Salesforce Ventures has invested $300 million in Automattic, a company that was started by Matt Mullenweg, a close friend. Our firm, True Ventures, is the earliest backer of Automattic. I am delighted to see two of my favorite people, Bret Taylor (now at Salesforce) and Matt, will get to engage more often. Matt shared his thoughts about the investment, and what it means for Automattic and WordPress, the open-source software platform that now runs 34 percent of the web. Congrats team Automattic and Matt. (Also, TechCrunch interviewed Matt and is worth a read.)

John Maeda Joins Automattic

John Maeda is one of the most thoughtful people I have met in my long career. After spending years at MIT, he took over the helm of Rhode Island School of Design, and help generations understand the symbiotic relationship between design and technology, and how it impacts humans. He was one of the first supporters of my design conference, Roadmap and over the years we have become good friends. Today, he announced that is leaving the esteemed venture capital partnership, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. And he will be joining Automattic, a company that offers WordPress as a cloud services and other related offerings.

Automattic is the brainchild of Matt Mullenweg, who was one of the founders of WordPress, an open source software that has grown to become such a large community that it now powers about 25 percent of the websites. Matt, also is one of my closest friends. It is great to see John and Matt team up — they are both cerebral and human centric leaders. I am excited to see what develops in the near future. (Photo courtesy of GigaOm)

Some Thoughts on the New WordPress.com and Mac App

For the past few weeks I have been part of a group of beta testers of the new WordPress.com and a new WordPress for Mac desktop app developed by San Francisco–based Automattic (the WordPress-as-a-Service company). The company is part of True Ventures’ portfolio, and its founder, Matt Mullenweg, is one of my dearest friends, so I have an … Continue reading Some Thoughts on the New WordPress.com and Mac App

Woomattic

Automattic, which offers an array of publishing tools (including WordPress, Jetpack and Akismet) as a service has added commerce to its arsenal through an acquisition of Woo Commerce, which is built on and for open source WordPress based websites. The South African bootstrapped company is one of the big success stories of online commerce. More details are offered by my dear friend and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg in his blog post.