During the past year, we submitted to some people we really appreciate an interview shaped as a questionnaire. Chic & Geek could not dream of a nicer gift for its first birthday than proposing this little game to Matt Mullenweg and that he took the time to play it and answer the questions.
Matt Mullenweg is an american entrepreneur, born and raised in Texas and now living in San Francisco.
Matt has been featured as one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the web and Business Week’s 25 more Influential People on the Web.
I wrote about WordPress here and here and we will talk about it again soon, but today it was too good of an occasion to talk, not about the product, but about the person behind it and his way to achieve such a success while remaining someone pleasant and accessible.
Photography, jazz music, typography, BBQs, poetry and coding are his passions and the reasons he started, back in 2002 to contribute to the source code of b2, the platfomr he used to blog, to improve the management of typographic entities.
A few month later, b2 development’s stopped, as it sometime happens, and Matt decided to fork the code of b2 (which was Open Source) and start the development of WordPress.
Eight years have passed, Matt is not alone anymore behind WordPress, obviously, Automattic counts now more than 50 passionate employees, spread around the world (you should read here the list of their roles, who else’s got an « Happiness engineer » in his company?) and develops other products than WordPress.com (the hosted blogging platform) and WordPress.org (the standalone software), some of which may sound familiar to you like Aksmet, the antispam solution for WordPress or Gravatar, the unified avatar management platform.
There is a common point among all Automattic’s products, they are simple to utilize, each one of them fulfilling a precise function that fits the users’ needs instead of creating them, and are very well coded, faithfully to WordPress’ motto: CODE IS POETRY
True to its origins, Matt has open sourced WordPress under the GPL license, which guarantees it will remain so, and this contributes greatly to its success, fueling users confidence.
I should confess one thing though, Matt has something that makes me really jealous… his website address: http://ma.tt, simplicity, again and again, devilishly effective.
If you want to learn more about Matt Mullenweg, Automattic’s President, I let you watch the video of his « State of the Word » keynote at Wordcamp 2010 in San Francisco (please click on the link below to view it):
But if you want to know more about Matt Mullenweg, please allow me to introduce him through the questionary he accepted to fill, playing our game until the end.
Nothing could have made me happier for Chic & Geek, proudly powered by WordPress …
Chic & Geek Questionnaire
1. Marital Status
2. One book
Black Swan, by Nasim Taleb.
3. One movie
4. One website
5. One hero
6. One perfume
Elixir Des Merveilles Perfume by Hermes.
7. piece of jewelry
IWC Portuguese Mystere.
8. work of art
Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly backstage at the 28th Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1956 by Alan Grant.
9. One gadget
10. One side of the bed
11. One desire
12. One noise
Airplane engines revving up.
13. One secret
14. One bag
Bottega Veneta men’s duffel.
15. One pair of shoes
16. One store you like
Barney’s in SF.
17. One essential luxury
18. Last gift you made
A Sony laptop for my sister.
19. Last gift you received
A mix CD.
20. Last geek whim
Vibram 5-finger shoes.
21. Last chic whim
A nice hotel in Lisbon.
22. First love
23. First disappointment
24. Best friend
25. depilation method
Barbers in random countries.
26. Ridiculous love nickname
27. Favorite drug
28. One ambition
To write a book.
30. Your breakfast
Scrambled eggs and bacon, herbal tea.
31. Next trip
32. One gift you would like to be given today
A great jazz CD.
34. Favorite occupation
35. Main occupation
36. Top 3 in your wardrobe
Pink shirt, Icebreaker socks, J. Brand denim.
37. Top 3 in your toilet bag
Anthony Logistics moisturizer w/ 15spf, Bumble and Bumble grooming creme.
38. What you like about your friends
Sense of humor, trust, and loyalty.
39. One quotation, catch phrase or motto
“We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring will be to
arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time”
40. Last day without Internet
Cannot recall, perhaps in Bali.
42. Sun or rain
43. City or countryside
44. One fantasy?
Hanging out with musicians.
45. Family or friends
46. Blonde or brown
47. There’s a fire. You can save just one thing. Which one ?
Nothing material. Any people or pets, of course.
48. Mac or PC
49. Yellow gold, pink gold or platinum
50. iPhone or Blackberry
51. Something you are proud of
The breadth of people involved with WordPress.
52. Caviar or pizza
53. DVD or movie theater
54. Night or day
55. What would you like people to say about you when you leave the room ?
What a nice guy.
56. cherish or scrape
No idea what this means. we neither but the translator ran away 😉
57. Carrie Bradshaw or Bree Van de Kamp
58. Digital or analogic
59. Jogging or television
60. You felt totally ridiculous when…
I can’t pronounce words, usually French.
61. Drink or drive
62. Poker or legos
63. One question we should have asked you
Something about music.
64. Current state of your mind