Rocco Tripaldi

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Hello. My name is Rocco Tripaldi and I work for Automattic helping to make Jetpack awesome. I launched this website in May, 2013 as a place to store my family recipes, and to showcase some of my favorite software projects that I’ve worked on.

In addition to cooking up food and computer code, I also enjoy:

  • my lovely wife is an actress and playwright
  •  I got a BA in Graphic Communications
  •  I’v been playing since 1992, and I need to do it more!
  • Disc Golf, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Cat Petting

BruteProtect + Jetpack

I'm thrilled to report that, at the end of August 2014, Automattic acquired BruteProtect, a WordPress plugin that I'd been working on for the past 2 years or so. As part of the aquisition, founder Sam Hotchkiss, and the rest of the team were welcomed into the company behind WordPress! We will join the Jetpack team to integrate our brute force protection and help out with some other big changes. I'm so excited.

Listening to: My starred playlist on Spotify




Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted website with the best features from I started with this lovely team in August 2014 to help integrate some brute force protection and build some cool new features.

<span> paintings

These bizarre paintings are from the mind of Chris Sullivan, an artist who works in Portland, Maine. Blending HTML code and art was pretty time consuming for Chris. I made his life a bit easier by building an online tool that auto-generates the HTML.


BruteProtect is a WordPress plugin that offers protection against brute force attacks. I signed on as a contributor to this plugin in May 2013. In the spring of 2014, we launched a premium version of the plugin, which can be found at In August 2014, we were acquired by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.


Valuate is an art project by Chris Sullivan, an artist who works in Portland, Maine. The project has an online presence, which allows the public at large to collaborate. We are currently looking for a gallery to show Valuate.

Flight of Phrase

Flight of Phrase is my first jQuery plugin published on June 16, 2013. Use the links below to learn more. Approximate download count: 682.



Happy to Help

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Thai Salad With Grilled Steak

Serves 2 as a main course, or 4 as a side dish

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This salad has some great textures – tender steak, crisp vegetables, and creamy avocado. You must serve it with this Sesame Ginger Dressing.



  • 3/4 pound of New York Sirloin steak, about 1 inch thick
  • 2 good sized handfulls of mixed greens
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 small handfull of snow peas
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro
  • 1/3 cup of Sesame Ginger Dressing
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • salt & pepper
  1. Season the steak generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Preheat grill or heat a large frying pan to medium hot.
  2. Rinse greens and snow peas, and pat dry with a paper towel. Rinse red pepper and slice into thin strips. Rinse the scallions and chop finely. Give the cilantro a rough chop.
  3. Cook the steak about 4 minutes per side. If you are using your grill, you may only need 3 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove steak from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. While the steak is cooking, prepare the dressing.
  5. Combine the greens, red peppers, snow peas, cilantro, and scallions in a large bowl. Toss gently with half the dressing. Divide the salad evenly onto your serving plates.
  6. Peal, half, and slice the avocado and place on each of the salads.
  7. When the steak is cool, slice into strips, and place on salads. Drizzle the remaining dressing over each salad.