Product Hunt is a website that lets users share and discover new products, from apps, websites and technology products that everyone’s talking about. On September 22, 2015, Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, Automattic, JetPack, and Audrey Capital hosted a LIVE Chat on Product Hunt.
There’s a large list of participants (or community members) who ask Matt questions about almost everything; from what are his favorite apps on his phone, to questions about Plugins, themes, and new upcoming releases. One conversation between community member Nikhil VIMal and Matt that caught my interest is below in the screen shot provided:
Not all questions got answered, but Matt did a fantastic job answering as many as he could.
Product Hunt also features podcasts called, Maker Stories. Episode 44: features Matt Mullenweg on hiring, investing and picking his friends wisely. Erik Torenberg–Product Hunt interviews Matt and has this to say about him:
Real pleasure to chat with Matt, the most successful humble person I know.
The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.
The WordPress Foundation
In an effort to protect and maintain the free-access to WordPress open source code, The WordPress Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization was organized in 2010 by Matt Mullenweg.
The WordPress Foundation clearly states that:
“People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come.”
One of their first donations from Automattic was the gift of the WordPress trademark. This generous donation was made to entrust the Foundation with the protection and continuation of WordPress. Their intent was to safeguard the trademark by making it independent of any company. The WordPress Foundation has developed policies for fair use of their trademark. Continue reading WordPress Words: WordPress Foundation
According to WPTavern at WordCamp Europe, Matt Mullenweg asked that companies that benefit from WordPress invest 5 percent of their efforts into the continued development of the WordPress Core during his Q/A. He goes on to say that mobile is a huge part of the future of WordPress. The other main point was that Automattic has been contributing nearly 100 percent of the ongoing development in the mobile APP.
The Future of WordPress, According to Matt Mullenweg
In the WP Tavern article “Contributing Back to WordPress”, Matt Mullenweg reminds the WordPress community that WordPress can make it another ten years, as long as people are willing to continue giving back to WordPress. In the article “Contributing Back to WordPress”, it becomes clear that WordPress users need to recognize the different kind of ways to give back to WordPress (there are indirect and direct ways to do so). According to this article and Mullenweg, WordPress can continue to stay relevant and innovative into the future, as long as its users stick to a 5% rule, in regards to giving back to WordPress.
Matt Mullenweg talked briefly on how NewYorker.com has been relaunched, using the WordPress platform. The tools that writers use are no longer hindering progress, and with WordPress, productivity has increased. With this new launch, the volume of published stories has increased, from 10 to 12 stories a day, now up to 20.
The Hired Podcast recently hosted Matt Mullenweg as a guest. In the interview, Mullenweg described Automattic’s unique culture and discussed everything from Automattic’s creation to how its growth has impacted the company’s culture.
In her commentary on the podcast, Sarah Gooding expressed interest in the way that Mullenweg has managed the growth of WordPress. Mullenweg kept WordPress small in the beginning because he didn’t want to lose the efficiency and excitement of the company. As it has grown, Automattic has been able to maintain its culture. In the interview, Mullenweg says,
Nothing I’ve ever done has ever been alone. It’s always been with other people.
This quote highlights how WordPress has grown through the teamwork and excitement of its developers.
Check out the Hired Podcast interview to hear more about what has fueled WordPress’ success.
Matt Mullenweg shared an article by Paul Sieminski, the general counsel at Automattic (Automattlock), about abusing copyright laws
Matt Mullenweg will be returning to WordPress Weekly on Friday, December 6th. This will be his first appearance since July 16th, 2010. You can learn more at WPTavern.
WordPress has been growing in popularity ever since its creation in 2003, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. As of October 2013, WordPress is being used on 71.4 million sites around the world. During the 2013 San Francisco WordCamp, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg stated that “18.9% of the web is now running on WordPress.” That is a 2.2% improvement over 2012.
Google Trends supports the fact that WordPress is becoming more popular around the world. The following chart shows how often WordPress has been searched for in relation to the total amount of searches during the specified time period. This chart shows that the interest in WordPress has continued to grow over the years, and WordPress now has a significant advantage over the competition. Please click on the chart if you would like to see the larger interactive Google Trends chart.
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