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