Matt Mullenweg – WordPress Creator On This Weeks Net Income

by Jeremy Schoemaker on January 7, 2007 · 16 comments

WordPress creator and the internet’s #1 Matt (according to google) – Matt Mullenweg will be on this weeks episode of Net Income. This episode will also be co-hosted by Best Of The Webs own and major wordpress fan Greg Hartnett! Be sure to listen live this Tuesday Jan 9th at 5pm CST (3pm PST) at webmaster radio.

Here is a little bio on Matt stolen from his wiki page.

Matt MullenwegMatthew Charles Mullenweg (born January 11, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is an entrepreneur 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 Mullenweg started using the 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.

Several months after development of b2 had stopped, in January 2003, he announced[1] on his blog his plan of forking the software to bring it up to date web standards and his needs. He was quickly contacted by Mike Little and together they started WordPress from the b2 codebase. They were soon joined by original b2 developer Michel Valdrighi.

In March 2003 he co-founded the Global Multimedia Protocols Group with Eric Meyer and Tantek Çelik. GMPG wrote the first of the Microformats.[2]

In April 2004 with fellow WordPress developer Dougal Campbell, they launched Ping-O-Matic which is a hub for notifying blog search engines such as Technorati of blog updates. 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, he was recruited by CNET[5] 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, Mullenweg announced bbPress[6] which he wrote from scratch in a few days over the holidays.

Mullenweg and the WordPress team released WordPress 1.5 “Strayhorn”[7] in February 2005, 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 the website that were using a technique known as cloaking.[8] Mullenweg admitted it and removed all hidden articles.[9]

After a somewhat quiet year, in October 2005 he announced he was leaving CNET[10] to focus on WordPress and related activities full time.

Several days later, on October 25, Akismet was made public to the world.[11] 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 he 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[12] and WordPress bundling[13] was announced with Yahoo! Small Business web hosting about the same time.

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

If you have a question you want to ask Matt feel free to leave it in the comments or call in live !!

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Shoemoney 1 Rich

Question for Matt – How cool is it to tell your friends “just google for Matt” to goto your homepage.

2 Tom

Question for Matt:

How do you think the news that Blogsmith will be released in 2007 will affect the blogosphere, and specifically Wordpress?

3 Max

Question for Matt:

Will you marry me.

4 John Loch

Question for Matt:

As the creator of, and primary driver behind WP development, do you see any particular trends in how people are monetizing WP, and do you have any tips & tricks for its future monetization.

Looking forward, what other blog related technologies are likely to emerge (reads multimedia blogging support etc) and do you have a pet project of your own ?


5 fusion

Question for Matt:

How do you feel when you so many people making millions out of your tool? And how are you monetizing your projects?

6 markus941

Question for Matt:

Are there plans to create an Akismet for email? When do you estimate WP 2.1 will come out? What plugins do you have installed on your blog?

7 Nicholas

Tom has an excellent question regarding Blogsmith… Also, I have one question that’s really not blog related (or maybe it is)

What is his number one inspiration in his daily life?

8 Mike Peters - SoftwareProjects

Question for Matt:

What’s next?

9 andrew wee

Question for Matt:

What made you decide to put pics of scary Japanese Goth Shinjuku chicks on your blog? And have you received any lawsuits yet?

I know looking at them took a few years off my life…

10 lnahinu

I know this is a hard question to ask. But people I have seen that has made a hard effort in the computer field or any other field dealing with the internet begin to follow other hobbies when they feel their job is done. What is or will your hobby be after you finish wordpress? Or will you keep on making updating it? Photography?

11 anthony greene

Just felt like droppin in and reading the latest from the hottest viral marketing team around. Keep up the great work.

12 andrew wee

Ugh, Matt, sorry bout confusing you with another Matt.

Yep, it was another guy who had the Japanese Goth girls on his blog. Thanks for the clarification on Net Income…

13 Kevin Kelly

I am amazed with it. It is a good thing for my research. Thanks. ^_^

14 Anna

I am sorry, Matt, that
you are hosting the disinformation
campaign of the CIA and MI6
through the attack sites of
Robert Priddy and others.

You are karmically responsible
for the lies you promote

15 Doug Duplessis

Howdy! I enjoy your blog but I’m having issues getting it to display right in the Nautilus browser. You might want to check your stylesheets. Rock on! :)

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