7 Years with Great People

Today marks the start of my 8th year with Automattic. When I started on March 13, 2008 I joined a group of 20 great people and I still work with 15 of them.

Some friends and family questioned leaving a stable job at SVSU for a startup based out of San Francisco. During the hiring process, which took about a month, I spent less than an hour on the phone and never sat face-to-face with anyone from the company. People couldn’t really comprehend this or the fact that I’d work from anywhere I wanted on my own hours. Turned out to be the best decision of my life.

Automattic, which will turn 10 this year, hired the 1st employee on June 20, 2005 and currently has 306 great people around the world. If you’re a great person and want to make the web a better place, come work with us.

Chart of Automattic employee counts
Automattic Employees


I wore this pin on my varsity jacket in high school.

No matter how hard I worked at being a better basketball player, I never wanted to think I was better than I actually was. There was always someone better and someone working harder. It was a motivational thing.

A couple of weeks ago I was looking through some stuff from my younger years and didn’t find the pin in with my medals, which had all been on my jacket at one point. I asked Mom about the pin and she found it still attached to my jacket, hanging in the basement. I couldn’t believe it. She brought it down to me last night and it’s found a new home on my gym bag.

Never stop working hard.

Don’t settle.

Rep Max Calculator

I use estimated rep and weight calculations multiple times a week in the gym and when planning out my training for the week. Some of the calculators out there are better than others. I’ve been using the one from All Things Gym for about a year, but I knew I could improve it. Since the author released all of the code on CodePen, I did just that.

I’ve improved the code to create my version of a rep max calculator and bought an obvious domain name – repmaxcalculator.com. Most of the time when I need an estimate I’m on my phone, so it was important for this to have a good mobile experience, which I think I’ve accomplished. If you’re using an iPhone, save it to your home screen so it launches just like an app, not in another Safari tab.

Try it out and let me know what you think. I’ve love to hear suggestions on ways it could be better.



Figure Out Why You’re Weak

At Automattic we do many things different than successful companies of the past. Here’s a glimpse of the kind of discussions we have behind the scenes.

If there’s an area you’re weak, try to figure out the root causes of why you’re weak, and where possible try to improve the environment that creates the problem before pinning the turnaround on a “Jesus hire.”

via Advice and Fallacies – Matt Mullenweg