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Net Neutrality

The FCC wants to repeal Net Neutrality. Without Net Neutrality, big cable and telecom companies can divide the internet into fast and slow lanes. What would the Internet look like without net neutrality? Find out by enabling this banner on... Continue Reading →

Another view

I'm lucky in my job to be able to work from wherever I want. When I go to work, I work from Henry's Coffee House in City Square, Dundee. Today I was working from the W Cafe in Waterstones, Dundee. Wifi... Continue Reading →

Democratizing Identity

I was part of a thing. This was cool


One of the core ideas we stand for here at Automattic is Democratizing Publishing—the idea that anyone with a story should be free to tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world.

We support this idea by providing hosted website services through for our global customer base and by contributing directly to the open source WordPress project.

At the heart of Democratizing Publishing is our belief in Diversity and Inclusion, a value that has influenced the growth of Automattic, not just in hiring practices, but in how we operate as a company. We’re fully distributed with our ~565 employees spanning the globe representing over 56 countries and over 78 different languages.

Within the past year, we’ve begun to update our communications around to emphasize the versatility of the service as more than just a blogging platform. It’s also a…

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1 year at Automattic, and a new video

I've now been full time at Automattic for a full year 🎉 I will some day write up more about what it means to work here, what I've done, and what I hope to do in the future. Something I... Continue Reading →

So You Want to be a Happiness Engineer, Huh?

Something I keep meaning to write is a “So you want to be a Happiness Engineer?” type blog post… Sandy just knocked it out the park with this one! Essential reading if you want to apply to Automattic

Sandy McFadden

Since joining Automattic (and to the annoyance of some people, I’m sure) I tend to go on about how much I enjoy my job and the company itself. I’ve often been asked what it takes and what you need to know to get the job. Especially since I called people to join me in my last post, I thought I would put together my thoughts and some resources which I can point people to or they can hopefully find through searching online as well.

I’m going to go a bit further and not only talk about what you need to do to get the job, but what I think you need to be successful in the Happiness Engineer role at Automattic. Please note that there are a lot of points here and you don’t have to be an expert in all of them to apply, but having a good understanding…

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I’m sick of smiling…

...and so is my jaw

Motivation for the long haul

The motivation in your job should be core to what you do as a career.

Snorkelling and Cenotes

Wow. Just wow.

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