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

Speaker  Scott Berkun

Affiliation  Author

Host  Amy Draves

Duration  01:00:37

Date recorded  24 September 2013

What happens when an old-school management guru leaves the books and lectures behind to lead a young team at a revolutionary company, with no email, no offices, and no rules? Automattic, Inc., runs WordPress.com, the 15th most popular website on the planet, and is the leading organization behind WordPress, the software that powers 20 percent of the entire web—60 million sites and counting.

Their success is based on challenging our biggest assumptions about how work is done:

  • Employees work remotely, from wherever in the world they wish.
  • No one uses email, preferring customized blogs and online chat.
  • There are no schedules, few meetings, and fewer rules.
  • Workers launch new ideas and features dozens of times a day.

Scott Berkun reports on his challenging year working at WordPress.com as the leader of one of its most important teams. His tale is filled with great advice for managers, executives, and employees alike about how great work is done and what Automattic's success means for the rest of us.

With the unique perspective of a seasoned outsider-turned-insider, you will hear insights on the ways leadership, productivity, and work are evolving on business's brave new frontier.

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