San Francisco, CA, Nov 2005, Matt Mullenweg
WordPress.com provides free weblog hosting (from company Automattic). It opened to November 21, 2005.
It runs WordPress MU, a version of the original software that allows people to create and manage their own weblogs without requiring the time, money and technical knowledge involved in setting up WordPress on an ordinary hosting account. It is financially supported via the use of Google Adsense banners and paid upgrades.
WordPress is a self-hosted blog publishing system written in PHP. All data is stored in a MySQL database. The name WordPress was suggested by Christine Selleck, a friend of lead developer Matt Mullenweg.
The latest release of WordPress is version 2.6, released on 15 July 2008. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2.
Information taken from crunchbase.com
Matt is the cofounding developer behind the open source WordPress blogging platform and its founding company AutomatticA Houston native, Matt also serves as an adviser to Sphere and WeGame.
San Francisco, CA, started 07-05 – automattic.com
The below information is taken from crunchbase.com
Automattic is a web development and blogware company which can attribute much of its success to its popular blog platform WordPress.com, an adaptation of the open source WordPress project. The company was founded by 20-something Matt Mullenweg who continues to be the primary developer and spokesman for the company. Former OddPost CEO and Yahoo Senior Executive Toni Schneider is CEO.
In addition to having 4 self-produced products (WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Akismet.com and bbPress) Automattic will now integrate Gravatar identity badges and all of Gravatar’s premium features into WordPress templates. Gravatar is Automattic’s first acquisition.
There are more than a million blogs hosted by Automattic, with thousands of new ones created each day.