One of the great things about working at Automattic is the flexibility that it allows. As a company, we work on many different things and we’re split into roughly 20 teams working on various projects and maintenance tasks. Occasionally a new team is formed to take over an existing set of projects or to start something new. Recently, a new partnerships team was formed at Automattic, and I decided to join it. As of last week, I’m officially part of the new team.
As part of the partnerships team I work on all the third party integrations that we have on WordPress.com and Jetpack; this ranges from things like connecting your blog to your Twitter or Facebook account, to making sure that if someone pins your blog on Pinterest it looks as good as possible! In addition to third party integrations, the team is also working on many of the APIs that we make available for developers to integrate with our systems.
Finally, I’ll also be doing more evangelizing for our platform; promoting our APIs and encouraging others to work with us and our platforms.
On a personal side, I’m excited for the change; it’s nice to work with new people once in a while, and it’s good to focus on more “project-y” type work as opposed to the daily grind of maintenance which I did a lot of previously.
If you’re a developer and think it’d be cool to integrate your project with WordPress.com or Jetpack, make sure you take a look at developer.wordpress.com or contact me if you want to chat about it
This is about the coolest thing ever. Automattic’s office (as in the inside) is on Google Maps.
Everyone at Automattic works from wherever they are (home, cafe, or what not) but we have lounge in San Francisco for hosting local Automatticians as well as events and get togethers.
A photographer came in and mapped out the entire building, including the upstairs lounge area. It’s really neat to be able to showcase the office like this.
Here’s the upstairs:
The image above was taken during our annual company meetup a few weeks ago. If this is cool to you, or you like how the office looks, you should apply
Current status: co-working with a great team of guys in Herzliya, Israel (near Tel-Aviv). Here we are together earlier today:
I’ve been posting a bunch of other photos from the trip on my photo blog as well: http://photos.jkudish.com/.
It’s been a fun week so far with lots of eating, walking around beautiful places, socializing and working on a secret project that some of our coworkers will enjoy.
If this sounds like a good lifestyle, you should consider applying to work with us at Automattic.
I just returned from a week long company meetup with Automattic in San Diego. As a fun thing to do and to keep me alert, my partner Amy gave me a scavenger hunt for while I was there. I had to find and take a picture of the following 11 things. I got all but 1. I even crowdsourced and got some of my coworkers to help me out. It was definitely a fun activity for the trip and I feel like it kept me connected to Amy during the trip Here’s the list:
- a coconut
- 5 different flip flops in one photo
- a beard at least 8 inches long
- a beagle
- as many mac laptops as can fit in a photo
- something turquoise
- a canadian license plate
- 3 people making a pyramid
- a lighthouse
- something with wings over something that floats
- two people kissing
I couldn’t find the coconut, but here are the other 10 photos:
5 different flip flops
Hagrid with an 8+ inch beard
as many mac laptops as I could get
Baxter the baby and Geoge the Automattician both wearing turquoise
a Canadian (BC) license plate
3 people making a pyramid
a flying bird over a floating boat
married couple happily kissing
Oh, and if you think that’s the kind of meetup and company you want to be part of, we’re hiring.
My office for the afternoon. Lovely day in Vancouver!