Matt Mullenweg, Creator of WordPress and Founder & CEO of Automattic on tireless tinkering

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G’day Giants, This is episode #61! Our guest today is best known for developing the free and open-source web software that is insanely popular called: WordPress – which to date, officially powers 30% of websites on the internet. Including The New York Times, The Walt Disney Company, Sony Music, Bloomberg, BBC America, TechCrunch, Wired, People Mag, even Beyonce and Katy Perry’s websites run on the WordPress CMS platform.

Back in 2007, our guest was named #16 of the 50 most important people on the web by PC World, reportedly – the youngest on the list. In 2011, he was named one of the top 10 most influential people online for changing the face of the internet by Business Insider. In that same year, he was listed by Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social and Mobile – for the impact he has made on the blogging world through open source.


 

Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How he went from playing the jazz saxophone, to majoring in Political Science, to pursuing a job at CNET
  • How WordPress all started
  • His thoughts and approaches on validating a feature or functionality of a product
  • And his definition of good design.

 

If you’re someone who is interested in the journey of product design and creating a massively disruptive, global company, then this episode is for you.

 

I present to you … the down-to-earth, genuine and highly accomplished … Matt Mullenweg!

 


 

More on Matt can be found via the links below:

https://ma.tt

https://matt.blog/

Twitter: @PhotoMatt

LinkedIn Profile

Automattic Website

Matt’s Facebook Page

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