All You Ever Wanted to Know About Erick Hitter Design Engineer on Team Custom
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
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
How We Work• Small teams, generally around six people• Quick project sprints• High level of autonomy and self management
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
How We Meet• One all-company meetup per year• Team-speciﬁc meetups multiple times per year
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
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.