Matt Mullenweg

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Matthew Charles Mullenweg

Name: Matthew Charles "Matt" Mullenweg

Born: January 11, 1984, in Houston, Texas, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American online social media entrepreneur and web developer.
  • Known for developing WordPress, the free and open source web software.
  • Founder of Automattic, the secret force behind, Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress, IntenseDebate, PollDaddy, and more.

Significant publications

  • WordPress For Dummies (2012).

Honors and awards

  • Listed in Forbes's 30 Under 30 in Media (2012).
  • Forbes '​s Most Influential Angel Investors on AngelList (2012).
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social/Mobile (2011).
  • Vanity Fair's rising talents in tech, media, policy, and business (2011).
  • Business Insider's top 10 most influential people online (2011).


"One thing about open source is that even the failures contribute to the next thing that comes up. Unlike a company that could spend a million dollars in two years and fail and there's nothing really to show for it, if you spend a million dollars on open source, you probably have something amazing that other people can build on."