Farewell Automattic. Hello Close.io.

Just over four years ago I was lucky enough to get a gig at Automattic, a company I had long admired.

The last four years have been a rollercoaster of travel, learning, and working with world-class people and entrepreneurs as I worked to improve and grow Jetpack.

It was a privilege to see the company grow from ~200 to 700+ people (all remote!), get to know world-class people like Matt MullenwegToni SchneiderJohn Maeda, and work alongside some of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with including Jesse Friedman, Anthony Bubel, Sam Hotchkiss, George StephanisJames Grierson and way too many more to list.

I’m now even luckier to be joining Close.io (also remote!) as Director of Marketing with the opportunity of helping this vibrant organisation grow as well as the opportunity of learning a raft of new things myself.

Incidentally, both organisations are hiring (Automattic, Close.io) and I’m proud to recommend both of them if you’re on the hunt for a rewarding and remote position.

Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship: Travel scholarship to WordCamp US

The WordPress Foundation recently announced the launch of the Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship. Kim, a contributor to the WordPress project who recently passed away, was passionate about WordPress and particularly about involving women – and older women – in tech.

The scholarship will cover attendance, travel and lodging expenses for attending WordCamp US (to be held for the first time this year in Philadelphia) for people who meet specific criteria as described in the announcement post:

This specific scholarship in her memory is therefore limited only to applicants who fulfill all four requirements: a woman (this includes trans women), an active contributor to the WordPress open source project (through one of the contributor teams or as a local meetup/WordCamp organizer), someone with financial need, and someone who has never attended WordCamp San Francisco (the precursor to WCUS). There is more information on why we chose these conditions in the original announcement post.

The application deadline is September 2, 2015 so don’t wait to apply.

Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler.

Yesterday Matt mentioned this poster by Joey Roth in conversation about how to strike a balance between getting things done and designing the “perfect” product or experience.

I love posters like these where graphic designers are able to convey with just a few (21!) simple lines a relatively complicated thing to explain in words. More importantly for me this sort of depiction is even more memorable than the equivalent in text.

In a way, by creating (and selling) the poster, the designer is practicing what the poster is preaching.

Get the back story (and order a copy!) over here.

Why good people do bad things and how they convince others to help them

A colleague today shared this NPR programme about Toby Groves – a man who committed large scale fraud – and how new research into fraud shows that a lot of fraud is unintentional.

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Traditionally, when we think about bad behavior, we think about character.

But psychologists who study bad behavior — who study, say, fraud in the business world — have found that that character doesn’t explain everything. They’ve found that a lot of unethical behavior can be explained by cognitive errors — errors that affect almost everyone.

Listen to the full (~20 minute) recording here.