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Matt Mullenweg

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Matthew Charles Mullenweg (b. January 11, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is a web developer living in San Francisco, California.

He is the founding developer of the popular open-source blogging software WordPress and writes a popular blog Photo Matt. After quitting his job at CNET, he has devoted the majority of his time to developing a number of open source projects and is a frequent speaker at conferences. In late 2005, he founded Automattic, the business behind and Akismet.



In June 2002 Matt started using b2/cafelog blogging software to complement the photos he was taking on a trip to Washington D.C. after participating in the National Fed Challenge competition. He contributed some minor code regarding typographic entities and cleaner permalinks.

In January 2003 several months after b2 had been disabled he wondered where to go with his blog and was contacted by Mike Little, together they started WordPress.

In March 2003 Matt co-founded the Global multimedia protocols group with Eric Meyer and Tantek Çelik. GMPG wrote the first of the Microformats. (GMPG History)

In April 2004 with fellow WordPress developer Dougal Campbell Matt launched Ping-O-Matic which is an update ping hub. Ping-O-Matic currently handles over 1 million pings a day.

In May 2004 chief WordPress competitor Movable Type announced a radical price change which drove thousands of users to seek alternate solutions. This is widely regarded as the tipping point for WordPress.

In October 2004 Matt was recruited by CNET to work on WordPress for them and help them with blogs and new media offerings. He moved to San Francisco from Houston, TX the following month.

In December 2004 Matt announced bbPress which he wrote from scratch in a few days over the holidays.

February 2005 Matt and the WordPress team released WordPress 1.5 “Strayhorn”, which had over 900,000 downloads. The release introduced their theme system, moderation features, and a new front end and back end redesign.

During late March and early April 2005, Andrew Baio found at least 168,000 hidden articles on website, using technical known as cloaking. Matt admitted it and removed all hidden articles.

After a somewhat quiet year, in October 2005 Mullenweg announced he was leaving CNET to focus on WordPress and related activities full time.

Several days later, on October 25, Akismet is made public to the world. Akismet is a distributed effort to stop comment and trackback spam by using the collective input of everyone using the service.

In November 2005 Mullenweg’s project stopped being invite-only and opened up to the world.

In December 2005 Mullenweg announced Automattic, the company behind and Akismet. Automattic employed people who had contributed to the WordPress project, including lead developer Ryan Boren and WordPress MU creator Donncha O Caoimh. An Akismet licensing deal and WordPress bundling was announced with Yahoo! Small Business web hosting about the same time.

In January 2006 Matt recruited former Oddpost CEO and Yahoo! executive Toni Schneider to join Automattic as CEO, bringing the size of the company to 5.


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