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Matt Mullenweg, Founder of WordPress

Matt Mullenweg is the founder of Automattic and co-creator of WordPress, one of the largest open-source projects in the world, and a publishing platform that enables as much as 35 percent of the web. In this conversation, he discusses the beginnings of WordPress, the growing importance of open source in the age of cloud, the lessons he has learned as a founder and more optimistically, he is excited about the distributed workplace -- a core founding principle at Automattic.

Updated on January 22
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Key Smash Notes In This Episode

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Matt and an another developer who were contributing to the original open source project got together on an online forum and decided to work on it under the name WordPress.

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Matt used to read a lot of blogs, and seeing a lot of spam on those blogs, he would reach out to the owners and proposed to help them switch over to WordPress instead.

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Blogs is a space where the blog owners invite a community for a conversation, and the conversations that happens in the comments is the key to making blog's what they are.

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By default, WordPress comments require moderation the first time that someone leaves a new comment; after that, they go right through. This is a good balance that keeps the comments coming, but also ensures civility in conversation.

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At the time, Matt was programming mostly in Pearl, a little bit in Python, but when he came across how PHP worked, he really wanted to dive in more. It was a language that was easy to read and to understand. Matt started looking for a blogging software, written in PHP.

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Today it powers 30% of all websites in the world, and it is easy to think think that Matt, the founder, had it all figured out in the early day. In reality, WordPress was just a part time project, while he was going to school. Unbelievable, but true!

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