This is one of my favorite views of the city — I run past it a couple times a week, though usually during the day. It was a nice night, so I finally went out with my camera and got a decent shot. I didn’t have a tripod, so I sat in the grass along John Nolan Drive and propped the camera on my knee. I actually wanted to get Monona Terrace in the photo as well, but the lens was too long. Next time!
It’s been a year plus one day since I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, which means I’ve been working at Automattic for exactly a year.
Ooo… My diploma came today. pic.twitter.com/O4p95tc2qj
— Josh Betz (@jshbz) July 3, 2013
In the past year, I’ve seen whales in Boston, palm trees in Santa Cruz, dolphins in Key West, and a sun rise in Napa.
I’ve also had the chance to work with the best people, coolest clients, and interesting projects I could have hoped for in my first year out of school. I interned at Automattic the summer before my final year of school. I wanted to work here for a long time before that, but after meeting the people I would work with, I didn’t want to work anywhere else. I’m proud of the work we do, contributing to the WordPress community, our open source code, but it’s the people that really make it a great company.
I’ve been able to do all of this without moving away from my friends, family, and the best place in the world that’s buried by snow for 5 months every year.
This weekend at the 2014 UW graduation, I was reminded how I felt a year ago — proud of what I had accomplished and where I was going. We get better at what we do every day and I’m just as proud to work here today as I was then.
Also, we’re hiring. 🙂