Matt Mullenweg: Why working from home is good for business
Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder and CEO of Automattic. Full bio
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with working in an office
of your work environment.
and I'm the CEO of Automattic,
Jetpack and WooCommerce.
and they live everywhere,
to where I live in Texas.
to have a home base, they're nomads.
or traveling through Airbnbs,
every day, week or month.
we don't care where they are.
didn't happen accidentally.
from the very beginning.
and some aren't.
to describe what we do,
on an equal playing field.
to build a company.
approach it consciously.
were people I'd never met in person.
sometimes for years.
for one simple reason.
throughout the world.
the big tech companies fish
the same small pond or bay.
can fish from the entire ocean.
in Japan but lives in California,
wherever they are in the world.
understanding of that culture
to go distributed,
over how they do their work.
where specific hours are important,
their windows, the food they want to eat,
and when there's silence.
the room should be.
you'd spend commuting
that are important to you.
is ideal for a technology company.
but what about everyone else?"
to build distributed capability.
to make decisions in the moment,
are having those conversations
without understanding the why.
and what you were thinking about.
where you left off.
time zones to interact,
as an organization evolves,
as possible online.
it allows new people to catch up quickly.
that help with day-to-day communication,
probably aren't objects anymore.
through your computer.
tools that enable collaboration,
48 weeks out of the year
three or four weeks apart.
for short, intense bursts.
comes together for a week.
everyone's aligned and on the same page,
with their colleagues.
the rest of the year,
that understanding and empathy.
to make their own work environment.
has a co-working stipend
towards a co-working space
get kicked out of the coffee shop.
decided to pool their stipends together
gets a home-office stipend.
in getting the right chair, monitor,
the most productive environment for them.
that are distributed first.
I predict that 90 percent of companies
the course of the world
or they'll be replaced by those that are.
what you're going to build next,
into global talent,
where they feel they should
it is that you're creating together.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERMatt Mullenweg - Democratizer
Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder and CEO of Automattic.
Why you should listen
Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder and CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce and Jetpack. He also runs Audrey Capital, an investment and research company.
Mullenweg has been recognized for his leadership and success by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Inc. Magazine, TechCrunch, Fortune, Fast Company, Wired, University Philosophical Society and Vanity Fair.
Mullenweg is originally from Houston, Texas, where he attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and studied jazz saxophone. In his spare time, he is an avid photographer. Mullenweg splits time between Houston, New York and San Francisco.
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