Wordpress Creator SoftwareWorldpress Creator Software
Founder of WordPress: 'Enterprise software sucks'.
Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress, believed in open software, but if you ask him who really inspire him, he will tell Apple not Red Hat. Of course, Apple is "probably not the kosherest," open source-like, but at least they're not an enterprise software business. The Mullenweg is not a big supporter of business software.
"For me, the business model is not so interesting," he said Thursday at the GigaOM RoadMap meeting in San Francisco. That'?s how Mullenweg sees it. "Business software always was shit, but now there' s more complaints about it," he said. "You are like - we see this with WordPress-'How come the [content managment system] on which my firm paid $4 million is worse than what I use for my blogs, that I spend $12 a year?'"
The WordPress team has succeeded in developing a project that works well for the big boys and at the same time focuses on the little boys. If this makes corporate clients dissatisfied with costly CMSs, it fits in well with the 27-year-old Mullenweg. WorldPress has just reached 60 million blog posts - about half of which are housed by Mullenweg's Automattic group.
WordPressaker has 100 staff, which is not too bad considering it doesn't even have a single point of contact. Mullenweg is not your usual firm's creator, and Automattic - which actually had an agency until recently sold by San Francisco's very hip but somewhat insecure Pier 38 - is not your usual firm.
Mullenweg says that when it comes to recruitment, Automattic can keep up with the big players by letting employees work anywhere they want.