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#18 Matt Mullenweg

Automattic and WordPress

Age: 24
Location: San Francisco, CA
2007 Revenue: Undisclosed
Employees: 27
Year founded: 2005 (Automattic) and 2003 (WordPress)
Website: www.wordpress.com and www.automattic.com

Residents of the blogosphere definitely recognize the name WordPress. Envisioned from the goal of making online publishing more accessible and user-friendly, the free blogging platform boasts nearly 4 million blogs worldwide. In 2005, Mullenweg launched Automattic to not only maintain WordPress, but to develop additional programs, like its Akismet spam-protection service.

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