Yesterday WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg announced the launch of Automattic, an umbrella company for all of the various WordPress projects, including: the WordPress open source blog tool, the hosted version of WordPress: wordpress.com, the comment spam plug-in Akismet and the forum script bbPress. WordPress developers Ryan Boren, Donncha O Caoimh and Andy Skelton will be working with Matt at Automattic. Matt had recently left his job at CNET to work on WordPress full-time.
Automattic Inc. is a bootstrapped startup from a handful of people passionate about making the web a better place. So far we’re best known for our work on WordPress and other projects but we have a lot of other interesting things in the pipeline as well. We are strong believers in Open Source and the vast majority of our work is available under licenses like the GPL. We are not seeking funding.