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.
Matthew 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 WordPress.com 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 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.
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 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 which he wrote from scratch in a few days over the holidays.
Mullenweg and the WordPress team released WordPress 1.5 “Strayhorn” 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 WordPress.org website that were using a technique known as cloaking. Mullenweg admitted it and removed all hidden articles.
After a somewhat quiet year, in October 2005 he announced he was leaving CNET to focus on WordPress and related activities full time.
Several days later, on October 25, Akismet was 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 WordPress.com stopped being invite-only and opened up to the world.
In December 2005 he announced Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com 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 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 !!