Matthew Charles “Matt” Mullenweg (born January 11, 1984) is an American online social media entrepreneur and web developer living in San Francisco. He is best known for developing the free and open-source web software WordPress, now managed by The WordPress Foundation. After dropping out of the University of Houston, he worked at CNET Networks from 2004 to 2006 until he quit and founded Automattic, the business behind WordPress.com (which provides free WordPress blogs and other services), Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress, IntenseDebate, Polldaddy, and more.
Awards and recognition
In March 2007, Mullenweg was named #16 of the 50 most important people on the web by PC World, reportedly the youngest on the list. In October, Mullenweg acquired the Gravatar service and was rumored to have turned down a US$200 million offer to buy his company Automattic. In 2008, Mullenweg received the Information Technology Innovator Award – presented by Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management to those who have applied Information Technology to create new business opportunities.
In July 2008 Mullenweg was featured on the cover of Linux Journal. Later that month a San Francisco Chronicle story put him on the cover of the business section and noted he still drove a Chevrolet Lumina and WordPress.com was ranked #31 on Alexa with 90 million monthly page views. In September, Mullenweg was being named to the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 by Inc. Magazine and one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web by BusinessWeek.
In December 2010, Mullenweg was awarded the Winner of the TechFellow Award in “Product Design and Marketing”. In January 2011, Business Insider listed Mullenweg as #3 of their 30 Founders under 30 list for creating WordPress, the power behind many new startups.
In March 2011, Mullenweg was named one of the top 10 most influential people online for changing the face of the internet by Business Insider. In October 2011, Mullenweg made Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment prestigious list of rising talents in tech, media, policy, and business. In December 2011, Mullenweg was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social/Mobile for the impact he has made on the blogging world through open source.
In May 2012, Mullenweg was listed in Forbes’s Most Influential Angel Investors on AngelList. In December 2012, Mullenweg was listed in 2012 Forbes’s 30 Under 30 in Media.
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