On August, 24th, 2009, I posted the following on this very site:
Today is the most beautiful of days. I’m not talking about the weather, but about a feeling that is currently impregnating every single fiber of my professional being. See, today marks the beginning of my trial phase (contractor) as Automattic‘s newest full-time systems wrangler.
I became employee #40-something (of now 259) as of September 21st that year, and in that span, I was part of the following teams (listing employees still with us today):
- Systems, with Barry, Demitrious & Pyry.
- Short stint as the “special projects” guy, before we started being big enough to have teams.
- NUX (WordPress.com signup, new users experience, domains, etc), with Nikolay.
- Janitorial (internal tools), with Andy, Matt, MT, Nick & Rose.
- Triton (WordPress.com UX), with Andy (again), Bob, Greg & Payton.
- Team I/O (APIs & partnerships), with Kat, Kelly, Joey & Justin.
- DotOrg (WordPress core development), with Alex, Andrea, Andrew, Cami, Ian, Jen, Jerry, Konstantin, Mark & Ryan.
There is nothing I would change about the last 5 years. I’ve met incredible people, worked on amazing projects, traveled to fabulous locations, all while trying to democratize publishing, change the way people work, and be the best dad/person I can be.
So thanks to my Automattic family, and here’s to five more years. :)
As Krista so eloquently wrote it:
We expect to hire 60 new Automatticians in 2013. We’re a distributed company: Automatticians work from home, their local coffee shop, co-working spaces — the location in the world where they’re most comfortable and productive. Our hiring pool is planet Earth.
Social media? Yes, but not like Facebook and not like Twitter.
Blogging is people taking the time to write or photograph or paint their lives, their loves, their passions.
I was lucky enough to be on the Automattic team who developed the app, and got to interact with the internal Windows 8 team at Microsoft while doing so. Needless to say, it was both challenging and motivating, to say the least. Win 8 is pretty darn spiffy, which is saying a lot coming from a hardcore Mac and Linux user. :)
Oh, and yes, good habits die hard: the app is indeed open sourced, and released under the GPLv2. I wonder how many more OSS apps got featured not once, but twice by MS in their live worldwide demo? :)