The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

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by Scott Berkun
     
 

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A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success

50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they

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A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success

50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. With a fraction of the resources of Google, Amazon, or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet. How is this possible? What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods?

To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at WordPress.com, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of WordPress.com's phenomenal success from the inside. Berkun's story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone's future.

  • Offers a fast-paced and entertaining insider's account of how an amazing, powerful organization achieves impressive results
  • Includes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativity
  • Written by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun (scottberkun.com)

The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world-changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic's success.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
The title is taken from an inside joke among members of author Burkun's former team of employees at WordPress.com—the popular open-source blogging tool and content management system. A former Microsoft manager who helped launch Internet Explorer, Burkun (Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds) took the job at Automattic Inc., the San Francisco-based web-development company that runs WordPress, with the intent of writing a book about his experience immersed in what he calls "a work culture … from the future." WordPress powers about 20 percent of the entire Internet and thrives on freedom and experimentation by proudly encouraging employees to work remotely, to use Skype instead of e-mail, and hold meetings in locales ranging from Portland, Ore., to Athens, Greece. Berkun, who worked at the company from August 2010 to May 2012, writes with unflinching honesty about his experiences and lessons learned as a team leader in an organization with few boundaries. He highlights the organization's strengths (applying them to all levels of work) and weaknesses. Not surprisingly, the book often reads like a series of blog posts, with almost as much emphasis placed on interpersonal adventures as on the refreshing, invigorating promise of what work can be. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118660638
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,277,194
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Scott Berkun is the author of four popular books: Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. His work as a writer and speaker has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Wired, the Economist, Fast Company, and Forbes and on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and other media. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at www.scottberkun.com, and he tweets at @berkun. (Berkun may or may not be wearing pants in this photo.)

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The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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JKHoffman More than 1 year ago
A decent look at one person's experience working for an innovative company