Adii Pienaar announced earlier this afternoon that WooThemes has hired Mike Jolley and Jay Koster, and will be forking the Jigoshop e-commerce plugin (which we’ve covered) to become WooCommerce, their long awaited e-commerce offering.
WooThemes worked in collaboration with Jolley and Koster in the past to release FaultPress and SupportPress, two themes designed for tracking bugs and support tickets. Jolley and Koster will now head up a new division within WooThemes called WooLabs, where new services and products will be dreamed up. As Pienaar described:
Jay & Mike will head up this team and they will be contributing some of their agility in rolling out things on a more regular basis, whilst the rest of the WooTeam continues to design, develop & support new themes. They will also continue their development of some new application / niche themes and the next theme (only Pipeline for now) is already in the works.
Miniraffe will be one of the first WooLabs projects, as WooThemes has acquired it and will use it to release plugins in the future. Miniraffe was teased not long ago by Pienaar, and we previewed it before it launched.
Jolley and Koster will be working on WooCommerce, which is sleighed for released in September. The announcement also mentioned a new employee named Scott who will assist with theme support in their forums.
Jolly and Koster developed Jigoshop for their previous employer, Jigowatt. They are now leaving Jigowatt to join WooThemes and continue development of the plugin under its new (forked) title, WooCommerce.
Have you used Jigoshop in the past? What do you think of WooThemes forking it and continuing development on it as WooCommerce?