Category: Distributed Work

  • Managing Distributed Teams

    At Automattic, I lead a fully distributed product development and engineering team. This post will cover some of my personal practices for managing teams and if/how this is different in a distributed environment. These practices are probably more useful to newer managers running distributed teams for the first time. I recently listened to Matt (Automattic’s […]

  • Better Audio for Distributed Work

    tl;dr: A wired USB headsets with a mic that is a consistent distance from your mouth is the best option for most people. This is one we recommend at Automattic. Many of us have transitioned to working from home, and spend a lot more time talking to people over video and voice – we usually have […]

  • Use your Fancy Camera on Zoom

    tl;dr: A better camera, with front facing lighting will make you look much better. A fancy camera is great, but a pain to set up. The best option for most people is to attach an HD camera to your monitor, like the ones recommended by Wirecutter. This post will summarize how to set up your […]

  • Setting up for Distributed Work

    I work at Automattic where I lead a distributed development team. I shared a few thoughts from my first few months working at a distributed company. Working remotely is a topical issue (March 7, 2020) given the spread of the Coronavirus, and many companies asking employees to work from home. I will share some additional […]

  • Early Thoughts on Distributed Work

    I recently joined Automattic which is a fully distributed company. We have ~900 people (in all functions) working in ~70 countries, with no central office. We are one of the largest, if not the largest fully distributed company in the world. I wanted to share some of my thoughts about the advantages and challenges of […]

  • Joining Automattic

    Sharing some personal news: I recently joined Automattic (makers of WordPress.com, Jetpack and WooCommerce) to help build better products for our customers. I’m very grateful to Kinsey and Matt for the opportunity. Over the last few years, I’ve explored entrepreneurial projects and also invested full-time in early stage African technology companies. Throughout the exploration process, […]