Interview with Automattic CEO Toni Schneider

| January 13, 2010 | Leave a Comment

WPVibe has an exclusive interview with Automattic’s CEO, Toni Schneider. We get a look at how this telecommute-friendly company gets things done (P2, IRC, and Skype), a bit of WordPress.com talk, and Toni’s personal life.

What is one thing you’ve learned while being at Automattic that has made you a better CEO?

A brand new thing that I had never done before was figuring out how to build a distributed company, where team members work from places all over the world. That’s been a great learning experience for me. I love how much personal freedom the distributed model gives people. One of our “Automatticians” told us just yesterday that he is going to Chile for 40 days. He has rented an apartment and will work from there. That’s the kind of thing you can do in a distributed organization. The challenge is to create a sense of teamwork and common purpose despite being spread so far apart.

And here are some amazing figures for Automattic’s other services:

  • 1 billion avatar requests on Gravatar every day
  • 220 million visitors on WordPress.com every month
  • 117 million people reached by PollDaddy every month

A lot of times we more closely associate the WordPress project with just-turned-26 Matt Mullenweg, and while is is the founder after all, it’s great to get to know other members of team Automattic.

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