Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, has literally transformed the way we see & use software, from proprietary to free and open-source. By developing and improving WordPress, he has taken the open source movement to the next level.
It seems this entire open source movement started back in 1984 at MIT when Linux was born. Mullenweg didn’t create WordPress from scratch. Together with his partner Ryan Boren, he decided to take b2/cafelog (an open source software used for blogging) and pimp it up thus giving birth to today’s biggest open source software.
Today WordPress is part of Mullenweg’s empire called Automattic. Automattic is an international telecommuting company where talents from around the globe work together to deliver outstanding open source software.
The Automattic empire includes:
- Akismet (spam filtration system)
- IntenseDebate and
Let’s have a look behind the scenes at Automattic and listen to one of the most powerful influencers in social media.
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A few more stats about WordPress…
Before I share a comprehensive infographic about WordPress and the corporate culture at Automattic check out these numbers — they are mind-blowing in terms of usage. See for yourself.
- 66+ million WordPress-based websites worldwide
- 18.9% of websites run on WordPress
- 3.5 million WordPress-based monthly page views
- 74.3 million blogs on WordPress.com
The following infographic is courtesy of Top Management Degrees.
Overall, Matt Mullenweg is an inspiring visionary and one of the biggest proponents of open source. Mullenweg made it possible for start-ups, home-based businesses and entrepreneurs to compete with Fortune 500 companies in the online world without having the need to spend a fortune on software. It’s up to us now to provide valuable content and high-quality services to our customers by using the software to the max. Your time to monetize your best online business ideas has come.
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