"To Lift Up Others Through Education"
Aug 26, 2001
Chris goes off the grid
Chris graduates college, becomes nomadic for a 10 year climbing, Alaskan dog mushing, and journey of leadership development and self discovery
Oct 15, 2001
Thomas writes his first line of code
Thomas started writing HTML code on loose leaf paper before most people even cared about having a website.
Nov 6, 2007
Chris takes his first online course and is changed forever
While caretaking a house for the winter Chris takes his first online course, a productivity course by Eben Pagan. He transforms into a person with elite personal productivity habits and falls in love with the information product industry
Feb 5, 2008
Chris launches first online business and it FAILS
Chris hires a programmer in Russia to build a green business directory web app and the project goes nowhere
Oct 28, 2008
Thomas lands his first web development client
Thomas convinces his future father in law to buy his web development services for their business.
Jan 4, 2009
Chris discovers WordPress
Chris teaches himself WordPress by watching YouTube videos and builds his first WordPress website ... a blog about outdoor leadership
Oct 20, 2011
Badgett Media launches
Chris becomes a WordPress website building freelancer available for hire. Badgett media is formed as a side hustle, and Chris sells his first website service package to a real estate developer for $300.
Sep 22, 2012
Thomas publishes his first book of poetry
Thomas publishes his first full-length poetry collection called I Don't Mind if You're Feeling Alone with publisher YesYes Books.
Dec 3, 2012
Thomas quits his 9-5 web development job
After compounding stress, Thomas resigns and decides to make his own career path.
Dec 10, 2012
Thomas forms his web development agency called codeBOX focusing on custom website development and advanced marketing automation for Infusionsoft customers. The first customer was a legal educator.
Dec 16, 2012
Chris launches first online course on Udemy
Chris challenges himself to launch an online course on Udemy in one day about one of his favorite skills ... cooking omelets.
Aug 2, 2014
Badgett Media and codeBOX merge
Chris and Thomas decide to stop being independent contractors for each other's companies and join forces as one company.
Jun 15, 2014
The LifterLMS product idea born
Based on client demand and the team's interest and experience in courses and membership sites, codeBOX partners decide to create a WordPress LMS product.
Sep 17, 2014
LMScast podcast launches
Episode 1 of the LifterLMS podcast launches to listeners worldwide to help course creators and WordPress LMS website builders succeed.
Oct 14, 2014
LifterLMS launches to the public
After being used on client websites, LifterLMS rolls out for anyone to use as a WordPress plugin to power their online course or membership website.
Jan 5, 2015
LifterLMS Facebook group born
The seeds of what would later become a massive online community started with Chris making posts that only a few people would see.
Nov 8, 2016
codeBOX closes client services offering
codeBOX sunsets client services department to bring full focus and energy on being a product company with LifterLMS.
Oct 11, 2016
LifterLMS 3.0 & Universe Bundle launches
LifterLMS changes the business model from offering add-ons only to a bundle option while also revolutionizing the industry with their new course builder interface.
Nov 12, 2016
LifterLMS crosses 1,000 customer milestone
After 26 months of hard work investing in the LifterLMS project the customer base surges across 1,000 active subscriptions.
Apr 23, 2017
Software trial platform debuts
LifterLMS releases a demo site trial service to allow people to try the suite of software tools to help with the purchasing decision.
Oct 9, 2017
Course building from one screen rolls out
LifterLMS launches it's innovative course builder, revolutionizing how courses are built on a WordPress website.
Oct 9, 2017
Infinity Bundle software package transforms the WordPress LMS industry
The Infinity Bundle launches charting a course and software add-on package for the most all-in-one technology solution for course builders and people building training based membership websites with WordPress.
Sep 5, 2018
200th episode of LMScast podcast takes the airwaves
Our niche podcast continues to introduce valuable experts and their ideas and stories to growth minded education entrepreneurs worldwide.
Jan 1, 2019
LifterLMS brand refreshes
Heading into the last year of the decade LifterLMS polishes their brand with a new logo and updated assets.
Oct 14, 2019
LifterLMS celebrates 5 year anniversary
Happy birthday LifterLMS!
We care about our community. Everything we do demonstrates our ability and commitment to listen, understand, and serve our people. Inside our company we foster and demand a community of diversity, inclusion and respect.
We are in the friction removal business. Everything we do is focused on removing friction so our users can accelerate their mission and vision.
We have a growth mindset, and we do the work to improve with an open mind. So do our customers.
Learner Results First
We believe in not just creating information products. We help education entrepreneurs facilitate learner results and lasting transformation.
We value leadership. Taking responsibility and ownership of results and relationships is what we do as a software company and what our customers do for their learners.
Communicating effectively is the backbone of how we work, and we help education entrepreneurs communicate better as well. We believe that the clarity of conversation is in direct correlation to the quality of results and transformation.
Meet the LifterLMS Team
The LifterLMS core team is a passionate group of online educators and technologists.
Founder & CEO
Chris started learning about online education on a glacier in Alaska. He's created courses on everything from organic gardening to wood working. He is passionate about helping other entrepreneurial educators find success and create impact.
Founder & CTO
Thomas is a self-taught programmer, a published poet, and he takes his mediocre amateur-level competitive weightlifting very seriously. He's the architect and lead developer of LifterLMS.
Natalie has been WordPress developer for a little over a year, getting her start with WPFusion. She works with customer support for LifterLMS, combining her new skills with years of customer service experience. In her spare time she’s a writes fiction and obsesses over her cat, Kitty Rick.
Will works with WordPress and LifterLMS websites. He is a course creator and entrepreneur who is also one of the LifterLMS Experts. He enjoys playing the card game Magic the Gathering.
Kurt Von Ahnen
Kurt is a retired motorcycle road racer turned competitive cyclist. He uses his leadership experience and training to add value to other speakers and businesses looking to get online. As a published author, accomplished corporate trainer and curriculum developer, it was the culture of LifterLMS that attracted him as a client… so much so they added him to the team.
Rocco is a WordPress developer. He bumped into LifterLMS while looking for the perfect solution for his girlfriend's courses website. It was love at first sight, with LifterLMS, of course. When not busy torturing their two cats with the sound of his guitar, he mostly works on maintenance and development of LifterLMS.
James' love of programming began in the days of 8-bit microprocessors. Technology and coding have come a long way since then, and with that much experience, James still loves the art of solving problems. He entered the eLearning world in 2001 at a PBS station sending data files through the airwaves on unused bandwidth. In his spare time, you can find him playing Roblox with his son or driving spiritedly in his Tesla.