The Year Without Pants and the Future of Work

Scott Berkun

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A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success
50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. With a fraction of the resources of Google, Amazon, or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet. How is this possible? What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods?
To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of's phenomenal success from the inside. Berkun's story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone's future.
* Offers a fast-paced and entertaining insider's account of how an amazing, powerful organization achieves impressive results
* Includes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativity
* Written by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun (
The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world-changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic's success.


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Erscheinungsdatum 10.09.2013
Verlag John Wiley & Sons Inc
Seitenzahl 272
Maße 23,7/16,4/2,7 cm
Gewicht 548 g
Auflage 1. Auflage
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-118-66063-8


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  • What You Need to Know 1

    1 The Hotel Electra 3

    2 The First Day 9

    3 Tickets for Caturday 20

    4 Culture Always Wins 28

    5 Your Meetings Will Be Typed 41

    6 The Bazaar at the Cathedral 53

    7 The Big Talk 64

    8 The Future of Work, Part 1 73

    9 Working the Team 82

    10 How to Start a Fire 95

    11 Real Artists Ship 106

    12 Athens Lost and Found 118

    13 Double Down 129

    14 There Can Be Only One 138

    15 The Future of Work, Part 2 148

    16 Innovation and Friction 161

    17 The Intense Debate 166

    18 Follow the Sun 171

    19 The Rise of Jetpack 175

    20 Show Me the Money 186

    21 Portland and the Collective 195

    22 The Bureau of Socialization 211

    23 Exit Through Hawaii 223

    24 The Future of Work, Part 3 230

    Epilogue: Where Are They Now? 234

    Notes 236

    Annotated Bibliography 241

    Acknowledgments 243

    About the Author 245

    Index 247