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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
Where We Work
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.
Questions?

        @ethitter
http://www.ethitter.com
erick@automattic.com

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Automattic

  • 1. All You Ever Wanted to Know About Erick Hitter Design Engineer on Team Custom
  • 2.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 6. How We Work • Small teams, generally around six people • Quick project sprints • High level of autonomy and self management
  • 7. 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
  • 8. How We Meet • One all-company meetup per year • Team-specific meetups multiple times per year
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. Questions? @ethitter http://www.ethitter.com erick@automattic.com

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