A big congratulations to the entire team at Automattic for launching a brand new version of WordPress.com today. It’s the culmination of 18 months of work, built on a completely new tech stack, and an example of how big of a job it is to reinvent yourself when you’re in the middle of running a service for millions of people.
Update: Om has a great post with further details.
I never thought I’d reblog a cat humor post, but hey, this made me laugh:
Because of my work at Automattic, I often get asked questions about distributed companies. The idea of organizing a company so that employees can work from anywhere in the world is clearly gaining steam. When a company is distributed, functions that are traditionally office centric, like meetings, job interviews, or all hands, get reinvented to happen online and offices become optional in the process. Geographic limitations fall away and teams can collaborate in new ways that fully embrace a global talent pool. Automattic is now around 400 distributed employees strong and continues to help blaze the trail for this new way of working together. Here’s a collection of articles that dive into various aspects of running a company like Automattic:
A great David Brooks talk about the importance of character and a great Longnow podcast about the rebounding of nature.
(hat tips to Lars and Diane)
A beautiful post by Matt about the first 10 years of Automattic.
Snapshots from walking the dogs at Fort Funston – a place that makes me grateful that we live in San Francisco.