This morning, the news hit both from our founder Matt Mullenweg on his blog and also from Romain Dillet at TechCrunch that Salesforce has invested $300 million into Automattic. I’m so excited to welcome the Salesforce team to our family of amazing investors.
On Wednesday night I attended the Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards, an annual tradition that supports the great work Larkin Street Youth Services does to help homeless and at-risk youth in San Francisco.
I ended up winning the award for Emerging Company CFO of the Year. Past honorees at this event include people I’ve admired and looked up to in Silicon Valley like the CFOs of Apple, Google, Intel, Cisco, eBay, and Pixar. What a cool honor.
Awards like this go to an organization and team more than an individual. Automattic is an extraordinary place, and the teams I lead include some of the most talented, committed, and passionate people on earth. I am so lucky I can work with them, every day, to help build our company and support the WordPress community.
Related, the San Francisco Business Times today has a profile notable for its photo of me next to the most CFO-y thing in my house: my kids’ toy abacus. 🙂
P.S. we’re hiring.
News is out both on our founder Matt Mullenweg’s blog and on Re/code about Automattic’s $160 million fundraising. I’m really excited about what this new capital means for Automattic’s ability to support WordPress. Welcome to new investors including Deven Parekh at Insight, Chris Sacca, and the Endurance team. And thanks to Tiger Global and True Ventures for their continued support.
Great news from a few weeks ago on Longreads joining Automattic.
Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads, the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices.
Over the last five years, Longreads and its community have created a new ecosystem for readers to find great in-depth stories, and for writers and publishers to distribute their best work over 1,500 words. Longreads will continue to do what it does best — recommending stories from across the Internet — and we are excited to have them join the WordPress.com team and continue in their commitment to serving readers.
Mobile reading and the appetite for longform content
As consumption has moved to mobile devices, there has been a growing hunger for longform content: phones and tablets are perfect for enjoying in-depth articles, and there are more moments than ever for readers to dig into a story —…
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Defending our users and our shared principles has always been a big part of WordPress.com. I’m really proud of our General Counsel Paul and his team’s efforts, including in these two cases.
The mission of WordPress.com is to democratize publishing. We’re inspired every day by the ways creators use our platform to bring their voices to the world. Unfortunately, we also see many cases of censorship aimed at WordPress.com authors and users.
One area where we’ve seen a number of problems is the censoring of criticism through abuse of copyright law. Two recentcases of abuse really caught our attention and made us think that we needed to take action to fight back on behalf of our users and everyone who believes in the internet’s promise for free expression.
Censorship by DMCA
A common form of censorship by copyright stems from improper use of legal creations called DMCA takedown notices. The DMCA stands for the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” which is a US federal law that created a system for protecting copyrights online. The DMCA system works pretty well, but has a…
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Looks like WordPress.com just moved up one spot to #7 in Quantcast’s rankings of U.S. websites. Congrats to all our amazing publishers and bloggers, plus the Automattic team!
So excited to be able to share the news today that we’ve acquired Cloudup, an amazing startup that makes it super easy to share “streams” of images, videos, audio, links and more — instantly!
Like Automattic, Cloudup is also distributed (1/3 of the employees are outside the US), uses IRC a ton, and are involved in some massive open source projects including
socket.io, mongoosejs, and expressjs.
A fun new book came out today by the talented Scott Berkun, a former Automattic employee. It’s called The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work (an inside joke about the sartorial options available to people who mostly work from their homes). It tells the story of Automattic’s model for distributed work, our balance of creativity and technology, and what it’s like to work on WordPress.com (which has passed Yahoo in Quantcast’s ranking of U.S. websites). If you want to know more about what it’s like to work at Automattic, check it out!
The WSJ reported this morning that Tiger Global has upped its investment in Automattic. Our founder Matt provided some more color on his blog. I’m really excited to continue working with the team at Tiger Global. I want to add a big thanks to Dave Barrett and the entire team at Polaris Partners, who have been great supporters of and advisors to Automattic over the years.