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Automattic: Software = Freedom

Supporting Veterans and Military Spouses

Automattic is passionate about making the web a better place. Come learn from Mike Straw, Code Wrangler (Developer Apprentice) at Automattic and Cesar Abeid,
Lead Technical Account Manager at WordPress VIP (Automattic) about The Automattic Creed and their dedication to open source code. Bring your questions for these idea generators! (Hint: They're hiring and participating in the Virtual Job Fair on November 18th).

Mike Straw

Arushi Grover

Mike Straw was raised as an Air Force brat, then went on to join the Air Force. He served as an enlisted Communications-Computer Systems Operator and Programmer for 15 years. He then earned a commission and served another 10 years as a Personnel Officer. After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he retired, and found a job at a major university as a software developer on a web-based research administration system. Then he discovered Automattic and was hired as a Happiness Engineer for After discovering the flexibility and joys of remote work, he never looked back. In his four years at Automattic, he's supported customers for and, and is now completing a one-year apprenticeship as a Code Wrangler for

When he's not developing for one of the highest-traffic WooCommerce sites in the world, Mike is refereeing roller derby and working on his podcast: The Human Tapestry. He has a daughter, Angela, who is (in his biased opinion) one of the greatest chefs in the world. He lives with Deanna, his spouse and life partner of 9 years, their two dogs (Maggie and Maisy), and their four cats (Scrapper, Josh, Eliza, and Mjölnir).

Cesar Abeid

Arushi Grover

Cesar Abeid is a Project Management Professional®, Certified Scrum Master®, author, professional speaker, business coach and consultant, and entrepreneur. As the host of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast, Cesar reaches audiences of thousands around the world. Cesar also exercises his Project Management muscles as a lead Technical Account Manager at WordPress VIP, where he leads the team responsible for onboarding new enterprise customers into the organization. Cesar's eclectic experience also includes a 13-year stint as a reservist with the Royal Canadian Navy, and authoring the best selling book "Project Management for You: How to Turn Your Ideas Into Reality, Deliver On Your Promises, and Get Things Done."

Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, today Cesar lives in London, Ontario, Canada, with his wife Amy and three children, Laura, Adam, and Lucy

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