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Farewell, Automattic

I started at Automattic seven years ago. When I started, there were around 200 total Automatticians. Woo was a separate company. Jetpack had no paid features yet. Tumblr was just acquired by Yahoo. We were still using IRC and Skype. There were twenty people in the design channel.

My first day on the job was at a meetup in Las Vegas. This meetup set the tone for the next seven years. It was a healthy mix of design, friendship, karaoke, and adventure. To this day, I still haven’t been on a meetup quite like Vegas.

It’s nearing the end of 2020 and I can say with confidence that Automattic has grown up. It’s beautiful to see this change in the company. I see roadmaps and clear visions for many of the products with specific goals. I see specialized team working together on products far more complex, both technically and from a feature perspective. For those of you who weren’t around seven years ago, this is a pretty huge and welcome shift and I hope to see it continue.

Over the years, I accrued a wealth of amazing friends and incredible memories. Here are just a few photos of my favorites:


For those of you who would like to stay in touch, please do.

Friday will be my last day. <3

Farewell, Automattic.

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60 thoughts on “Farewell, Automattic

  1. Oh, Michael — I’ll miss you around here! I’ll never forget working with you on the WordCamp SF 2014 logo, still my fave WCSF (dare I say WordCamp?) logo of all time. You’ve always modeled a balance of caring and detachment, which I admire deeply. Thanks for your authenticity and vulnerability, and I hope our paths cross again someday soon.

  2. Michael, we’ve never been lucky enough to work together on something over the last seven years. But, your face is one of the core personalities I associate with Automattic and the Grand Meetup. I will miss your presence at the company, and some day when we are able to reinstate travel, at the GM. All the hugs and all the positive wishes for your next adventure!

  3. Michael, no!! You have no idea how much I was looking forward to working with you and hanging out at a8c meetups. Looks like I’ll have to settle for continuing to hang out as friends. Pray for fresh pow!

  4. Dang it Michael.

    It has been a pleasure when we have gotten to work together and a pleasure to watch you work. All the best for the future, and I hope our paths will manage to cross in Colorado one of these days.

  5. Oh no 😭

    I’ll miss you. In fact, I’ve missed you since you stopped working on the Jetpack plugin a while back.

    I’ve learnt a lot from you over the years we’ve worked together. About design obviously, but also about the more difficult art of constantly challenging assumptions, to keep moving in the right direction. Thank you! 🙇‍♂️

    Also, you’re cool. 😎

    I hope our paths will cross again some day. Good luck with whatever comes next, I know you’ll rock!

  6. Mark Uraine says:

    Your tinkering has always been inspirational to me. I’ll miss all those lights, electronics, and sounds. I remember that we never made it past the breakwater while kayaking out of Cancun, so I’ll use that as the metaphor for your next adventure. You’re heading out past the breakwater and I’m so excited to hear about what you’ll find!

  7. It was great working with you all these years either indirectly or directly. If I’m ever in the area, I’ll hit you up on Instagram!

    Best wishes for your new adventure. 🙂

  8. I can’t imagine a8c without you, but I know you’ll continue to create amazing things wherever you go. Thanks for everything—the warm welcome into Jetpack, the design jam sessions, the Sandbox help, the list goes on.

    Hope to see you and K on the slopes this season! Brody also can’t wait to meet Zag 😀

  9. Whew, Michael. I’ve been in denial since seeing this post go up. Thanks for being such a kind and thoughtful coworker often going out of your way to help me (our very first messages over DM are about me asking to chat for help). I think fondly of meeting up with you in CO while house sitting for Beau and when you swung through San Diego! I wish you nothing but the best and see you as a friend. You better expect me to hit you up when COVID subsides and I make the trip to CO!

    P.S. I hope you know that you’re the reason I got the Jetpack logo in blue for my anniversary laptop 🙂

    P.S.S. Keep your intensity, it’s a wonderful trait of yours.

  10. Will really miss seeing your thoughts at work! I found your way of thinking and solving problems to be inspiring and you were always really kind to me, so thank you for that! I enjoyed the conversations I’ve had with you over the years, and I know you’ll do great things in the future! Looking forward to seeing some more synth pedal craziness 🙂

  11. Rastislav Lamoš says:

    Thanks for all the awesome petrolhead discussions at the meetups! Wish you all the best in your next adventures. Hopefully, I could come visit you in CO some day!

  12. I’m gonna miss you around here! Thank you for being a supremely wonderful thoughtful designer-advocate when I was baffled and lost and confused with tiled galleries on my trial – I really appreciated it at the time.

    Here’s hoping we cross paths again and can have that electronica jam 🥲👋

  13. WHAAAAT?!?!?! I’m bummed. Although we never really got to work together, I feel like we’ve been on a team together for a while. 🙂 Best of luck, keep rocking it, and take care. Don’t be a stranger, Michael.

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