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Automattic Meetup 2016

This year, Automattic went to Whistler, British Columbia, my first time in Canada for more than a layover. We had almost 500 employees spanning the globe, suddenly just spanning 2 hotels for the week. It’s always great, if not perhaps just a tiny bit overwhelming, to see everyone in person once a year, and it’s wonderful to build great things in person.

A fair amount of such great things were indeed built, so keep your eyes on the WordPress.com Blog, Jetpack Blog, and WooCommerce Blog for news. Meanwhile, here’s my customary chunk of photos.

For more photos, visit colleagues Stephen McLeod Blythe, Lisa Schuyler, Kathryn Presner, Dan Hauk, Naoko Takano, Ryan Cowles, and Pam Kocke. If any of this looks interesting to you, we’re always hiring!

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Automattic Meetup 2015

This year, Automattic went back to Park City, Utah! The big difference this time? Our “almost 300” has grown to 400 employees spanning the globe, many joining us from the WooThemes acquisition earlier this year. With so many colleagues from around the world, it’s great to see everyone at least once a year, and build great things in person.

Some aforementioned great things were indeed made this year, keep your eyes on the WordPress.com Blog and the Jetpack Blog for news, but perhaps more interesting (or at least more fun) was the introduction a live band made up of some of my more talented colleagues. I don’t think the band will be producing any albums, but it sure made for a fun night! 🙂

For more photos, visit colleagues Adam Heckler and Greg Stewart, and don’t forget that we’re always hiring!

James and Greg

James and Greg

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Automattic Meetup 2014

This year, the Automattic company meetup was in Park City, Utah. We are a globally distributed company with almost 300 employees, so we pretty much have to get together annually to see faces, hear voices, and build great things. We’re putting the finishing touches on many of the things we build last week, so keep your eyes on the WordPress.com Blog for announcements. Some are actually already live now on WordPress.com, but since they haven’t been officially announced yet, I won’t spoil the surprise. 😉

Here are a few more photos from the meetup. The majority are a from a short hike on the mountain high above our hotel.

Now that you’ve seen all of this, make sure that you apply, and maybe we’ll see you here with us next year!

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Automattic Meetup 2013

Automattic is a globally distributed company with over 200 employees, so it’s nice to get together once a year as a company to build great things. This year, we gathered in San Francisco and later migrated down to Santa Cruz. That may sound odd to many of you, so I highly recommend this book. Many of the things we built this week are already live on WordPress.com, some are performance tweaks that you might have already noticed, while others may be announced in the future.

Here are the rest of the photos from the week that didn’t make the cut to be posted on their own in my sfomeetup2013 tag.

Those fire dancing photos sure are amazing, but this video of the fire dancing and this slow-motion clip are even more amazing!

Now that you’ve seen all that, make sure that you apply, and maybe we’ll see you here with us next year!

Photo by Ash Rhodes

Photo by Ash Rhodes

Automattic in San Diego

A week ago, I made it back home from my second Automattic meetup, this time in San Diego. Once again, we had a whole week to meet almost everyone (which is refreshing since we’re globally distributed), work on some awesome upcoming features (mostly for WordPress.com), and engage in some local adventures. I won’t spoil any of the upcoming new features, as they’ll be announced on the WordPress.com blog when ready, but you might actually see some in action if you have a keen eye.

I’d rather not spend time explaining why we do meetups and what goes into such a thing, since Toni (our CEO) has already done an amazing job, though I did snap some photos while I was there. I know, it’s a lot less than I usually have, but you can see more photos from Andrew, Anthony, Chelsea, Danilo, Erica, Gary, Jackie, Joachim, Joen, Jorge, Matt, and Stephane.

Automattic in Budapest

I had one heck of a great time at my very first Automattic company meetup. As we are a globally distributed company, it was great to finally meet all of the talented folks that I had only chatted with until recently.

This year, we were in Budapest, turning out some awesome new features for WordPress.com. These features would have taken months to build and perfect over text, but we knocked them out in less than a week by working in person with small groups. I don’t want to spoil the surprises, so keep your eyes on our blog for the official announcements.

I did manage to salvage a few photos after low-light blurriness claimed most of them, and I have a few more hiding in my budmeetup2011 tag. It goes without saying that there are plenty of talented photographers at Automattic, and you can find more photos from Karim, Alex, Sheri, Erica, Lori, Krista, Anthony, Ran, Martin, Nick, Daryl, Isaac, Kevin, Dan, and Ashish.