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  1. That could have been very, very scary. It’s hard to resist selling rights to your ideas when you’re struggling in the early stages. I’m glad Matt decided to stick it out to continue on his path that’s given us the WordPress software and community we know and love.

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  2. @Michael Torbert – Yeah, I find it interesting that WordPress.com or the WordPress project could be an entirely different beast by now had Matt really gone through with the acquisition. I’m pretty happy myself that he decided to stick with it as now, he is on a missing to let WordPress thrive well after he is not involved anymore.


  3. Well the day will come when Matt will be more of an executive (Bill Gates, etc) and not be involved in the daily goings on of WordPress. We’ve already seen his role start to change in some ways, as WordPress continues to grow. Hopefully, no matter what role he has, WordPress will always continue on the path that he’s envisioned.


  4. The IBM PC was open architecture and it spawned thousands of new companies and it directly or indirectly changed the lives of every single man woman and child on this planet. The original IBM hardware group at Boca Raton made the mistake of allowing the rights to the operating system go to a young guy named Bill Gates, so they scored on the hardware and fumbled on the operating system. But in any case the PC became the revolution that it was primarily because the open architecture of the design allowed other developers to freely build on it. The Apple was closed architecture. They got what they wanted, applications are still much more expensive to consumers, there are far fewer apps available, and a tiny fraction of the users. Mr. Mullenweg took the higher road at a critical stage and thousands of developers and consumers all around the world will benefit. In the end, it will be a win-win situation for the people on the WP team and the rest of us as well.

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