Matt Mullenweg

Matthew Charles Mullenweg ( born January 11, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is an American Web developer, California lives in San Francisco. He is the founder and lead developer of the widely used web publishing system Wordpress and working on other open source projects. The end of 2005 Mullenweg founded Automattic, the company that the blog portal operates among others, developed the WordPress plugin Akismet and provides the purchased in August 2007 service Gravatar.

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In June 2002, Mullenweg began to use the blog software b2/Cafelog to offer information about the photos can he on a trip to Washington DC recorded after he had participated Challenge competition at the National Fed. He contributed some code for typographical entities and cleaner permalinks.

In January 2003, several months after the development had been set by b2, Mullenweg announced on his blog his plan known to start a fork of the software to make it compatible with the current Internet standards and their needs in line. Quick Mike Little reported to him, and together they launched WordPress with the b2 codebase. Shortly thereafter, the original b2 developer Michel Valdrighi joined them. Mullenweg at the time was only 19 years old and students at the University of Houston. In March 2003 he founded with Eric Meyer and Tantek Çelik the Global Multimedia Protocols Group ( GMPG ). The GMPG wrote the first microformat. With Dougal Campbell, the co-developer of WordPress, he started in April 2004, Ping -O -Matic, a central service to blog search engines such as Technorati to provide information on blog updates. Ping -O -Matic delivered in February 2007 from 1 million pings per day.

In May 2004, announced Movable Type, the main competitor of WordPress, a radical change in the pricing structure, the thousands of users led them to look for new solutions. This is generally regarded as the breakthrough for WordPress. In October 2004 Mullenweg was hired by CNET in order for it to work on WordPress and to help them with their blogs and the possibilities of new media. He broke off his college studies and moved in the following month from Houston to San Francisco. In December 2004, bbPress Mullenweg announced that he had written in just a few days into the holiday from scratch.

Mullenweg and the WordPress team announced in February 2005 out version 1.5 " Strayhorn " that was downloaded over 900,000 times. The version introduced the Theme system, moderation features and a new design for frontend and backend. The end of March and beginning of April 2005 was Andrew Baio more than 168,000 hidden articles on, who used a technique called cloaking. Mullenweg admitted to have accepted this questionable type of advertising and removed all the relevant article of the domain. After a somewhat quieter year he gave in October 2005 that he will be leaving CNET to concentrate full-time on WordPress and related activities. A few days later, on 25 October, the world was introduced to Akismet. Is a distributed development effort Akismet blog spam to stop by using the collective input of anyone who uses the service. As of November 2005, we Mullen path Project no longer use by invitation only but was accessible to everyone. In December 2005, he presented before Automattic, the company behind and Akismet. Automattic hired people who had contributed to the WordPress project, including lead developer Ryan Boren and WordPress MU Donncha O Caoimh developers. A Akismet licensing and a WordPress Bundling with Yahoo! Small Business web hosting were announced at the same time.

In January 2006, Mullenweg introduced the previous Oddpost CEO and top managers Yahoo! Toni Schneider as CEO of Automattic. Schneider was thus the fifth employee at Automattic. In a Regulation D -filing was unveiled in April 2006 that Automattic had received about 1.1 million U.S. dollars investment, which Mullenweg commented in his blog. The investors were Polaris Ventures, True Ventures, Radar Partners and CNET. The first WordCamp in July 2006 has been prepared in only three weeks in the style of BarCamp and drew more than 300 people in the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco. In 2007, a total of five WordCamps held, in 2008 there were 26

In March 2007, the editors of the magazine PC World Mullenweg chose number 16 a list of the "50 most important people on the Web". He was also the youngest of the individuals named on the list.

In October 2007 Mullenweg bought Gravatar and should have knocked out a 200 - million -US - dollar offer for Automattic.


Matt Mullenweg has ancestors who emigrated mid-19th century from Bielefeld to Texas.