About Me

Hello! I’m Steph Yiu, and it’s nice to meet you.

I’ve worked at WordPress.com VIP since 2012, at an amazing distributed company called Automattic. I’m deeply passionate about my work in managing and growing remote teams. I speak on this topic often, and document my presentations here.

I’ve also spent much of my career at the intersection of journalism and technology. Before Automattic, I worked at America’s Test Kitchen and at the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye. I’ve interned at the Boston Globe and The Oregonian. After years of working with newsrooms, I wanted to bring together folks who supported journalists and open source, and helped co-create the nonprofit WordCamp for Publishers conference.

If you were to ask me where I’m from, I would tell you it’s a mix of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Chicago, and now Boston. Even my parents can’t keep it straight. I went to school at Northwestern University and Singapore American School. A long time ago, I created Denizen, an online magazine about Third Culture Kids – those of us who grew up everywhere and nowhere. The magazine brought together a community that helped me better understand and “own” what it means to be a blend of cultures and perceptions.

And then there’s this blog. Blogging is how I scrapbook. It’s a habit I’ve kept up since I was 15. The content ebbs and flows from travel, to self discovery, to work, to home improvement, to life. It’s a little bit all over the place, but isn’t that how we all are? If you like what you read, you can subscribe to my blog (below) to get email alerts of my latest posts.

The quickest way to reach me is @crushgear, but if you prefer email, I’m steph at hoppycow dot com. Thanks for stopping by!

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Sometimes, I get linked to for various reasons.

on WordPress

NiemanLab: How to run a news site on WordPress like a VIP

WPTavern: WordCamp for Publishers to be Held in Denver, August 17-19

on remote work

Be Success: Remote work with Automattic and WordPress

Bloter: Remote work with Automattic

WorkDifferent: Steph Yiu, Automattic

Workbar: Working Remotely for Extroverts

on takemewithyou, an installation in Chicago

CBS Chicago: 100 Chicagoans’ Lives Exposed In Photo Exhibit

Gapers Block: Make Believe this Summer

TimeOut Chicago: Wicker Park gets pop-up art

Marie Claire: Editor’s Blog

Our Urban Times: Make believe, reflect and vote

The Puzzler: takemewithyou, a collaborative art project

on 24@NU, a series of featurettes on NU life

Northwestern Magazine: The Storyteller — Steph Yiu

on denizen, a magazine for Global Nomads

Clark University: Global Stories and Lasting Connections

The Change School: Values and Identity with Steph Yiu

CollegeXpress: Profile of Denizen Magazine Founder Steph Yiu

Expats Guide: About Denizen, an online magazine for Third Culture Kids

Al Jazeera: TV appearance on Cultural Chameleons

PRI’s Otherhood: Radio appearance on being a Third Culture Kid

on selfies with seals :D

TechCrunch: Automattic experiments with selfies app

Profile photo taken at Cloud Gate in downtown Chicago.

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