🎙 How WordPress and Tumblr are keeping the internet weird, with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg

Posted on Mar 26, 2022

The best podcast episode I listened to today is this interview of Matt Mullenweg on Decoder with Nilay Patel:

Matt Mullenweg is the CEO of Automattic, the company that owns WordPress.com, which he co-founded, and Tumblr, the irrepressible social network it acquired from the wreckage of AOL, Yahoo, and Verizon. Matt’s point of view is that the world is better off when the web is open and fun, and Automattic builds and acquires products that help that goal along.

Mullenweg has a unique point of view for a tech founder and CEO. Patel is a smart and incisive interviewer who really seems to understand both tech and business.

I learned two interesting things:

  1. Mullenweg thinks that WordPress could power 85% of the web within the next ten years.
  2. Taylor Swift has a Tumblr.