To me this is HUGE news in the PHP World.
If you are in the PHP community and don’t know PHP|A, then you have been missing out. I learned about them when I decided I HAD to grow and improve my skillset. I was a sole developer that was stuck. I wanted to be better, but to do so, you have to work with better people than you are. So I set out a goal of learning things, and luckily enough I kind of knew what I was looking to learn. Part of my whole speech about needing to know what you don’t know.
PHP|A offers a magazine (used to be in print, maybe again soon?), books, trainings, and conferences. The conferences are what first drew me in. I attended TEK-X, back in May of 2010 and thus start of the new me. Within 2 years, I completely transformed myself for the better, and made some huge life changing decisions.
I met all of the members of Musketeers.me while on my new quest. I met @EliW first at Tek-X, and while he won’t remember it, I certainly do. I got to hang out with a large group of people in his room playing Rock Band until late in the night. I was very shy that year, and stayed to myself. I met the rest of the team (@omerida, @SandyS1, and @kevinbruce) this year at Tek12. I talked with them way more than I thought I would have, and it was a great experience.
The Musketeers were the team behind MojoLive.com, until funding ran out and the backers pulled the plug. At least this is how I interpreted the story. They decided they liked working together and formed a new company called Musketeers.met.
This is a great story for potential PHP startups. I am looking forward to what comes of all of the changes at PHP|A. Will the conferences continue? If so, will they be as good as they were, or better? Congratulations GUYS!!!