About Matt Mullenweg
Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Jetpack. Additionally, Matt is a principal and founder of Audrey Capital, an investment and research company. Matt got his start in technology working at CNET Networks as a senior product manager. He went on to found Global Multimedia Protocols Group, an experimental metamemetics company, to develop open data formats. He has been recognized for his leadership and success by Forbes, BusinessWeek,INC., PC World, and Vanity Fair. Matt has also done investing in the following startups: DailyBurn, SendGrid, BranchOut, Hipmunk, Getaround, Summly, BlackJet, SmartThings, Crowdtilt, and many more. In his spare time, Matt is a jazz lover, and an avid photographer. Matt splits time between Houston, New York, and San Francisco.
Blog – http://ma.tt
Twitter – @photomatt
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It was first released on May 27, 2003, by founde rs Matt Mullenweg, and as of December 2011, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 65 million times. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress). WordPress is now powering 14.7% of the top million websites in the world, up from 8.5%. And 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the U.S. are running WordPress. These stats apply to both WordPress.com and WordPress.org sites.
WordPress & U.S Government
WordPress is being used at the state and local levels and in other governments around the world. In U.S., WordPress has begun to see much moreadoption inside the halls of government in recent years, as government has taken the same tack as most other industries and has realized the necessity to be online and have blogs. Much of this has to do with President Barack Obama, who has embraced social media and the Web as a means to communicate with, and engage, American citizens.
A list of agencies and branches of the military using WordPress was made available to the public. The number of U.S. government-owned Web sites that use WordPress has only grown since then. Agencies using WordPress include, U.S.Senate Democrats (http://democrats.senate.gov), U.S. Library of Congress Blogs (http://blogs.loc.gov/loc), U.S Army Lives (http://armylive.dodlive.mil), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (http://www.consumerfinance.gov), and the list keeps growing! (http://vip.wordpress.com/spotlight/government/)
*Image provided by: http://ma.tt/2013/07/wordcamp-san-francisco-2013/