The Year Without Pants
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The Year Without Pants

Scott Berkun’s The Year Without Pants is a first person narrative of his time employed at Automattic from August 2010 to May 2012. Berkun entered Automattic as employee number fifty six when the company was replacing its totally flat structure with a team-based one. Berkun’s story centers around his experience managing Team Social, which was…

Nginx is taking over the internet, and Automattic helped make it happen

This is a nice backstory from Wired on the rise of Nginx, with a focus on how Automattic got involved in the project when they started using it for Now, Nginx is powering 15 percent of all websites. I especially like the note at the bottom of the article where the founder of Nginx cites…

Meet Philip Arthur Moore, Premium Theme Lead at Automattic
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Meet Philip Arthur Moore, Premium Theme Lead at Automattic

Philip Arthur Moore is the Premium Theme team lead at Automattic. I’m thrilled to have been able to ask Philip some questions about premium themes, their processes, and working at Automattic. His answers are thorough and very insightful, and I’m thankful for the time he spent on this. You’re the Premium Theme Lead at… introduces Connect, a “login with” API introduces Connect, a “login with” API has introduced a new API today called Connect. It’s an API to allow websites and applications to offer login capability for users. It’s not surprising Automattic has introduced this feature. After all, they have tons of services that obviously already use something similar to link their, Akismet, PollDaddy, and VaultPress products. In…

WP Engine acquires WP Daily archives, launches Torque

WP Engine acquires WP Daily archives, launches Torque

WP Engine has been working on Torque for a number of months. Their tagline for it, as it turns out, is “The WordPress News Core.” Beyond that, they don’t particularly say on the site how they plan to frame the content, but they’ve kicked things off with a number of posts from prominent community members,…

Automattic acquires domain search website, Lean Domain Search

Automattic has acquired Lean Domain Search, a domain search tool. The website allows users to enter a number of usernames they’d like to search, and then creates a nifty table of potential domain names involving those keywords. Founder Matt Mazur will move into a full time role with Automattic and edit: here’s a nice…

Automattic acquires popular mobile WordPress app, Poster

Automattic acquired what is probably the most popular third party WordPress publishing app, Poster. Tom Witkin, Poster’s developer, is joining Automattic to work on the official WordPress mobile apps. There’s a little more info on Mac Stories, TechCrunch and WP Daily, if you’re interested. I enjoy using the WordPress for iOS app, and am keen to have custom…

Tiger Global invests $50 million in Automattic secondary stock

Automattic has been making pretty good money for some time. But in order to help early investors lock in returns, they’ve partnered with Tiger Global for an $50 million investment of Automattic secondary stock. It’s not the same as raising money, according to both the Founder, Matt Mullenweg and CEO, Toni Schneider, who independently blogged about the event.

VaultPress Lite

VaultPress, the Automattic backup solution, has introduced a “Lite” plan to their repertoire. It allows you to receive daily backups with a thirty day archive for only $5 per month. It also includes their site restore service. This is the first time I’ve ever felt VaultPress had a convincing option for small websites.

A Year Without Pants

Scott Berkun spent a year working for Automattic as research for his upcoming book, A Year Without Pants. The book will focus on remote work, for which Automattic is well known. Berkun is going to, “share what I learned about creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone’s future.”…

WordCamp Internet

I had a thought after seeing Brian’s tweet about his #WCATL presentation: “I wish that I could get all these cool WP peeps together & do some kind of WordCamp where we could all meet each other in person.” Seeing as how most of Automattic (and the WP community at large) is distributed it led…

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