What’s this book about?

The author, Scott Berkun hired to work at WordPress writes about his experience working for one of the biggest publishing platform out there and shares his day-to-day vision from an expert’s perspective to lead a team of developers and create new projects.

“The future of work is distributed. Automattic wrote the script. Time for the rest of us to read it.” – Om Malik

In the year without pants, Scott Berkun talks from his own point of view about what defines a company’s culture, what it means to work from home from a practical standpoint to productivity tips and work ethic. The year without pants is without a doubt one of the funniest and most informative source of information you will find on the lifestyle that only a remote job can offer. Scott Berkun is fully honest and his raw and real type of writing fully immerses us in his time at WordPress.

The author writes about what he is going through daily behind his computer and from this particular case delivers us an original perspective of something much bigger almost invisible, that traditional media talk about sometimes but without going deeper than the surface, it is, “working from home” or from… basically where you want to be! And his all theory going through first to the last page is “WordPress is only a glimpse of what’s ahead of us for the future of work”. Well, that’s bold.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is one of the biggest open source publishing platform on the internet. Founded in 2005, WordPress is run by the company behind called Auttomatic. What’s original is the way this company works: even if WordPress HQ is located in San Francisco (not surprising right?) the vast majority of employees work from all over the world. They work by themselves behind their computer, use no email (nope, that’s not a joke), they interact with each others through tools like Slack and considers itself as a result and data-driven company.

And that’s all the point: finding a good work / personal life balance is not only a nice statement on Automattic website, this is THE company’s culture. Whether you’re sitting in a coffee shop or in your couch surrounded by your kids playing on the carpet in the Valley or half-way around the world in an exotic location, it doesn’t matter, what matters the most is that the work needs to get done.

Who is Matt Mullenweg?

Matt Mullenweg is a leading developer and founder of WordPress. CEO of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg when creating WordPress in 2005 was a dropout college twenty-something and from that time, his publishing grew without stopping and his publishing platform runs nowadays 23% of all websites on the internet. If you want learn more about him, you can visit his personal blog right here: (nice URL right?)

If you want to hear some funny stories from his own (gentle) voice. You can listen to him right here on this buddy’s podcast, Tim Ferris: the Tim Ferris Show

“If you want to think differently about entrepreneurship, management, or life, in general, read this book”. – Tim Ferriss

Some statistics about remote workers

At an age when 20% of the global Workforce telecommutes, 10% of Telecommuters work from home full time when 29% of Telecommuters work from home part of the week and 77% of companies with more than 2,500 employees allow remote working.

More figures and statistics, check out this cool infographic

What you will learn in this book:

Why remote working is the future?

  • Results Vs. Traditions
  • Main advice: hire self-sufficient, passionate people!

What are the main required skills to make it in a remote job?

  • independency
  • responsibility
  • accountability
  • focus
  • know how to go off

All this and much, much more!

The year without pants, Scott Berkun, Jossey-Bass, 2013.

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