Interview #21, with WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg!
Note from Jess: I’ve used WordPress.Org in the past — I’ve never forgotten the tagline at the bottom of the page: “Code is Poetry.” So I decided to send a quick Q&A to 26-year-old Mr. Mullenweg, on the subjects of coding, reading, and life/WordPress!
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Hi Matt! Describe yourself in 5 words:
Co-founder of WordPress and Automattic.
Give an example of code which you consider as poetry (and explain how/why, for the less technowizically-inclined):
The best type of code poetry comes from reduction, where you’re able to take something that used to be long or complex and reduce it to a few lines of intuitive code. (Or sometimes, none at all.)
How have your experiences influenced your vision for WordPress?:
There is no five-year plan for WordPress, but what we work on next is usually very apparent in the feedback I get from users all over the world at WordCamps and other places where I meet WordPress users, like airplanes.
How does coding inspire you?:
For me coding is incredibly satisfying because it’s very concrete. You can start in the morning, finish at night and look back at the day and point to something you made with your two hands. That’s not possible to the same extent with strategic or managerial work.
Were you already thinking about/working on WordPress (beta versions, etc) during high school?
Nope, it was after I had started college.
Would you/do you write poetry and/or fiction, under a pseudonym?:
In my life, I’ve found that truth is stranger than fiction.
What aspect of traveling around the world do you enjoy the most?:
My favorite thing about travel is seeing how cultures and cities adapt to their surroundings, and take on the characteristics of what surrounds them.
Please share your #1 tip for fellow netizens:
Encrypt your wifi traffic. :)
Much thanks to the gracious and very cool Matt Mullenweg (aka Mr. WORDPRESS himself) for sharing his thoughts! Check out the other great interviews @ Matt’s Blog (Press Coverage).