I have known Matt Mullenweg, CEO, and founder of Automattic, and co-creator of open source project, WordPress for almost a decade and a half. Given our close friendship and a personal bond, I have eschewed asking him about work and never interviewed him, barring a handful of WordCamp on-stage conversations. So, it was fun to go back in time and get Matt talking about his journey so far.
In this conversation, Matt discusses the beginning of WordPress, the growing importance of open source in the age of cloud, lessons he’s learned as a founder, and – more optimistically – why he’s excited about the distributed workplace, a core founding principle at Automattic.
Also, a word on this new podcast series — Foundation Podcast was originally started by Digg founder Kevin Rose. It has been around for a long time. In that time, Kevin has become a partner at True, and we have rebooted the series at True Foundation Series, where Kevin and I have started doing these founder interviews. While some of the podcasts will feature True founders, we intend to reach out and converse with others whose journeys are inspiring for those who want to follow the entrepreneurial path.
If you are interested in subscribing to the podcast, here is an easy link that gives you options to get the podcast in any of your preferred services — from Apple to Spotify.