Not 21 years old, but that is now the number of people employed by Automattic. As was reported by Ed Sutherland of ProBlogNews.com, Automattic has hired Warwick Poole, former director of systems at Vidavee which was recently acquired by Vignette. According to his job title as “Systemologist” Warwick will be in control of.
Keeping the barriers to online publishing low, by scaling the infrastructure which runs WordPress.org, WordPress.com, Akismet.com and other related projects.
But that wasn’t enough for me. I sent Warwick an email containing a few questions regarding his title, as well as his role within Automattic. Here are his responses.
Jeff - First off, congratulations on becoming the 21st employee for Automattic.
Warwick - Thanks, I am very pleased to be involved with Automattic.
Jeff - Mind telling us how this all came about?
Warwick - I am a longtime WordPress user. So I have known about the company for a while. I found Automattic’s recruitment note hidden in their HTTP headers (an innovation typical of this group) and got in contact. Then I met some of the Automattic team.
Jeff - What will your primary focus be while employed by Automattic?
Warwick – For the next few weeks, supporting WordPress.com users and helping bloggers with any support questions they have. All new employees work the support desk for 3 weeks as a way to grok the user experience and to get to know the product(s) well. It’s a great idea. All companies should do this.
Check this: http://automattic.com/about/how-we-work
Jeff - Your role within the company has been labeled as a Systemologist, just what exactly does that mean?
Warwick - It’s a made up title, like some of the other Automattic titles I will be working in the Systems group which looks after the infrastructure powering WordPress.com, WordPress.org and Akismet, and some other projects no doubt.
Jeff – The job criteria states that the employee will be working on keeping the barriers to publishing low while scaling various projects administered by Automattic. Can you give us a couple of your ideas on how you plan on improving the scalability of these projects?
Warwick - Thats not an official Automattic job criteria, I wrote that on my LinkedIn profile. To me, WordPress represents liberty: an instant global publishing system that is accessible to anyone who has the means to be online. The Automattic team is world class and an incredibly talented group of people and their systems are scaling already to impressive levels. This is accomplished with a team so small that it’s hard to fathom. I’ll be working with these guys.
Jeff – What can the end users of the various projects administered under the Automattic umbrella look forward to with your employment?
Warwick - Someone who can speak Afrikaans. But most importantly, a vegetarian amongst the BBQ lovers at Automattic
With the popularity of WordPress.com along with other Automattic projects increasing, Warwick will have plenty of work ahead of him to accomplish. But I think it’s reassuring to see Automattic take a vested interest in trying to make the WordPress software as scalable as possible. Keep in mind that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are live examples of what is capable with WordPress. What is accomplished by those two sites can be equally accomplished by anyone else.
Congratulations to Warwick for becoming the next member of the Automattic team.