulations

  • http://www.sixthsensemarketing.com.au/ Bradley

    Amazing work Kriesi, congratulations!

  • http://premitheme.com Ahmed (premitheme)

    Congrats man! this is awesome :)

  • Lucas

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.wheelsanddeals.ca Dave

    Congratulations. After reading your interview it comes as no surprise as to why you succeeded. I hope your story server as an inspiration to many other talented artists here who follow in your footsteps. Good on you!

  • http://www.wheelsanddeals.ca Dave

    Congratulations. After reading your interview it comes as no surprise as to why you succeeded. I hope your story serves as an inspiration to many other talented artists here who follow in your footsteps. Good on you!

  • http://www.solvium.de/ Jan

    Congrats Kriesi!

  • gorbio

    Congrats!

  • http://www.paulogalvaofilmes.com.br Paulo Galvao

    Congratulations!!!! Keep it up!!!

  • http://www.serenitysoft.com/ Ryan J. Peterson

    Congratulations Kriesi and Envato for this momentous achievement!

  • http://mediaworkx.co.uk JimPatrick

    Well done buddy I adimre your work and you deserve this very much. Xmas came early for you hahahaha.

    Blessings.

  • http://danfuh.de Daniel

    Congratulations!

  • http://community.presscrew.com/ Bowe Frankema

    Congratz Kriesli! The first theme I bought for a client was from you.. It’s still running today, and the design still holds up fine. Your designs and customer support have greatly inspired to pursue a career in freelance Webdesign and that in turn has changed my life for the good. Thank you!

  • Chris

    Hey!

    Congratulations big man! You deserve the success, well done.

    Big Bambi x

  • http://buscatweets.com marc

    Wann immer ich will so sein wie du.. lol

    Congrats.

  • http://www.manwithvanhire.co.uk Man and Van

    gr8 work. I have bought many themes from themforest and realy admire hard work that people do here.

    Without any hardcore knowledge of web designing , i found all your work easy to use and help was also gr8.

  • http://ginva.com/ Ginva

    Congratulations Kriesi! What an inspiring interview!

  • http://twobrains.eu Dave – TwoBrains

    Herzlichen Glueckwunsch Kriesi!

    Du hast ganze Arbeit geleistet und bist wirklich ein Vorbild fuer uns alle – Vor Allem weil du allen Kraft und Mut gibts ihrer Kreativitaet freien Lauf zu lassen und der Welt zu zeigen was in Einem steckt!

    Weiterhin alles alles Gute und mach weiter so! ;)

    Dave

  • Monika

    Congrats Kriesi! What a great milestone! Keep it up. :)

  • T.C. Parker

    Congratulations. What an accomplishment!

  • http://www.aangenaammakelaardij.nl Erik Bangert

    Congratulations Kriesi, no wonder that you came this far. Using one of your themes for quite some time now, excellent!!

  • http://bdrong.com Aminul Islam

    Congratulations Kriesi – what a nice winner story!

  • http://www.markakentmedya.com Yavuz Aslan

    Congrats Kriesi! Keep UP!

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  • http://www.sisak.info cyberhrc

    well deserved

  • http://www.chrisrcampbell.com/ Chris Campbell

    That is awesome! Keep up the good work.

  • sen7

    congrats, Kriesi!

  • http://phpexe.co.uk PHPEXE

    Inspiring work dude thanks :)

  • http://www.jamesthew.com James

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.winpt.com Miguel Patricio

    Congratulations Kriese, continues the excellent work that we are here to buy them and sort. We are always following him. Cheers!

  • http://koyima.com/blog kostas

    Awesome!

  • Muzikizum

    Congrats! Kries° Keep it up!!!

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  • http://quickwebcreations.com Bill

    Uh, a million what!? U gotta be freakin’ kiddin’ me ;) lol – nice work – K!

  • http://kingdomlifemedia.com Jeremy B.

    amazing!

  • http://www.mindsix.com/ Steve Mindsix

    Congrats Kriesi! Really great achievement.

  • http://www.tassawii.en.ma TASSAWII

    Congrats man ;)

  • http://www.fabricandoweb.com.br Luiz Diego (Brazil)

    Congratulations!!! God bless you

  • http://www.themedium.co.za SteHan

    Damn Dude. Congratulations. You made it. Keep up the awesomeness! ;-)

  • http://notorious-design.com Ian Douglas

    A fabulous achievement, and an inspiration to all of us! Well done indeed, and good luck in the future

  • http://www.qoeme.com cmarinos

    Awesome Dude. Great example for the rest of us.

  • MusicToSuit

    WOW ….. this is really amazing , congratulations man !

  • cj

    inspiring stuff dude! congrats!

  • http://izithemes.com Nguyen Duc

    Hi,Congratulations. You are my idol.

  • Diego Darlan

    Congratulations!

  • http://tumblr.mrxxiv.com Terrence Campbell

    You are my inspiration. Most congrats and I hope to one day do as much as you do now. :D

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/AlesTemple Alex

    Congratulations!

  • http://videohive.net/user/smail/portfolio smail

    Congrat ! Very happy for you success !

  • http://www.rosa.pe Divena

    Hi Kriesi – Gratuliere zu Deinem Erfolg! Das macht auf jeden Fall Mut für uns anderen, die noch einen (sehr) weiten Weg bis dahin vor uns haben…!

    Grüsse vom Sommer Perus in den Schnee Österreichs…

  • http://www.zettabrasil.com.br Wilson C. Savegnago

    Parabéns…

    Falo por todos os brasileiros que compraram seus produtos!

    abç

    Wilson Cesar Savegnago
    ZettaBrasil

  • http://codecanyon.net/user/fayway fayway

    THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!

  • http://www.sigaspot.com SiGa

    Herzliche Gratulation aus dem Ländle – da könnte man ja fast Nationalstolz entwickeln! ;-)

  • http://thatgraphicguy.com ryan

    Keep up the great work! Congrats!

  • http://pro-ecovers.com Paulo

    Man, CONGRATULATIONS!

    I don´t know you but I´m happy for you.

    I know it didn´t come easy and you paid the price.

    Look forward to hear of your future successes.

    Keep the good work. .)

  • http://binggos.com Rupam

    Congrats :)

  • http://ddwb.me/autobahn David Decker

    Servus from Germany, Kriesi!
    Congrats to this milestone – enjoy it! Keep up your awesome work!
    -Dave :)

  • http://themeforest.net/user/bluenila bluenila

    Congrats Dude, You are my inspiration….

    Keep up the good work..

  • Greg

    Congrats! Keep up the amazing work!

  • http://healthpromotionlive.com Michaela Conley

    Wow, congratulations… and you can really, honestly say… thanks a million! that’s awesome!!!

  • http://MyQuest4Freedom.wordpress.com Pat

    Congrats! A true inspiration.

  • http://kingdomtalent.com kingobee

    Bro… congrats!!

  • http://joelmturner.com Joel Turner

    Nice work! Keep up the awesome themes!

  • Teba

    Woow , Fantastic!!

  • Razvan John

    Congratulations Kriesi

  • http://daxisdesign.com Jessica Lee

    Congrats, Kriesi! I’ve been a customer at ThemeForest for almost 2 years now and your WordPress themes and great customer service have always impressed me.

  • Npeterczar

    Congratulations Kriesi! Thanks for your work! You always do your best.

  • Holly W

    thanks for your inspiration. i have a couple of your templates and it makes me (who doesnt know a whole lot) look great! thanks for your hard work. i like your templates alot

  • http://www.sitebuilder.ws Scott

    Super Freakin Cool! Congrats, keep up the amazing work!

  • http://www.caliberfitness.com Melvin “Vince” Goodrum

    He’s the man, when it comes to themes, he’s the first person I go to. He does great work and his themes don’t look like crap and I’ll definitely be ordering from him again for future projects.

  • http://graphicriver.net/user/loswl?ref=loswl loswl

    Congratulations on this milestone!! You do good work!! :)

  • http://www.jaskni.com JASKNi

    you r really awesome! man!!

  • http://Sarlanga.com Bauty

    Todo Bien, te Felicito un Monton, pero la cara de gil no te la quita nadie …. Abrazooooo.

  • http://www.adventpixel.com Frank

    Great work! what a milestone..

  • mohammed6651

    congrats man :)

  • Skeptical

    I don’t believe this. They are claiming $1million dollars made not 1million items sold. If you look at his item numbers (amount sold and price of each item), it doesn’t add up. Whatever.

    • Sam Swenson

      The title says “First Author to Sell,” not make.

  • http://audiojungle.net/user/Solidbeats Stefan Gustafsson

    Congrats man, totally unreal amount of sales! :)

  • http://halucinated.com Steve

    You are inspiration at it’s finest. CONGRATS!

  • http://www.stockfuel.com Brian Weck

    Awesome work, have used a few of your themes myself!

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  • SMerryweather

    Nice to see an inspirational article about success.

  • Matija

    That’s so cool! Congrats!

  • http://www.coghi.com.br Paulo Coghi

    Congratulations!!! See you there!

  • Matt

    Congrats to you! Nothing better than working for yourself.

  • Jesus

    Simply amazing!

    Congratulations and keep doing your great job!

  • http://rndlab.org Ranui Samuels

    Huge congrats bro!

    One of the good guys wins – keep it up, and thanks for the inspiration.

  • DDGConsultant

    Congrats on the milestone… Your templates are impressive. Keep up the great work and designs.

  • http://www.salongas.com Kyle

    Keep up the great work!

  • http://assadotcom.blogspot.com/ assadotcom

    Congratulations!!! You Rock Kriesi ^_^

  • http://www.tutorialchip.com/ dreammaker

    #1
    Hurray!
    Really Cool!
    You Did It!
    Great Work!
    Congratulations! So happy to hear your news!

  • http://www.andygcook.com Andy

    Congratulations!

  • http://thewpwonderwoman.com Farrah Albertie

    Congrats!

  • http://www.demstudio.com.ar Dem

    I am proud of you. And more proud is that i’ve been one of your buyers!!!! heheh!

    Nice!

    Cheers from Argentina.

    Dem

  • http://themeforest.net/user/LuckyStuff LuckyStuff

    You’re such an inspiration to me. Thank You.

  • http://the-new-generation.nl g.roos

    Excellent work friend . . . congrats

  • snip

    Congratulations Kriesi !!!!!!!

  • Robert

    I wonder if Kriesi have any other sources of revenue other than themes. (i.e. web apps, wordpress plugins, ebooks, etc.)

    • Steve

      I think he has a website called “givester”… But don’t know about that much…

  • http://www.themecatcher.net ThemeCatcher

    Well done, We’ve been following you since 2008 and I could see the fine tuning that went into your themes from then until now. Great work and inspirational work too!

    When will you change your profile thumbnail? lol :)

    ThemeCatcher.net

  • http://www.tohidgolkar.com Tohid Golkar

    Bravo Man! Congratulation.

  • http://roqstar.net/ Sean Wichert Sr.

    Congratulations brother. Thanks for letting me list your files on Adobe Exchange back in the day.

    Sean Sr.

  • Carlor

    Congratulations.
    In order to maintain your sales trend, you should improved the backend options. The style is perfect. :)

  • NBDanTE

    congratulation, keep it up man

  • http://tomakefast.com PJ Brunet

    Nice post. I’m following you on Twitter now ;-)

  • Jan

    Love your work and keep enjoying what you are creating.

  • Matias

    Congrats!!!!

    This interview is really inspirational.

    (silently kicks himself in his lazy butt for meaning to design and upload to themeforest and not doing it since 2008)

    :)

  • http://www.rund-ums-netz.de Frank

    Sehr cool, weiter so!!!! ;-)

    Viele Grüße aus Deutschland!

  • @VictorLourng

    Job well done! :)

  • http://zulhfreelancer.com Zulhilmi Zainudin

    Good job dude!

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  • http://www.aurarinoa.it AuraRinoa

    Kriesiiiii the Best ever!!!!! :D
    And he’s good-looking too 8)))

  • http://www.beaenea.com Aenea

    Your are the best!!!

    ¡¡ FELICIDADES !!

  • http://krontm.deviantart.com Eli Isakov

    Well first of all congratulations. My college professor is telling me the same thing he told you…but its Designers like you that motivate me :) you’re showing that you can still make money and do the job you love :)

  • http://www.st-barthvideolive.com Nyto

    Super boulot, Je t’adresse mes meilleurs congratulations venant d’un client Français de St-Barthélemy ;)

  • http://www.mediadivinitydesign.com Adeniyi Moses Adetola

    Congrats, I’m inspired by your hard work. God bless you richly.

  • http://www.generation-jwebdesigns.freeiz.com Yoel Gonzalez

    Awesome job Kriesi Keep doing what you love! :)

  • http://www.generation-jwebdesigns.freeiz.com Yoel Gonzalez

    Awesome Job Kriesi….. Keep doing what you Love :)

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  • http://twitter.com/jordan_mcnamara Jordan McNamara

    Congrats Kriesi! You already know how I feel about your accomplishments :P

    Jordan

  • Jonathan Frakes

    Wow, great illustration!

  • carmenangerer

    Love the photo of you with the Power Elite Ring. Very badass!

  • http://proctorhall.com Lauren

    Congratulations Kriesi. I admire your hard work and persistence. You’re a model for every freelancer out there.

  • http://pixert.com Kate Mag

    Congrats, Kriesi. You deserve that ring! looked good on you :)
    Can’t wait to see themes from you in 2012

  • http://www.outdoor-inn.de Tobias

    Congrats!
    Great Work :o)

  • Manish Chiniwalar

    Wow! Great going. Wish you more success next near. :)

  • http://curtisaallen.com curtisaallen

    Congratulations Kriesi !

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  • Tiago

    Congrats! You’re the man!

  • Jay

    MAD respect for this designer. Congratulations on your huge accomplishment!

  • http://www.webdesignfl.org Chris Quinn

    Seriously, nice job! That is awesome being able to work on your own. I certainly love Themeforest.net and the whole Envato family. Thanks everyone!

  • http://www.yaaaaaaa.com Lyman Lai

    Learn a lot from Kriesi! Thanks!

  • http://www.fridaymedia.nl Rob

    Congrats! Keep up the good job!

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  • http://anl4u.com Arif

    Many Many congratulations!

  • Willy

    Good luck in the New Year!

  • http://visumdesignz.com/index.html Springfield Web Design

    Kriesi is a big inspiration to my web design, I am working on designs for clients and personal sites, trying to perfect my craft. One day I would like to create templates and sell them on envato. It’s guys like this who give guys like me much inspiration and hope.

    Congratulations :)

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  • AndyR

    Congratulations Kriesi ! This in three years, where next? Enjoy it, you deserve it man.

  • http://www.creativehareen.me Hareen

    Congratulations Kriesi….! I think you are the great role model… for all of us (Designers / Programmers).

  • skimbo

    wow that is awesome, congrats to everyone, envato for being perceptive enough to realize the potential of creating a new virtual economy, the opportunities this presents, an alternative to the 9-5 for those in the developed world and a serious lifeline for those in under developed nations, encouraging the rise of the self employed entrepreneurs the world over.

    And congrats to Kriesi for being such an integral part of each of your successes.

    Might have to start submitting some files instead of just buying them ! :)

    p.s
    under
    “How does it feel to have sold over $1,000,000 of items?”
    i think there is typo?

    You guys at Envato get your well deserved junk for marketing and for the great infrastructure you provide,

    should be

    You guys at Envato get your well deserved chunk for marketing and for the great infrastructure you provide,

    A well deserved chunk it is!

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  • http://azblogtips.com Tinh

    I can just say WOW! Congrats and your face looks very much like Mark Mullenweg – the founder of WP :-)

  • Humberto J

    Congratulations.

    saludos desde Guadalajara, Mx

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  • http://azmind.com Anli

    Congratulations Kriesi! You’re an inspiration. Good luck!

  • http://64themes.com Neil

    This time next year I hope to have done a quarter of that! :)

    Fair play, well done!

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  • http://www.wpreviewlab.com Wil Webs

    Now that Peerapong is the second author to become a Power Elite Ring bearer, I just had to know who was first! Congratulations, Kriesi. Keep those great themes coming!

  • Petr

    Congratulations Kriesi ! Your success is well deserved! :-)

  • http://www.bigbrotherlivefeeds.net Big Brother

    Great Job & Congratulations! Kriesi
    You truly are an inspiration!….

  • Sony

    Kriesi you are look very smart…

  • http:www.chetaru.com Chetena

    Congrats!

    I am a newbie here and I think I am joining this market place very late.
    But better late than never!

    Guys like you are inspiration to many.

  • http://www.radiobase.info/ Radio Base

    Congratulations!

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  • nayel

    Congratulations!

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  • http://antik.web.id Agung Wiseso

    Congratulations Kriesi. You are the best Author on Evanto network.. ;-)

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  • http://hangonpeople.com/ Gagandeep Singh

    Amazing work… Congratulations….

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  • Muhammad Hammad

    Congrates Man, You are an inspiratiion for all envato members.

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  • Ander

    Great, you’re my inspiration, I’ll start my work soon :)

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  • http://abelreview.com Abel Ligas

    Congratulations!
    I hope I can do something as you :)

  • http://www.cpanelbuzz.com Pardeep Kumar

    Congratulation! My Friend But I Will Beat You Yo Yo Pk LE LE.

  • Steve

    Well done Kriesi and well done envato

  • http://www.neo-serv.net Gostovanje Neo-Serv

    Congratulations man! We’re practically neighbors (Slovenia here) :)

  • http://www.magikcommerce.com/ Ashish @Magento Themes

    It’s such an inspiring story, out of nowhere with sheer commitment Kriesi was able to do 2M+ in few year. Many start-ups don’t even reach that milestone or take rather long path to reach there. Success stories like these are truly inspiring.