Category: Founding Team

Automatticians who gave birth to in its first month of its fragile existence.

Ian Stewart

Open Source software literally changed the path of my life. (That and the Web Standards Project.) When I first became interested in participating in design for the web, proprietary software was confusing and beyond my […]

Jeff Golenski

Open Source is an idea. An idea in which everything is freely available, can be used by anyone, and can be evolved with the help of anyone. It’s a collaborative effort with no central ownership. […]

Derek Powazek

“Open Source” is just a phrase that stands in for the feeling you get when you route around the gatekeepers, the tastemakers, and the authorities. That moment when the rest of us take over and build […]

Tammie Lister

Open Source at the heart is being open with everything you do. Design when done openly is pure design. Open Source allows design to be accessible to everyone, both as a product and as a […]

Mark Uraine

Open Source blows my mind every time I explain it, at which point the recipient’s mind becomes equally blown away. I still haven’t wrapped my head completely around it, but that’s OK because there’s a passionate […]

Ryan Cowles

I’ve felt like an outsider at various points throughout my life. Open Source is one of the things that I’ve found that connects people. It’s provided me a way of working with others to create […]

Mark Armstrong

I’ve learned so much about Open Source after seeing its principles applied at Automattic over the last two years. It just makes sense. The code you write, like the words you write, has exponentially more influence when it is made available to the largest number of people possible.

Takashi Irie

As we’ve seen, open source is undeniably a key factor in WordPress’s success. I think it’s essential to how we as Automatticians want to live in the world—sharing and collaborating to create better designs to make the world a better place.

Brie Anne Demkiw

I think many of us became designers to help improve the world somehow—to make things better for our users, the businesses we work with, our families, and ourselves. Open Source provides each of us with this opportunity and stands as an example of how designing more openly and more transparently, can give a voice to anyone in the world, while remaining completely voluntary— “freedom” in every sense.

Matt Miklic

The open source nature of WordPress plays a significant role in why it’s gotten the traction that it has. We’ve seen beautifully-designed proprietary competitors come and go, unable to reach the critical mass they need to sustain themselves. If usage is oxygen for ideas, open source is one of the most effective ways to breathe life into a young project.