Ten Years of Automattic

Still working on my first year with a8c, but the company recently hit a milestone.

Ten years ago the first official Automattician was Donncha O Caoimh, and he had no idea what he was in for. Neither did I, honestly. And it’s been amazing.

“Ten Years of Automattic” via ma.tt | Matt Mullenweg | Unlucky in Cards.

How cool is that Felicia Day screenshot cameo? 🙂

That video (and more!) at Celebrating 10 Years of WordPress.com & Automattic |Hot Off the Press (WordPress.com Blog)

Want to get in on the next ten years? We’re hiring.



So in August I saw this video on Matt’s blog

And for the last week(ish) Planet Money has been doing a great series on how technology takes away jobs and what that really means for the world, and you, and me:

  1. When Luddites Attack
  2. Humans vs. Robots
  3. The Machine Comes To Town
  4. I, Waiter
  5. The Last Job
  6. This Is The End

I struggle to even comment on the subject, but it seems to me like the Star Trek economy is the end result of these discussions. As automation increases, it never fully takes over all jobs, but jobs become voluntary at some point. The fiction of The Last Job is portrayed to be oddly dystopian – whereas I kind of see it as the best of all possible worlds.

As the world is now, jobs are necessary to sustain human life. But the whole point of this material is that the world is changing. If automation is doing our jobs better than us — we’re better off to let more and more people not have jobs but continue with a wonderful life.The simple but polarizing idea of guaranteed minimum income can become politically feasible in the right economic climate.

I don’t really have  answers, but if you have more reading or listening on the subject, please leave a comment so I can check it out. I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject.

Woo Joins Automattic

Automattic has done a lot growth recently. We never stopped hiring, and we’ve made some great acquisitions which brought excellent products and even better talent onto the team.

Yesterday, it was  announced that Automattic is acquiring Woo. You might know them for their great Themes and eCommerce plugin. Here’s some essential reading:

Woo & Automattic | Matt Mullenweg
WooThemes Joins Automattic | The WooThemes Blog
WooThemes has a new home | Mark Forrester
We are joining Automattic | Magnus Jepson

Or if you’re in the AV club here’s a video:

And finally this, from Nick Hamze:


Working tunes for Caturday

Normally Saturday is a day off for me, but this week has been weird and I feel the need to catch up on work with a half-day. While doing so, I thought I could use a change of pace with music. I pulled up Spotify and thought I’d look to see if Wil Wheaton had any public playlists. I saw none, but then I remembered that my boss, Matt Mullenweg, does.

So today, I hope you’ll join me in listening to some Jimmy Smith:

[spotify spotify:user:1211384122:playlist:0UyeHgR2wU5KVj5nts7zrJ]

Or check out the rest of Matt’s playlists here. Maybe I should share some of my own too. 🙂