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Signal Austin Conversation: Matt Mullenweg

By - March 15, 2011

I posted earlier about my conversation with Matt, from that post:

When WordPress.com was split off into the for-profit company, many were concerned it would quickly become clogged with ads, but Mullenweg and his partners have been extremely careful in how they’ve introduced marketing into the community. Experiments include FoodPress, EcoPressed, and others in partnership with my company, Federated Media, as well as one-off sponsorships with Microsoft around IE9, and some clever use of Google’s AdWords and other ad networks. Clearly media is a business WordPress will get into more, especially with the traffic and uniques it attracts (see chart at bottom).

Instead of advertising, so far WordPress has focused on tools – including a “freemium” model for key plug ins such as backup, polling, and spam protection. But as the platform has grown, it has taken a considerable amount of investment capital, and those investors will at some point demand a significant return. Furthermore, WordPress has earned the dubious honor of being large enough to become a target for hackers with less than honorable intentions (not to mention ongoing battles with black hat spammers).


Below is the conversation I had with Matt at Signal Austin.



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  • http://webkul.com Eti Sharma

    Yes “freemium” tool in wordpress is very useful.

    WordPress Services

  • http://silencenogood.net/ Zechmann

    Nice Broken Bells drop! (“October” if anyone wants to know)

    Thanks for interviewing Matt, always good to see what he has to say.

    “Open source IS the future of everything”

  • http://dianebourque.com Diane

    Matt,
    You’re the best ambassador WordPress could ever have.
    I love WordPress and Matt!
    Diane