Tag Archives: automattic

January 8, 2016

Billion-dollar startup Automattic hires employees without ever meeting them or talking to them on the phone

Then the hiring manager invites the person into a Skype chat, telling them to respond when they can. No matter where the people live, no one is doing a middle-of-the-night interview.

The manager asks “strategic” questions, like how comfortable the person is with various programming languages, to share a link/screen shot of their work, their thoughts on things, Martin describes.

If that goes well the person is invited to do a trial project. Coding assignments are pretty common these days. But Automattic pays the person $25/hour and issues no deadline, although most people get it done in about a month, Martin says. People can work on it as they have time and do it while retaining their current jobs.

Remote working isn’t exactly a new concept, but in my opinion, what Automattic does is truly unique. And as far as I can tell, it works brilliantly.

November 23, 2015

Dance to Calypso

An insightful piece by Matt Mullenweg on the balance between maintaining a popular piece of software and adapting to advancements in technology.

Oh, and there’s this, too:

So we asked ourselves a big question. What would we build if we were starting from scratch today, knowing all we’ve learned over the past 13 years of building WordPress? At the beginning of last year, we decided to start experimenting and see.

Today we’re announcing something brand new, a new approach to WordPress, and open sourcing the code behind it. The project, codenamed Calypso, is the culmination of more than 20 months of work by dozens of the most talented engineers and designers I’ve had the pleasure of working with (127 contributors with over 26,000 commits!).

This is precisely the direction I had hoped WordPress would take: a JavaScript frontend (or frontends), communicating with the solid WP core over well-defined APIs.

October 14, 2015