10 Things You Didn’t Know about WordPress CEO Matthew Mullenweg

Mullenweg has studied a wide range of subjects. For example, he studied jazz saxophone when he was a student at a high school that specialized in the arts. Then, Mullenweg went on to study Political Science at the University of Houston before dropping out to pursue a career at CNET Networks.

In 2003, Mullenweg and Mike Little decided to collaborate on making a successor to a blogging tool called b2/cafelog, which went on to become WordPress. It is interesting to note that the two soon managed to get help from Michel Valdrighi as well, which was important because he was the original developer for b2/cafelog.

WordPress CEO runs a billion-dollar company with no offices or email

Even if you aren't familiar with what WordPress is, or use it to publish content on the internet, there's a good chance you've visited a website that runs on it — and probably within just the past 24 hours. That's because WordPress — an open-source content-management system — powers an astonishing 25% of all websites today. I recently spoke with Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, the company that offers a range of products and services for WordPress users. Automattic is valued today at over $1 billion. Matt joined me for a wide-ranging conversation on my podcast, in which he shared his aspiration to capture the 75% of the internet that WordPress doesn't already manage.