CreativeMarket Acquired By The Makers Of AutoCAD

CreativeMarket LogoCreativeMarket, one of the first WordPress theme marketplaces to fully support the GPL license has been acquired by Autodesk, for an undisclosed amount. The marketplace sells everything from themes to templates to fonts. The site became one of the first marketplaces to be advertised on WordPress.org after they announced they would only sell WordPress themes that are 100% GPL. It’s worth noting that Matt Mullenweg is an investor of  CreativeMarket.

According to the announcement, the entire team will join Autodesk with the company’s co-founders moving to San Francisco to continue their goal of selling creative products.

What does this mean for the community? For customers, it means access to even more high quality content at affordable prices, as we’re able to grow more quickly. For shop owners, it means we’ll have a larger platform to get your products in front of an even larger audience of customers.

The acquisition is just one of a few that’s happened within the WordPress community as of late. The most recent acquisition was Crowd Favorite acquiring Pixel Jar. Does this mean we’ll start seeing modeling products and three-dimensional themes for sale on CreativeMarket or will the marketplace expand to include more categories of products? Only time will tell.

What do you think of the acquisition? Does it make sense to you? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Given that their market (for autocad) has diminished considerably because of the recession, I think they’re smart to become a more diverse company. But the platforms are so disparate in nature as to make one scratch one’s head in wonder at how prudent the investment is. It seems more companies fail in the world of web products than succeed – take Google for instance, with their long list of failed products. Does Autodesk, who arguably succeeded more because of early adoption than value, believe they can buy their way to success in this market? Or will they be granted some holy dispensation from Matt to ensure at least they’re not a dismal failure? We’ll see..

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  2. Hoping that Autocad will do more and expand the theme store to plugins and other scripts as well. Looking forward to the new creative market :)

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  3. I just wonder how does that move fit in the business model of Autodesk. The move would make sense it they would have decided to expand to new markets but the two areas are so distant… I guess that time will tell

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  4. My brother uses Autodesk software to create 3D models (everything from model buildings to key rings). These days he can just print these to a 3D printer. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a marketplace where you could buy 3D models to print out on your own 3D printer?

    Hmm…

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    1. There are thousands of free models for printing on Makerbot’s Thingiverse.

      I’ve always thought it would be great if a marketplace allowed designers to make a living off their designs though, so hopefully we’ll see CreativeMarket add that as a category. I’d wager that’s the reason for the acquisition – it makes a lot of sense.

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  5. AutoCAD is an old dog. It’s a tough game to get old in.

    Therefore, I’d be wary of seeing their move as erratic or a mere novelty. It probably has meaningful & informed thought behind it, going on company history.

    As for CreativeMarket … that Matt Mullenweg, and now AutoCAD saw something in them, is what I’d go on.

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