Automattic

Automattic

A company developing publishing platforms, including WordPress.com website and VIP WordPress.com cloud version.It was founded in 2005 and is located in San Francisco, California.

Company

Automattic is a San Francisco-based publishing company with a focus on publishing platforms and software. Its platforms include WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Crowdsignal, Cloudup, Tumblr, and more. It has made more than 20 acquisitions since its inception and also invests in other telecommunications companies, such as Frontity. Automattic contributes to non-profit and open-source projects as well.

It has headquarters in California and has team members operating from around the world in places including South Africa, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and more.The company has many of its team members working remotely and uses technology such as Slack, Zoom, and its own P2 to collaborate.

The company's various products are digital solutions for industries such as e-commerce, content management systems, blogging platforms, spam filtering, and more. Both media publications and individuals can be hosted on Automattic's WordPress.

Timeline

January 1, 2008

Automattic raises a $29,500,000 series B round from Polaris Partners, True Ventures and The New York Times.

October 1, 2005

Automattic raises a $1,100,000 series A round from CNET Networks and Polaris Partners.

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People

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LinkedIn

Matt Mullenweg

Founder

Andrew Spittle

Employee

Andy Peatling

Employee

Andy Skelton

Employee

Aviva Pinchas

Employee

Beau Lebens

Employee

Chris Sacca

Investor

Courtney Patubo Kranzke

Employee

Dan Ariely

Advisor

Dan Woodroffe

Employee

Dana Keith

Employee

Dave Goldberg

Investor

David Barrett

Investor

Davide Casali

Employee

Egill R. Erlendsson

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Gaurav Pareek

Employee

Hiten Shah

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Hunter Walk

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Jeffrey Veen

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Jesse Friedman

Employee

Jon Callaghan

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Jorge Leandro Perez

Employee

Karim Osman

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Lee Fixel

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Lloyd Dewolf

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Further reading

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Automattic raises $300 million at $3 billion valuation from Salesforce Ventures

Romain Dillet

Web

September 19, 2019

Frontity Raises €1M with Automattic and K Fund

Web

April 22, 2020

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Exclusive: Matt Mullenweg and Automattic bought Tumblr. What's next? by The Vergecast

August 14, 2019

What can you do with WordPress.com? :60

April 24, 2019

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News

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Connie Loizos
May 26, 2020
TechCrunch
A growing number of tech companies is telling their employees they can work from anywhere, even after this pandemic has passed. A looming question, however, is how. Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees that Facebook will adjust the pay of those who choose to move out of the Bay Area and work in [...]
Natasha Lomas
May 21, 2020
TechCrunch
Automattic, the open source force behind WordPress .com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and Tumblr, has made a $4.6M strategic investment into New Vector -- the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix. They also develop a Slack rival (Riot) which runs on Matrix. The investment by Automattic, which is at a higher valuation than the [...]
Ron Miller
November 11, 2019
TechCrunch
In September, Salesforce Ventures, the venture of arm of Salesforce, announced a hefty $300 million investment in Automattic, the company behind WordPress, the ubiquitous content management system (CMS). At the same time, the company was putting the finishing touches on Salesforce CMS, an in-house project it released last week. The question is, why did it [...]
Danny Crichton
September 25, 2019
TechCrunch
Editor's Note Apologies for not getting this roundup newsletter out on Saturday -- I was on vacation this weekend. So this newsletter covers the back half of last week and the first half of this week, and some of the articles are summarized more aggressively to keep this email at least somewhat reasonable in length. [...]
Romain Dillet
September 19, 2019
TechCrunch
Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and soon Tumblr, is now worth $3 billion. But its founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg has a bigger goal. He wants to make the web better, more open and diverse. With the rise of social networks and closed platforms, Automattic's mission statement has never sounded so important. [...]
Brian Heater
August 22, 2019
TechCrunch
After months of rumors, Verizon finally sold off Tumblr for a reported $3 million -- a fraction of what Yahoo paid for the once mighty blogging service back in 2013. The media conglomerate (which also owns TechCrunch) was clearly never quite sure what to do with the property after gobbling it up as part of [...]
Romain Dillet
May 23, 2019
TechCrunch
Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and a bunch of other cool things, is acquiring a small startup called Prospress. Among other things, Prospress has developed WooCommerce Subscriptions, a recurring payment solution specifically designed for WooCommerce. Given that physical and digital subscriptions are taking over the e-commerce world, it makes sense that Automattic [...]

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