Matt Mullenweg on Recode Decode

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My CEO, Matt Mullenweg, was recently a guest on Recode Decode with host Kara Swisher. I listened in full to the interview while biking across the Eastern Shore of Maryland this weekend and I really enjoyed their chat.

I thought Matt and Kara had a very thoughtful discussion – it wasn’t your typical Silicon Valley horserace (who’s up and who’s down) conversation, but rather, Matt guided the conversation (quite deftly) in a direction that opened up a broader discussion about technology, WordPress and what other leaders in tech need to be thinking about as we all traverse the choppy waters that are 2018.

I’ve worked for Automattic for 6+ years and I really enjoyed hearing Matt lay out the ground-game for WordPress (and Automattic) – what’s worked, what’s coming and why our company and products have succeeded, despite huge changes in the blogging/CMS ecosystem.

You can stream the interview below, via RadioPublic’s slick podcasting player.

Oh, and did I mention that Automattic is hiring? Job listings can be found here.

Legacy Of A King

This TIME / Obama.org video is superb.

President Barack Obama and the legendary civil rights icon John Lewis sit down to discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today marks the 50th anniversary since his assassination. Kudos to my friend (and great reporter) Philip Elliot, whose byline appears on the story.

Some more powerful reads on the significance of this milestone anniversary.

NYT: The Power of Bobby Kennedy’s Eulogy for Martin Luther King [link]
NYT: The Last Year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life, According to The Times [link]

Walter Cronkite’s broadcast announcing the assassination of Dr. King:

Extra Credit

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Extra Credit Promotional Poster. Art design by Paige Cohen.

My twin brother Matthew is a cool guy. And extremely handsome. He actually reminds me of myself, when I was younger.

Over the past year or so, Matthew has made an epic transition into filmmaking. His journey started at The New School where he received a Certificate in Documentary Media Studies and where he produced a fantastic short documentary entitled Extra Credit. The film was selected to be shown at DOC NYC in 2017 and he’s gotten many accolades for the work he did and the characters he introduced in his groundbreaking narrative.

To say that I’m proud of my brother would be an understatement. I’ve had a front row seat over the past year as he went from amateur to professional and every day he remains focused on honing his craft, finding new stories and hustling in this new and exciting medium.

Today, on my blog, I’m happy to share Extra Credit with you. If you enjoy, please share the link.

Matthew, congrats, I can’t wait wait for the next one!

Extra Credit from Matthew Slutsky on Vimeo. Music by the very talented Zac Selissen.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89 today.

Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King put out a series of tweets to commemorate her father and his legacy.

Now more than ever, America needs courageous leaders and an engaged citizenry willing to take on bigotry and racism.

We, the super majority of Americans who are awake, must annihilate the bubbling undercurrent of America whose racist movement has put Donald Trump in the White House.

Donald Trump does not represent American values. He’s a sad, lonely man.

MLK’s words ring more true today than ever before. Let’s hope next year is better.

Onward!

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