Or as Matt Mullenweg shares specifically at the World Economic Forum, the online world is the 5th estate: I am an optimist, and I believe that people are inherently good and that if you give everyone a voice and freedom of expression, the truth and the good will outweigh the bad. So, on the whole, I think the power that online distribution confers is a positive thing for society. Online we can act as a fifth estate. It’s fascinating to think this way especially with all the power and opportunity we all have to create value and influence others but […]
There has been little secret about the issues between WordPress.org proper and Envato and the various and different interpretations to GPL, licensing, and distribution/ownership rights. But the battle is beginning to get heated (and personal) as the WordPress Foundation is now requesting that anyone who sells their products on Envato properties (WordPress Themes and Plugins) not speak at, volunteer for, organize or sponsor WordCamps (Thanks Drew for the clarification!). And when I say it’s getting heated – it’s really getting heated – there hasn’t been this type of online riot since, well, Chris Pearson (remember that big issue?). It’s worth noting that it […]
Matt Mullenweg turns 29 today (born January 11, 1984) and we at WP Daily salute you good sir! Thank you for all you’ve done – we can’t thank you enough. To think that it all started here in a post titled The Blogging Software Dilemma:
Matt Mullenweg seems to see a version of WordPress that’s always 2-3 years away, and rightly so. And, as he—or someone else of note in the WordPress community—introduces ideas, the blogging community of developers usually engages in long-form argumentation (blog ‘posts’) about the merits of these ideas. Many times, this argumentation is in-depth and informative; sometimes we get off track and shortchange the idea. This past year brought us plenty of discussion on WordPress as an application framework, and the conversation is continuing on into the new year (thanks in no small part to Matt’s interview at LeWeb 2012). Smart, established developers are talking about the utility of this […]
2012 was a big year for Automattic, as shared by Matt Mullenweg. Not only did they add more staff but they’ve done so much both on the WordPress.com side as well as the WordPress.org. We’ve covered a few of these highlights previously. In 2012, here are some of the highlights that he made note of: Automattic grew by 48 to their current team. Over 40,000 commits to the various repositories with about half of them on WordPress.com. Saw an incredible growth in terms of unique visits (75MM). 2 acquisitions (one announced and one yet to be). Looking to add at […]
Steven Sinofsky, very famous for retiring in November of last year after years of incredible work at Microsoft, specifically with the Windows Division, has launched a new blog using WordPress focused on product development and the art of shipping, which is one of the things that Matt Mullenweg is incredibly passionate about. Sinofsky shares a few thoughts about the future of the blog and it’s content: The title comes from something impressed upon me early in my career, which is that learning as an engineer comes from the process of starting, then finishing, and iterating on products–getting products to market […]
WordPress has been using “Code is Poetry” as their tagline since as long as I can remember using it (if anyone knows where it came from, I’d love to know). The slogan has always been very effective at communicating the approach that WordPress takes, a blend of elegant simplicity and infinite expansion. All that lies behind your WordPress install is bits of code strung togehter like a symphony. Still, the phrase prompts a deeper look. I am still no expert, but I have learned the basic principles of code and the process has really opened up for me. I have […]
Matt Mullenweg is named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30, an illustrious list dedicated to some of the more compelling and influential young-guns who are shaking things up in their respective industries. Without question, Matt totally deserves the honor and sits among some very well-known names. Congrats and well done! We’re so glad you were inspired those 9 or so years ago to fork a piece of software and build something game-changing.
I’m loving this recent news via Matt Mullenweg as he talks with Om Malik of GigaOM via LeWeb Paris 2012. Matt names two things in particular that have been created this opportunity: It’s about responsibility. It’s about creating a sustainable business (Automattic). It is the second way that enables it to stay “large and independent” which I hope that Matt and his team can continue to do.