You might have heard that I left Automattic. It’s true. It’s the best company I’ve ever worked at. And by far the longest. Almost 9 years! I’ll miss my friends an coworkers.
I’m not leaving WordPress. In fact, my next impact will be around hosting for WordPress specifically, maybe WooCommerce, I’m not sure yet. It’s going to be a fun challenge. I’ll post when I have news.
Don’t be a stranger.
Santamattic came early this year. I was surprised FedEx could ship a package to Russia in only one week. It would have been faster if their Russian partners didn’t go knocking at the wrong door for two days in a row, but that’s okay since I was expecting this to arrive in January.
Unfortunately I can’t disclose the contents of the box, because some of my coworkers haven’t received theirs yet.
Here we are, in San Diego, earlier this year on our anual company meetup. Bonus points if you can find me in the photo :)
I recently got back from San Diego, where our one week long company meetup was held. I had a great time with some of the most talented WordPress folks on earth. Toni Schneider has published a great recap called 8 Tips for a Great Company Meetup, which pretty much outlines everything we did.
The brand new Developer Plugin has been revealed last night on the WordPress.com VIP blog. It’s a gate to some awesome developer tools and plugins for WordPress, including Debug Bar, Debug Bar Cron, Rewrite Rules Inspector and a bunch of others. Obviously more developer tools will be added with new releases.
Automattic Grows Up: The Company Behind WordPress.com Shares Revenue Numbers and Hires Execs — a great article by Liz Gannes of AllThingsD. Liz covers some of the latest numbers, and some of the new hires. By the way, AllThingsD is running on WordPress.com too!
Not much has changed from the previous version. Perhaps the most exciting change is that you can now create todo lists, by adding an “o” or an “x” at the beginning of a new line. Cool huh? If you’re new to P2, don’t forget to read this article by Matt on why we use P2 at Automattic.
For those of you not familiar with the Pink Sombrero, you should read the Cowboy Coding and Pink Sombrero and watch Mark Jaquith’s talk about Scaling, Servers and Deploys. And no, I wasn’t actually cowboy coding in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, but honestly, I sometimes am.
You might be wondering why there haven’t been much posts here lately, well that’s the bad news. The good news is that I’m at a team meetup in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It took me 20 hours to get here, from Moscow to London to Miami to Cancun, but it was totally worth the effort!
The weather is super awesome, especially compared to Moscow at this time of the year, and the best part is that it’s not over yet. We’re heading for another two days to Tulum which is south from Playa del Carmen, and we’re staying in a hut, similar to the one in the photo above.
This is big news, and words can’t explain my feelings. Today’s my first day at Automattic, the company behing WordPress.com, Akismet, Gravatar, Polldaddy, VaultPress, and a whole lot more. As you know, Automattic also contributes to a number of Open Source projects, including BuddyPress, bbPress, Browse Happy, WordCamp.org and of course WordPress itself.
So… Starting today, I’ll be working on some really cool stuff with some of the most talented minds on earth. I’ve already met with some of the folks online and the energy is incredible, they got me even more excited, and now I can’t wait for my first meetup and of course WordCamp to meet everybody in real life.
This is a dream come true for me, thank you so much Automattic! Looking forward to “make the web a better place.” :)