My Next Chapter At Automattic: VaultPress

When I first joined Automattic, I was a member of the VIP Team which is in charge of helping our enterprise clients host their large websites on our platform. After doing that for three and a half years, I got a bit burned out and was given the opportunity to switch to our Janitorial team. Janitorial is the name of the team that handles all of our internal tools and other things that slip between the cracks at Automattic.

Now it’s once again time for something else. As of tomorrow, I’ll be joining the VaultPress team who are in charge of our backup and security product for self-hosted installs. I will be helping both with development as well as any technical issues that arise from our support requests. It should be quite interesting and exciting — I’m looking forward to it!

LaFerrari Unveil

I was lucky enough to get to see the 1.3 million dollar latest Ferrari supercar earlier this week. What an amazing car! Here’s some photos I took:

I also took some video of it revving (forgive the momentary sideways video):

If you want to see even more photos, here’s some from better photographers:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122085736@N06/sets/72157651309345995/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_stig63/sets/72157651340170995/

Five (And Three Quarters) Years At Automattic

Yesterday, March 8th, was my official fifth year anniversary of being hired at Automattic. I say official because I actually started my trial the previous June and by that fall was doing fulltime regular duties. However no one at the company except perhaps HR realized that I hadn’t been hired on fulltime. I just kept submitting invoices and doing my job. Automattic was a lot more unorganized back then, both with trials and the onboarding process!

It’s been a wild ride and I have no plans whatsoever to go anywhere else. I’m here for the long term and I absolutely love it. It really is a dream job for me. Did I mention we’re hiring? :)

Here’s to the next five years!

Lastly for fun, here’s a photo from the first Grand Meetup that I attended with 40 of my coworkers:

2009 Grand Meetup in Quebec

Compare that to the latest Grand Meetup last fall when we had about 260 people there! We’re up to 306 as of this post.

2014 Grand Meetup in Park City