Troy Dean, Torque Contributor and host of the WP Elevation Podcast, has put together a fascinating group of speakers for a live panel that will be talking, in-depth, about the future of WordPress. At 12 noon Pacific, a handful of notable WordPress influencers will be discussing the opportunities and challenges faced by WordPress professionals. WP Think Tank will take place in a live Google Hangout where viewers will be able to interact, chat, and ask questions. Panelists include Matt Mullenweg, Jake Goldman, Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Shane Pearlman, Tom Willmot, Miriam Schwab, and Scott Basgaard. This is sure to be an interesting talk! Tune in […]
This question is at the center of the recent security breach involving Disqus, a widely used comment hosting service, and Gravatar, a service owned by WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg’s company Automattic. Gravatar allows users to maintain a consistent profile picture across websites enabling a Gravatar plugin. Until recently, Disqus enabled Gravatar which uses an MD5 hash, an algorithm designed in 1991, to mask the email addresses associated with each Gravatar account. Gravatar’s MD5 hash has been proven to be easily hackable. In December, a group of investigative journalists at Sweden’s Researchgruppen was able to de-anonymize the identities of thousands of […]
Yesterday, on the heels of his 30th birthday, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg announced that he would be taking over as CEO of Automattic, the company he founded just over eight years ago, marking a transition from his focus on tech and product to business. He will be swapping roles with Toni Schneider, who announced in a blog post yesterday that he felt a “sense of completion” in regard to Automattic’s early goals and that he was ready to “work on some new product ideas.” Schneider will fill the role of advisor that Mullenweg has held. “Internally this isn’t a big […]
…Plus an exclusive Q & A with “Maestro” Organizer Zé Fontainhas. It’s official: WordCamp Europe was a success. We have many hard-working folks to thank, including: Tammie Lister Caspar Hübinger Marcel Bootsman Xavier Borderie Paolo Belcastro Zé Fontainhas Ana Aires Siobhan McKeown Noel Tock Remkus de Vries Hanni Ross Let’s give them all a big “cheers,” shall we? They pulled off quite an amazing event, and deserve lots of kudos! WordCamp Europe 2013—held this year from October 5 – 7 in Leiden, The Netherlands—was the first large-scale WordCamp to be held in Europe. With over 700 attendees representing a multitude […]
Matt Mullenweg will be dropping into /r/Iama tomorrow, (Wednesday) July 31, at 3pm PDT. For those of you who are not familiar with Reddit, /Iama stands for “I Am A.” The thread always starts with the person of interest stating: I am ________. AMA. AMA stands for “ask my anything” and AMAA stands for “Ask me almost anything.” Past participants include Bill Gates, Stephen Colbert, Stan Lee and even Barack Obama. We are excited to see what people ask Matt, especially since this is happening right after his 2013 State of the Word address. To catch up on what Redditors are chatting about right […]
On Saturday, the second day of WordCamp San Francisco 2013, Matt Mullenweg delivered the annual State of The Word address to a standing-room-only crowd of eager WordPress devotees. New statistics, development updates, video teasers, and one last joke about Jay-Z crashing the after party pleased the excited audience. Matt also shared the results of the annual survey, completed by 30,000 WordPress users and developers, and spotlighted WordPress’s recent rockstars. Here are the main numerical takeaways: • 18.9% of the web is now running on WordPress, up 2.2% from last year • 1026 unique WordCamp speakers • 1.4 […]
I hope you are having a very chill and relaxed weekend as we walk into the 4th of July week! Many of you are probably traveling this week and I hope you travel well and safely. Perhaps most importantly is that you can get offline and just enjoy family, life, and other such things that are vastly more important than *gasp* WordPress! Hahaha!
Matt spent some time with Jason Calacanis in a very long interview about startups, Automattic, WordPress, and more. If you’ve got some time it’s worth seeing. If not, you can always get the audio version as well here via iTunes: http://bit.ly/TwiStA Check it out:
WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg donates $1.5 million to help complete an $8 mil San Francisco Bay project lighting up the Golden Gate. This is in addition to an initial $100k pledge when the project started. Matt originally posted and asked for donations for the project back in May 2012: The $8 million project was $1.5 million short of its fundraising goals to maintain the display, but project officials announced today that blogging platform WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg donated the remaining amount.
It’s tough being indie, you know? It’s tough growing up in a world where companies get bought out here and there and where the large corporations keep getting bigger slices of the pie. It’s a snowball that really can’t be stopped. In some industries it’s just accepted as fact and no one really thinks about them in terms of a monopoly (which we know isn’t “fair” or “good” except if it’s the board game) – and yet we’re quite fine with an oligopoly which is where there is a state of limited competition and in which a market is shared by a […]