The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 10, 2013 - Business & Economics - 258 pages
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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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Review: The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work

User Review  - Thomas Umstattd - Goodreads

I saw this book and had to pick it up. There have been far too few books about and Automattic written. This book has changed my views on remote working. Automattic runs as a completely ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

How to spoil the book on the most unusual company on the Internet? Be the boring manager who thinks he brings into the world the best and most innovative ideas a person can ever come about. (To be ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Scott Berkun is the author of four popular books: Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. His work as a writer and speaker has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Wired, the Economist, Fast Company, and Forbes and on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and other media. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at, and he tweets at @berkun. (Berkun may or may not be wearing pants in this photo.)

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