/// Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg on the Importance of Working Remotely
As we’ve seen unfold over the past two weeks, not everyone is into Marissa Mayer’s workplace ideas . That includes Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic, the company behind the giant blog-hosting platform WordPress. Unlike Mayer’s recent mandate “asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices,” most of Mullenweg’s employees work from home, spread out all over the world. “130 of Automattic’s 150 employees work outside of our San Francisco headquarters,” Mullenweg said in conversation with Kara Swisher at the South by Southwest conference on Saturday. “Why are so many companies stuck in this factory model of working?” To be fair, Mullenweg’s company is much smaller than Yahoo, which employs thousands in different offices around the world. And he readily admitted, “Are there some things you can’t do remotely? Sure.” But Mayer isn’t being as flexible as she could, Mullenweg said.
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Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg on the Importance of Working Remotely
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