From SVSU to Automattic

I started attending Saginaw Valley State University in 1998. A year and a half later, I got a job in the IT Services Support Center as a Student Technician. In 2002 I was hired as a Help Desk Analyst and graduated with my Bachelor’s a few months later. A little over a year ago I took a job as Microlab Technology Specialist. After nearly 10 years, Wednesday was my last day working for SVSU.

During my time with the school, I made a lot of friends and gained great experience. I’m sad to leave the people and a place that has been good for me, but I’m happy to be moving onto something new.

For the past 6 weeks, whenever I wasn’t at SVSU, I was working for Automattic. Thursday was my first day as Happiness Engineer for the company. My main focus is to provide support for but I also get my hands a little dirty with WordPress and other things. Automattic is a young company with a bright future. I’m thrilled to join a very talented team.

How did this come about?

Late in 2003 I was looking for some software to run a blog. I landed at Photo Matt and liked the way the site was setup, so I shot Matt an email. He suggested I give WordPress a try and I’ve been using it ever since. Over the years, I’ve contacted Matt a few times and earlier this year at the MacWorld WordPress meetup I had a chance to meet him in person. A week later I was browsing around the Automattic web site and noticed some jobs openings, so I applied. Now here I am…it’s my job to work with WordPress. Somebody pinch me!

26 Replies to “From SVSU to Automattic”

  1. Nice. I wouldn’t mind working for WordPress …

    It’s funny, WordPress wasn’t my first blog software. And I wasn’t fortunate enough to stumble across someone who could point me in the right direction… Previously I worked exclusively with b2evolution. But after discovering WordPress in late 2006, I was hooked. And it is now my preferred CMS.

    The best thing about WordPress – besides being a great piece of software – is that it is very intuitive. I never have to teach my clients how to use the interface.


  2. Hi, I read ur blog and website and was mesmerised..WOw

    Thanks for ur support to blogspot.

    However I have one request that I really hope u would answer:)

    As you all know, wordpress has no chatbox like those in blogspot.

    We really hope that u could provide us with one.

    It`ll be the best thing that could ever happen !!! πŸ™‚



  3. WP indeed is well-loved by major SE’s, it is also the easiest to manipulate blogging CMS formats ever invented in the face of the internet. Great post!


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