Checked in at CoffeeConcepts.
#cafeworking with the Growth crew. #automattic
Checked in at Breckenridge Brewery.
#automattic holiday party — with Kelly
Checked in at WooThemes.
WooHQ! I’ve now visited all of #automattic’s offices 🙂
Checked in at Vita Restaurant.
#Automattic holiday dinner!
Once a year, all of Automattic gets together in one place for a full week of face-to-face work, learning, food and fun. We fly in from all around the world, shuttle to a hotel/resort/space of some sort, and then get together to work through a bunch of things. This year we descended upon Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah (another US state crossed off my list!). The week was roughly structured into a front-loaded, work-type-things section, and a tail end more loaded with activities. For my part, I:
- Learned more about Node.js (and got a copy of coworker @TooTallNate‘s “Node.js in Action“), specifically in relation to some new applications we’re building out at WordPress.com
- Worked with React.js some more (which is awesome and pretty exciting)
- Went on a 5km run (walked the first bit, but then my knee was feeling OK so I ran most of it)
- Took a gondola ride up the mountain, then went on a ~1.5 hour hike through beautiful aspens and conifers, past a trout-stocked lake and through some downhill MTB trails
- Went on a guided fly fishing trip with guides from Trout Tales, where I (finally!) caught my first fish; and then my second and third as well
- Visited High West Distillery for a tour, tasting, and picked up a bottle of their Son of Bourye (a delicious blend of Bourbon and Rye)
- Met a bunch of new Automatticians and spent time hanging out and getting to know people new and old
- Road tripped from Denver, CO to Park City, UT and back again with @alternatekev and @michaelarestad
Michelle did a great official write-up on the WordPress.com Blog.
Here is a collection of shots from the week (including the trip there and back):
* Title image taken by Luca Sartoni
This year has actually been a particularly big year. Probably the headliner happened only a week ago; Automattic raised $160 million, on a valuation of $1 billion. That’s a lot of money. That’s a large valuation, and it feels kind of weird to be employee #35 of a company of that scale. We’re now at 247 employees, and we span 30 different countries. Whoah.
Other than that, this year we: had a pretty large secondary fund-raising ($75m, via Tiger Capital), made some exciting acquisitions: Cloudup, Scrollkit, Longreads, had another successful WordCamp San Francisco (where I spoke, and organized the Contributor Day again), launched WordPress.com Connect, transitioned to a new CEO (Matt Mullenweg, our founder), and a bunch of other interesting things both internally and externally.
In my sixth year as an Automattician, I’ll be relocating to Denver (my second relocation since I started, capitalizing on working for a completely distributed company). I look forward to new adventures there, and continued adventures with Automattic. It continues to be an inspiring and challenging company to work for, full of interesting and impressively-smart people.
Thanks everyone for continuing to make Automattic home, it’s the best job I’ve ever had, and it would be hard to ever top.
: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.