Automattic, Inc. is a web development corporation founded in August 2005. It is most notable for WordPress.com (a free blogging service), as well as its contributions to WordPress (open source blogging software).
Other projects include:
- After the Deadline online proofreading tool
- Akismet anti-comment spam system capable of integration with many blogging platforms and forums
- bbPress forum software
- blo.gs RSS feed aggregator
BuddyPress social networking plugin suite
- Ping-O-Matic pinging service
- GlotPress collaborative translation tool
- Gravatar globally recognized avatars
- IntenseDebate commenting tools
- PollDaddy polls and survey tools
- WordCamp series of conferences for WordPress users
- WordPress.com VIP enterprise services for WordPress websites
- VaultPress backup and security service for WordPress sites
- VideoPress hosted HD video for WordPress sites
Automattic's employees include Matthew Mullenweg and Ryan Boren, two of the primary developers of WordPress.
On January 11, 2006, it was announced that Toni Schneider would be leaving Yahoo! to become CEO of Automattic. He was previously CEO of Oddpost before it was acquired by Yahoo!, where he had continued as a senior executive.
In April 2006, it was discovered, through a Regulation D filing, that Automattic raised approximately 1.1 million dollars in funding, which Mullenweg addressed in his blog. Investors were Polaris Ventures, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and CNET.
On September 23, 2008, Automattic announces acquiring IntenseDebate. Two months later, on November 15, 2008, Automattic acquired PollDaddy.
On September 9, 2010, Automattic gave the WordPress trademark and control over bbPress and BuddyPress to the WordPress Foundation.
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