Every second, somewhere in the world four babies and two WordPress blogs are born.

That great line comes from Shane Snow’s profile of myself, Automattic, and WordPress called “How Matt’s Machine Works.” If you’re interested in the latest on how Automattic works as seen from the eye of a journalist with a background in product and technology, check it out.

A few comments: Since it came out my colleagues have been making fun of me for “trolling.” πŸ™‚ The term “benevolent dictator for life” goes back to at least 1995 and is common in open source communities. Our lounge in SF is now much nicer than the one pictured. We mostly use Slack instead of Skype. I would say my management style has changed quite a bit since when Scott was at the company. The end of the article nails it in that as Automattic has scaled, to 272 at latest count, it’s really the over 40 leads who keep things running as smoothly as they do, and many people in similar roles on the .org side.

Even with the above, the article is probably the best look at the things I’m involved with every day since 2009’s The Way I Work, so kudos to Shane and definitely check it out.

8 thoughts on “Fast Company Profile

  1. Always some good stuff on here πŸ™‚

    I made more WordPress blogs (personal & for clients) than the number of my age. I’m 18, for those who were wondering (maybe your unconscious mind was).

  2. Very motivating post, Matt! It’s so great to see you with your alto in the lounge. Is that a Francois Louis ligature? Also, thanks for turning us on to Slack. Peace, from the Chi! πŸ˜‰