Automattic

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Not to be confused with Automatic (disambiguation).
Automattic Inc.
Type Private
Industry Internet
Founded August 2005
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Key people Matt Mullenweg (Founder, CEO, president)
Toni Schneider (ex-CEO)
Ryan Boren (Lead Developer)
Products WordPress.com
Akismet
Gravatar
Cloudup
Polldaddy
VaultPress
VideoPress
IntenseDebate
Plinky
WordPress.com VIP
After the Deadline
Simplenote
Employees 248
Website automattic.com

Automattic, Inc. is a web development corporation founded in August 2005. It is most notable for WordPress.com (a free blogging service), as well as its contributions to WordPress (open source blogging software). The company's name plays on its founder's first name, Matt.

The company has 248 employees.[1] Its culture was the topic of a participative journalism project by Scott Berkun, entitled The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work.[2]

Projects[edit]

Other projects include:

Automattic's employees include Matthew Mullenweg and Ryan Boren, two of the primary developers of WordPress.

On January 11, 2006, it was announced that Toni Schneider would be leaving Yahoo! to become CEO of Automattic. He was previously CEO of Oddpost before it was acquired by Yahoo!, where he had continued as a senior executive.[4][5]

In April 2006, it was discovered, through a Regulation D filing, that Automattic raised approximately 1.1 million dollars in funding,[6] which Mullenweg addressed in his blog. Investors were Polaris Ventures, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and CNET.

On September 23, 2008, Automattic announces acquiring IntenseDebate.[7] Two months later, on November 15, 2008, Automattic acquired PollDaddy.[8]

On September 9, 2010, Automattic gave the WordPress trademark and control over bbPress and BuddyPress to the WordPress Foundation.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Work With Us - Automattic
  2. ^ Scott Berkun (10 September 2013). The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work. Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-66063-8. 
  3. ^ Longreads Is Joining the Automattic Family
  4. ^ Yahoo Exec Exits For Automattic CEO Gig - GigaOM
  5. ^ Moving On From Yahoo -> Automattic « Toni’s Garage
  6. ^ Company Information: AUTOMATTIC INC
  7. ^ Automattic Acquires IntenseDebate
  8. ^ Automattic Acquires PollDaddy!
  9. ^ A New Home for the WordPress Trademark

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