Matt Mullenweg Quotes


It's good to work for someone else. Because then you appreciate it more when you are an entrepreneur.

If you think of the ideas of open source applied to information in an encyclopedia you get to Wikipedia - lots and lots of small contributions that bubble up to something that's meaningful.

Simperium seems like a genuine utility for our own apps and for other people as a service. And Simplenote as a product I love and it's just darn handy.

Simplicity can have a negative impact when it's the crude reduction of nuances beyond appreciation: a Matisse presented as a 16-color GIF.

Don't think about work in your bedroom or relaxation area.

Quantcast combines powerful web analytics with easy-to-read charts and data.

Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you've created until it's out there.

Thanks to our friends at the dot-ME Registry WordPress is able to offer one of the shortest and most effective URLs available today.

When there's no one you can point to or when something goes wrong it's your fault - that level of responsibility and accountability is pretty interesting.

There's no financial aspect to stats.

Jeffrey Zeldman had an astonishing ability to craft a seductive coolness using educated references dry humor and retro/organic imagery.

Twitter is the ultimate service for the mobile age - its simplification and constraint of the publishing medium to 140 characters is perfectly complementary to a mobile experience.

I don't care what hours you work. I don't care if you sleep late or if you pick a child up from school in the afternoon. It's all about your output.

Ubuntu is doing amazing things and I think it's going to change the face of the desktop.

Automattic's mission has always been very aligned with WordPress itself which is to democratise publishing.

It seems like the web particularly software as a service provides ample opportunities for you to flourish economically completely aligned with the broader open source community.

My job is such that I get to run new things every day and I get to run new markets and new technologies. I enjoy that quite a bit.

I hope that people have more to say than 140 characters will allow them in their life.

I don't care how someone lives or how good their spoken English is. I do all of my interviews on Skype text chat - all that matters is their work.

There are 100 million blogs in the world and it's part of my job as the co-founder of WordPress to help many more people start blogging.

When you look at things like Flickr and Youtube they are specialised blogging systems so why hasn't blogging encompassed that ease of functionality?

Much of the lifeblood of blogs is search engines - more than half the traffic for most blogs.

Environment plays a huge role in my ability to creatively focus and my mood - for better and worse.

Technology is best when it brings people together.

We focus on two things when hiring. First find the best people you can in the world. And second let them do their work. Just get out of their way.

The biggest mistake we made at WordPress.com in term of infrastructure was buying servers.

The biggest motivation is not the money but the impact.

I don't have big ideas. I sometimes have small ideas which seem to work out.

If you were building a real-time game like one of Zynga's games the WordPress model wouldn't work well for that.

Red notification bubbles on any icon including mail drive me crazy.

I drive a Prius and drink $10k bottles of wine. The wine isnt on Instagram. The Prius is.

If I were to wish for two things they would be as much bandwidth as possible and ridiculously fast browser engines.

Captcha is the bane of the Internet. I can't figure them out myself half the time!

I spend a lot of time on forums and they drive me crazy.

I'm pretty cheap to be honest.

Do what you love and don't focus on money - life's too short.

Sometimes you have to be frustrated and do something unscalable and a waste of your time to be inspired.

WordPress it's a complex tool; it's like the back of a digital SLR... but that doesn't work on a phone.

If you're going to quit your job to focus on an idea you get overly attached to that idea because you had it and it's the reason you quit your job. Plus most ideas are bad.

With Akismet there was an interesting dilemma. Is it for the good of the world Akismet being secret and being more effective against spammers versus it being open and less effective?

I am an optimist and I believe that people are inherently good and that if you give everyone a voice and freedom of expression the truth and the good will outweigh the bad.

People might start with LiveJournal or Blogger but if they get serious they'll graduate to WordPress. We try to cater to the more powerful users.

I was raised Catholic and I can get incredibly guilty about mistakes.

The power of the web is not in centralization; it's not in closed systems or anything like that. It's in its open nature and that's what allowed it to flourish for the first 10 or 15 years.

Occasionally if I'm in a rut I find changing location helps.

For WordPress to be world class it needs to have a sustainable model.

The mobile world is very closed and proprietary just by definition.

Technology is closing the gap between what one can imagine and what one can do and as a result the equality of opportunity is unmatched in human history.

While I personally believe strongly in the philosophy and ideology of the Free Software movement you can't win people over just on philosophy; you have to have a better product too.

A common quality I see of people who are successful is that they are voracious readers.

Why are so many companies stuck in this factory model of working?

I really enjoy computer networking.

Everybody jokes about that old story about the world only needing five computers but when you think about it that's where we're heading.

Immunity to obsolescence is the only obsolescent-immune conceit of the past millennium.

Akismet started on a $70 dollar-a-month server. Anyone can scrape together $70.

You don't need to know someone personally to be able to discern whether their work is high quality or not. The idea of a meritocracy is that it's what they do not who they are.

Some folks have suggested that using WordPress Prologue and RSS you could create a pretty effective distributed version of Twitter.

Usage is like oxygen for ideas. That means every moment you're working on something without it being in the public it's actually dying deprived of the oxygen of the real world.

From the first time I held an iPhone the space has evolved quickly and people have shifted from reading content on their desktops to smartphones and iPads even long-form stuff.

Get the 1.0 out as soon as possible...even if it sucks.

If you want to be good at something you really have to work at it every single day. You have to work hard at the things that are hard. Otherwise you are just treading water.

130 of Automattic's 150 employees work outside of our San Francisco headquarters. Why are so many companies stuck in this factory model of working?

If you're not embarrassed when you ship your first version you waited too long.

Longreads embodies a lot of what we really value with Automattic and WordPress.

As an entrepreneur making decisions for your company always go back to your first principles of what's important to you and why you started in the first place.

For me open source is a moral thing.

The more money Automattic makes the more we invest into Free and Open Source software that belongs to everybody and services to make that software sing.

You can't build everything and there is no more a killer feature. Everyone has a different killer feature.

One of the things I've been working on for the past few months is a radical simplification of the interface

I think it's good to have different locations for different modes you want to be in throughout the day and to keep them separate.

Money and salary is not a particularly good motivator in the long term.

When I first got into technology I didn't really understand what open source was. Once I started writing software I realized how important this would be.

Ultimately Captchas are useless for spam because they're designed to tell you if someone is 'human' or not but not whether something is spam or not.

There's something very real about helping someone one-on-one.

Whenever there's a new form of media we always think it's going to replace the old thing and it never does. We still have radio however long after TV was introduced.

If you make the Internet live on the internet.

Usage is like oxygen for ideas.

I used to always prefer to text and in fact got indignant when people called. This was totally irrational.

As the web becomes more and more of a part of our every day lives it would be a horrible tragedy if it was locked up inside of companies and proprietary software.

The beauty of open-source is that you can pick up right where someone left off and start right there.

Particularly if you're a good engineer there's a lot of ways you can make money but to actually have an impact on the world is rare and when you find an opportunity for that it's very special.

My own personal dream is that the majority of the web runs on open source software.

It's good to be in a role when you can learn something new.

You can learn practically anything you want in the world online.

I don't have a Wikiquotes page.

I think it's really important for the independent web to have a platform and to the extent that WordPress can serve that role I think it's a great privilege and responsibility.

I am the unhappiest WordPress user in the world I think it sucks.

Simplicity not simplistic.

If I'm on the titanic I want to be steering.

Just because someone uses Twitter doesn't mean they shouldn't use WordPress and vice versa.

The promise of the early web was that everyone could have a website but there was something missing. Maybe the technology wasn't ready.