All You Ever Wanted to Know About Automattic

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  • All You Ever Wanted to Know About Automattic

    1. 1. All You Ever Wanted to Know About Erick Hitter Design Engineer on Team Custom
    2. 2. History• 2003: WordPress 0.71 released as a fork of b2• 2005: Matt Mullenweg founded Automattic while still working at CNET• 2007: Gravatar acquired• 2008: BuddyPress, IntenseDebate, and Polldaddy acquired• 2010: VaultPress launches• 2010: WordPress Foundation launches, taking ownership of WordPress trademarks
    3. 3. Quick Stats • Our sites are visited• 128 employees by 659 million people each month• 26 countries • WordPress as a• 18 timezones platform now powers 16.7% of the web
    4. 4. Where We Work
    5. 5. How We Work• Small teams, generally around six people• Quick project sprints• High level of autonomy and self management
    6. 6. How We Communicate• P2 (p2theme.com) – for teams and company as a whole• IRC – also for teams and company as a whole• Skype – one-on-one or small-group chat• Email – almost exclusively for notifications
    7. 7. How We Meet• One all-company meetup per year• Team-specific meetups multiple times per year
    8. 8. How We Hire• Applications via automattic.com• Interview with a team lead in a similar role• Trial projects to determine fit for both parties• Followup interview with team lead• Final interview with Matt if team lead recommends hiring• Everyone hired does a 3-week support rotation
    9. 9. Our Connection to the WordPress Project• WordPress is an open-source web publishing platform, whose trademarks are owned by the WordPress Foundation.• WordPress.com is a commercial service built on the WordPress software.• Automattic employees contribute to the project.• The WordPress community directs the project’s development.
    10. 10. Questions? @ethitterhttp://www.ethitter.comerick@automattic.com

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