Matt Mullenweg Biography
Matt Mullenweg (Matthew Charles) is an American online social media entrepreneur and web developer living in San Francisco. He is best known for developing free and open-source web software WordPress, now managed by The WordPress Foundation.
After he dropped out from the University of Houston, he worked at CNET Networks from 2004 to 2006 until he quited and founded Automattic, the business behind WordPress.com (which provides free WordPress blogs and other services), Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress, IntenseDebate, Polldaddy, and more.
Matt Mullenweg Age
Matt Mullenweg was born on January 11, 1984 in Houston, Texas, US.
Matt Mullenweg Net worth
Matt Mullenweg has an estimated net worth of $250 million.
Matt Mullenweg Education
Matt Mullenweg attended kinder high school for the performing and visual arts where he studied jazz saxophone. He later joined the University of Houston, where he majoring in Political Science, before he dropped out in 2004 to pursue a job at CNET Networks.
Matt Mullenweg entrepreneur and web developer
In January 2003, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little started WordPress from the b2 codebase. They were soon joined by original b2 developer Michel Valdrighi. At the time Matt was 19 years old, and a freshman from the University of Houston. He co-founded the Global Multimedia Protocols Group (GMPG) in March 2004 with Eric Meyer and Tantek Çelik. GMPG wrote the first of the Microformats.
In April 2004, WordPress developer, launched Ping-O-Matic, a hub for notifying blog search engines like Technorati about blog updates. The following month, WordPress competitor Movable Type announced a radical price change, driving thousands of users to seek another blogging platform; this is widely seen as the tipping point for WordPress. He announced bbPress in December, Mullenweg and the WordPress team released WordPress 1.5 “Strayhorn” in February 2005, which had over 900,000 downloads. He left CNET in October 2005 to focus on WordPress and related activities full-time, and announced Akismet several days later.
In January 2006 he recruited former Oddpost CEO and Yahoo! executive Toni Schneider to join Automatic as CEO, bringing the size of the company to 5. An April 2007 Regulation D filing showed that Automatic raised approximately $1.1 million. Investors were Polaris Ventures, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and CNET. Automatic employed people who had contributed to the WordPress project, including lead developer Ryan Boren and WordPress MU creator Donncha O Caoimh.
A reporter at eMarketer called him to “Quite an entrepreneur and visionary” and compared WordPress’ momentum over its competitors to Facebook’s growing popularity over MySpace. He runs an angel investment firm of Audrey Capital, which has backed nearly 30 companies since 2008. In 2011 he backed Y Combinator startup Earbits. According to his blog the funding was a result of spurned acquisition offers months before and the decision to keep the company independent. At the time the company had 18 employees. One of the reported plans for the funding was in a forum service called TalkPress.
Matt Mullenweg Awards and recognition
In March 2007, he was named 16 of the 50 most important people on the web by PC World, reportedly the youngest on the list. In 2008, Mullenweg received the Information Technology Innovator Award presented by Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management to those who have applied Information Technology to create new business opportunities.
In July 2008 he was featured on the cover Linux Journal. In December 2010, he was awarded the Winner the of TechFellow Award in “Product Design and Marketing”. In January 2011, Business Insider listed Mullenweg as of their 30 Founders under 30 list for creating WordPress, the power behind many new startups. In October 2011, Mullenweg made Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment prestigious list of rising talents in tech, media, policy, and business. In December 2011, he was listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social/Mobile for the impact he has made on the blogging world through open source.
Matt Mullenweg Personal life philanthropy
He is a Dvorak Keyboard user and can type over 120wpm. He is on the board of Grist.org, the founder/director of the WordPress Foundation, and is the only non-company high level sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation. He therefore supports a number of philanthropic organizations including Archive.org, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Software Foundation, Long Now, and Innocence Project.
He is also a member of The Well at the non-profit “Charity: Water” organization (with which he traveled to Ethiopia in February 2012) where he supports providing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. For his 28th birthday he started a campaign which raised over $28,000 for the cause, and then over $44,000 for his 30th. He was a major supporter of The Bay Lights project, both as the first donor and later helping to finish the project with a second $1.5 million donation.
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“Vague, but exciting.” Thirty years ago yesterday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted his original proposal for an information management system to his boss at CERN — what would later become the World Wide Web (and, it turns out, a huge influence on my life and career).
To help celebrate, I tweeted WordPress’s contribution to the web’s grand timeline (above), and I got to participate in The Economist’s Babbage podcast looking back at the pioneers of the early web. Listen to the whole episode.