Cast of Silicon Valley Nails The Meaning of Automattic on The First Try

Silicon Valley is a comedic television series on HBO about a group of six engineers who create a startup company in Silicon Valley. Wired.com sat down with the cast and gave them the names to real startup companies to see if they could guess what they do.

Among the names mentioned is Automattic. Fast forward to 1:14 to watch Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Dinesh on the show, correctly guess the meaning of the name on his first try, “Automattic with two T’s is a company ran by a dude named Matt,” he says. His response to being told he’s correct is pretty funny.

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Automattic, founded in 2005, is the driving force behind WordPress.com and a handful of other services like Akismet, Gravatar, VaultPress, IntenseDebate, Polldaddy, and more.

While many people are confused between WordPress the software project and WordPress.com, the reason for two T’s in Automattic was guessed correctly on the first try by someone who is not deeply involved in the community. There’s something mildly humorous about that.

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  1. Haha! Epic. Best LOL I’ve had in awhile.

    On an unrelated/serious note, I feel silly for never picking up on that myself :(

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  2. This was pretty funny. I never noticed the Matt in Automattic before, but it makes so much sense now.

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  3. I can’t wait for this show to come back with another season!

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  4. Makes me wonder how Matt would have named the company if his name was John or Tom or anything else but Matt. LOL

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