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Livestream Tomorrow

about eight of the speakers including myself where the inaugural wordcamp asia was this weekend.

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗we’d all much rather be in person, but i do think there is a silver lining in us learning how to do official wordpress livestream events that can be accessible to everyone all over the world, following in the footsteps awesome virtual events like .

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Thirty Six

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗i am now solidly entering my late thirties, and fortunately i am in good health, good cheer, and doing one of my favorite things — exploring a part of the world and culture i haven’t experienced before (maldives and sri lanka).

The past year has included a number of professional milestones including a significant amount of fundraising and related activity, bringing in a major new product to the Automattic family, the maturation of Gutenberg in the WordPress ecosystem幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗, launching the , and a growth in the breadth and depth of the Automattic team.

partially because of the schedule those milestones required, this ended up being my year with the most travel ever since i started tracking: i flew over 515k miles, to 124 cities in 24 countries. i was able to incorporate a in my routine, started picking up musical instruments again, and learning more about sound and its impact on our lives. i found , like a little bit of exercise or stretching first thing in the morning, to be sustainable and high-impact.

What suffered in 2019 was my book reading time幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗 and making a dent on the . I still check , but I had to unplug from daily non-tech news because it was just too hectic — I’ve found a lot of value in to make sense of what’s going on in the world with the benefit of a little distance and time.

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗personally my main goals this year are for the health and wellness of my family, incorporating more playing music and photography into my life, and strengthening . if you’re reading this, i hope to run into you online or in person and this year let’s do our best together to leave the world a little better than we found it.

All birthdays: 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 3132, 33, 34, 35.

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29 Books in 2019

As a follow-on to my lists in 2017 and 2018, here are the books I completed this year. I’ve linked all to the Kindle edition except the Great Mental Models, which is so gorgeous in hardcover you should get that one, and the The World is Sound isn’t available as an ebook. Bold are ones I particularly enjoyed or found myself discussing with others a lot.

  1. (also on , and based on the high school I went to, HSPVA)
  2. (also on Obama’s book list)

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗what’s interesting is that if you were to purchase every single one of those books, it would be about $349. you could get them all for nothing from your local library, . the money i spend on books is by far and away the best investment i make every year — books expand my mind and enrich my life in a way that nothing else does.

All years: 2017, 2018, 2019.

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Comments and Collatz Conundrum

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗over the summer , a -winning mathematician considered one of the best of his generation, got an anonymous comment — one of the most persistent problems in math — suggesting he explore the problem for “almost all” numbers. terence has been a regular wp.com blogger since 2007 and he and his commenters make .

that anonymous comment . if you want great comments, you as the author have to participate in them and terence is incredibly active in engaging with the commenters on his site.

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗i’ve always said that comments are the best part of blogging, but this is a particularly cool example. , with an excellent comment thread following.

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Powering Your House

i enjoyed this fun video from xkcd’s randall munroe on different ways you could power your home, illustrated. .

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Distributed Podcast: Clark Valberg, Lydia X. Z. Brown, Stephen Wolfram, and the Grand Meetup

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗if y’all haven’t caught up recently with my podcast , this is a perfect moment to do so—the past several weeks have been full of insights from folks like invision ceo clark valberg, attorney and advocate lydia x. z. brown, stephen wolfram, and some of my own automattic colleagues in-person at our grand meetup.

you can subscribe at , , , , or wherever you like to listen. 

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Farnam Street’s Great Mental Models, Presented by Automattic

i’ve been a fan of shane parrish and his indispensable for many years now. shane is a — he’s a former cybersecurity expert for the canadian intelligence agency and occasional blogger who turned his website into a full-time career. oh and is on wordpress, too. 😎

his book, , has been tremendously valuable to me in my work. so valuable, in fact, that automattic is now sponsoring the next printing of the hardcover edition. , then learn more about .

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State of the Word 2019

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗in case you missed it, here’s the first-ever state of the word… designed completely in gutenberg:

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗 was a fantastic experience, as always. thank you again to the hundreds of organizers and volunteers who made it happen, to the thousands who attended, and to the city of st. louis for hosting us. we’ll be back there again next year.

and special thanks to this next generation of wordpress contributors. so exciting to see continue to expand and thrive:

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗as you can see, my site is now featuring the new . and for more coverage from my state of the word, check out the recaps from and . here’s my full audience q&a below:

You can see my previous State of the Word keynotes here.

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New Automattic CFO

As , Mark Davies will be leaving and joining . Automattic is creating the operating system for the web, from to to . As we zoom past 1,100 employees in over 70 countries, we wanted a financial leader with experience taking businesses from hundreds of millions in revenue to billions (Vivint) and even tens of billions (Alcoa and Dell), . I’m excited about working alongside such an experienced leader day-to-day to build what I hope will become one of the defining technology companies of the open web era.

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Debating OSS with DHH

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗the other week i ended up going back and forth in tweets with , it wasn’t going anywhere but he graciously invited me to their podcast and we were able to expand the discussion in a way i found really refreshing and mind-opening.

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗dhh and i have philosophies around work and open source that i believe overlap 95% or more, so that makes where we have differences all that more interesting to mine. although we would see each other logged into the same server 15 years ago, we haven’t actually spoken directly until this podcast started, but the conversation flowed so naturally you’d think we have been talking since then.

check out the , hopefully you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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Automattic’s Series D

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗today announced it has closed a new $300 million series d, with taking the entire round. this puts us at a post-round valuation of $3 billion, three times what it was after our last fundraising round in 2014. it’s a tremendous vote of confidence for automattic and for the open web.

i met earlier this year, and it became obvious to both of us that and automattic shared a lot of principles and philosophies. marc is a mindful leader and his sensibilities and sense of purpose feel well aligned with our own mission to make the web a better place. he also helped open my eyes to the incredible traction wordpress has seen in the enterprise market, and how much potential there still is there. i’ve also loved re-connecting with who is now salesforce’s president and chief product officer. bret’s across google maps, friendfeed, facebook, quip, and now transforming salesforce makes him one of the singular product thinkers out there and our discussion of automattic’s portfolio of services have been very helpful already.

for automattic, the funding will allow us to accelerate our roadmap (perhaps by double) and scale up our existing products—including , , , , and (in a few days when it closes) . it will also allow us to increase investing our time and energy into the future of the open source and .

the salesforce funding is also a vote of confidence for the future of work. automattic has grown to more than 950 employees working from 71 countries, with no central office for several years now. is going to reshape how we spread opportunity more equitably around the world. there continue to be new heights shown of what can be achieved in a distributed fashion, with .

Next year Automattic celebrates 15 years as a company! The timing is fortuitous as we’ve all just returned from Automattic’s annual Grand Meetup, where more than 800 of us got together in person to share our experiences, explore new ideas, and have some fun. I am giddy to work alongside these wonderful people for another 15 years and beyond.

If you’re curious my previous posts on our fundraising, here’s our 2006 Series A, 2008 Series B, 2013 secondary, and 2014 Series C. As before, happy to answer questions in the comments here. .

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On Vergecast

if you’d like some more background and context on tumblr and automattic coming together i had a chance to have . i love how great journalists are able to really dive into the heart of issues, and i really enjoyed the conversation.

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Tumblr the Day After

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗it is not surprising that the news about has . i especially appreciated the notes of support , , and . i am beyond excited to see what the tumblr team creates next, and i will definitely be connecting with alumni to hear their perspective.

there has also been a lot of speculation on the purchase price, which i think is missing the real story. i would like to take this opportunity to express my respect for verizon and how they approached this entire process. they inherited tumblr through an acquisition of a merger, a few steps removed from its initial sale; it’s probably not a company they would have bought on its own, but they nonetheless recognized that there is a very special community and team behind the product. it’s also worth noting at this point that verizon is a company that and has over 139,000 employees.

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗first, they chose to find a new home for tumblr instead of shutting it down. second, they considered not just how much cash they would get on day one, but also — and especially — what would happen to the team afterward, and how the product and the team would be invested in going forward. third, they thought about the sort of steward of the community the new owner would be. they didn’t have to do any of that, and i commend them for making all three points a priority.

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗 is still a startup — i’m sure there are deep-pocketed private equity firms that could have outbid us, but the most likely outcome then would have been an “asset” getting chopped up and sold for parts. (this is a caricature and there are pe firms i like, but it’s not a terrible stretch of the imagination.) instead, tumblr has a new chance to redefine itself in 2019 and beyond. its community is joining with wordpress’ 16-year commitment to open source and the open web.

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Animated WordPress Wallpaper

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗i didn’t realize this, but apparently macos has a built-in ability to show really stunning animated wallpapers, like that subtly changes colors throughout the day in an incredibly engaging well:

check out folletto’s blog for . this would be awesome to have for iphones as well.

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Just Write with David Perell

i had an . he’s also leading a really interesting program which is an online course which helps people grow their career by writing and sharing online, which i think is brilliant and a big source of my career growth over the years. i’ve heard he has another coming soon around information organization. david is someone to watch and follow.

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Vast, Unbroken Slabs

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗writing novels is hard, and requires vast, unbroken slabs of time. four quiet hours is a resource that i can put to good use. two slabs of time, each two hours long, might add up to the same four hours, but are not nearly as productive as an unbroken four.

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Diversifying WordPress

wordpress is about democratizing publishing, removing barriers to getting your words on the web. . automattic is supporting this by sponsoring jill binder’s work on the wordpress .

幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗i would love to see the wordpress contributor base become more diverse, and training people from marginalized communities to speak at wordcamps is a great way to help that along. check out that effort if you’d like to get involved.

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The Houston Doberge Project

Every year for my Mom’s birthday lunch she has a Doberge cake from , but this year there was a Fedex snafu and it arrived spoiled. We found a last-minute replacement, but it piqued my curiosity as to better alternatives and I commissioned this survey of eight bakeries to answer the question: What’s the best Doberge cake in Houston or New Orleans? The article and pictures that follow are from . I hope you enjoy the history, reviews, and surprise winner.

1885, budapest. franz josef i and his wife, elizabeth, rulers of austro-hungary, are attending the national general exhibition of budapest. there is much to see, but the emperor’s sweet tooth is pulling him toward one particular display. he simply must taste this new cake he’s been hearing about. he must find the dobos torte.

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Prospress joining Automattic

as you may have , , , , , the team at is joining forces with at to help accelerate the adoption and democratization of ecommerce across the web. whew that’s a lot of links! prospress was best known for their extension that allowed many types of subscriptions on top of woocommerce, but also has some and as well. i love that prospress was already a five for the future company, which aligns really well with automattic’s long-term goals and contributions to the wider community.

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Introducing the Distributed Podcast

Distributed podcast

I’ve been meeting with some brilliant people for 幸运飞艇能赢到钱吗, my new podcast dedicated to exploring the future of work. The first episode is a conversation with , CEO of , about how they built a distributed culture, and how flexible work will shape the future of the global economy.

Unlike , Upwork does have an office in Silicon Valley (albeit one with a remote receptionist!). It was interesting to hear how Stephane’s teams balance in-person culture with inclusiveness for all employees, no matter where they live. Read more about Stephane’s work at , and subscribe at , or .