Matt Mullenweg kicked off WooConf 2016 in Austin, and gave a good overview of the State of the Woo. Still waiting to hear the story behind the green hair-do.
Back in 2012 we had a talented designer do some posters for WooThemes dubbed WooVille, and this is one of my favorites. I’m in the process of getting our WooVille comic series printed as posters for my home office. Sitting at 25 people, we managed to double in size over the next three years before we were acquired by Automattic.
Hiring people that don’t live near you or your office is becoming more common, and we have embraced this from the start at WooThemes (and Automattic).
At WordCamp Europe, Tom Wilmot from Human Made did a great presentation on this:
Mark (my co-founder at Woo) spoke at WordCamp Europe on the story of WooThemes. If you are interested in how we grew Woo from 3 to 55 people in just under seven years, and how we were eventually acquired by Automattic, then take a look at the video of the presentation.
After several months of due diligence, we inked the deal in the middle of May and were waiting for closing items to be completed. One of the biggest items on the closing agenda was the approval from SARB. For those fortunate enough to have dealt with the banking system in South Africa, you’ll know that timeframes are very hard to establish.
We had pegged 1 July as the start date for all employee contracts but weren’t too optimistic about getting a response by then. To our surprise, we got the approval on Monday so we could go ahead with the last closing items. We worked frantically for two days to tie all loose ends and finished our accounts for June in record time to allow us to be able to keep the 1 July date.
9th of July would have marked the seventh birthday for WooThemes, after creating it with Mark and Adii back in 2008. It has been one hell of a life-changing journey to be part of, and I’m so happy that our team of 55 people (minus 2) are joining us in this next adventure as part of Automattic.
Today marks my first day at Automattic, and however overwhelming it may be I’m really excited for what the future holds.