Funegosyo Show #5 – How One of the Most Influential People on the Internet Builds His Team, With Matt Mullenweg of Automattic

Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic


In this episode, we have the show’s first billionaire guest. We’re talking about several million US dollars in net worth, equivalent to a few billion Philippine pesos. So yeah, he qualifies as a billionaire in the Philippines.

Matt Mullenweg is best known as the co-creator of WordPress, which is the godfather of blogging platforms. WordPress powers over 22% of the entire Internet!

Matt is the founder and CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.

Just to put things in perspective, Automattic is now valued at over 1 Billion Dollars!

One Billion Dollars - Dr. Evil

His personal blog is

In this short episode, we’ll learn:

  • Why the founder of a company doesn’t have to be the CEO right away
  • His vision for his company, encapsulated in this quote:
    We don’t make more blogs to make more money, we _____”
  • How he sets his mindset to push himself and his company forward, despite being number 1.
  • What he looks for in team members, and how involved he is in the process even as the CEO
  • Common mistake of entrepreneurs when hiring employees.
  • Plus a bunch of other tidbits.

And we have a new segment on the show, the …
Word of the Episode“:
ephemeral (adjective) – lasting for a very short time; short-lived

Keep your ears ready for that word, Matt used it in a sentence.