Archives for Scott Farquhar

Atlassian’s IPO and the power of teams

Today is a big day for Atlassian. A few minutes ago, we became a publicly traded company. Mike and I had the honor of ringing the NASDAQ opening bell, and we can think of no better way to celebrate than to recognize the work of our customers around the world and their teams that helped make all this possible.

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50,000 dreams come true

$48,500. That was the PricewaterhouseCoopers salary that I turned down in 2002 to start Atlassian with Mike Cannon-Brookes. There was no technology industry in Australia at the time, nor a start-up industry. Our university professors disowned us. Our parents looked the other way. Our original goal was to earn more than $48,500 and not to have to wear a suit to work. Before we achieved that humble goal, we set a big, hairy, audacious goal to one day have 50,000 customers. Fifty-fucking-thousand!

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Pledge 1%: a new model for corporate philanthropy

Back when Atlassian was a very small company, we made a pledge to divert 1% of equity, 1% of product, 1% of profit, and 1% of employee time to charitable causes–a corporate philanthropy model pioneered by Salesforce. We made that pledge publicly so our customers and staff would hold us accountable. And it worked. Twelve years later, we have helped over 250,000 children in the developing world get an education they wouldn't otherwise have had access to through a partnership with the Room to Read foundation.

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Atlassian customers: 40,000 reasons to celebrate

2014 has been a banner year for Atlassian. We introduced JIRA Portfolio and Atlassian Enterprise, held our biggest and brightest Summit yet, and opened new offices in Manila and Austin, Texas. There's another milestone that hasn't been talked about as much as these others, but is incredibly meaningful for all Atlassians, especially Mike and myself: we now have more than 40,000 organizations as customers. Small company, big goals Back when we had less than 500 customers, Mike and I wondered

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Introducing JIRA Enterprise

Along with the launch of JIRA 5, I'm proud to announce JIRA Enterprise - tailored to the needs of our largest, most successful JIRA customers.  But before I do - let me share how the software industry has evolved. Every company is a software company It's an exciting time to be in the software industry. We interact with technology companies like Twitter, Facebook, Apple, ebay and Skype on a daily basis, in a way that we couldn't even conceive as recently as 10 years ago. But there is a broader

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When caching is not caching

Back in July last year (how time flies), I investigated how we could use caching in our products to improve the user experience. This resulting in creating a framework for serving content that can be cached on the client. We now use this for JIRA, Confluence and Bamboo. The idea is that some resources (css, images, javascript), never change between releases, and so we add 'caching headers' to say cache it forever. You can see how we have achieved that by using on the online services: Test caching

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