Web Publishing Software
San Francisco, CA
Overall Rank: 43
Category: Collaboration and Development
Category Rank: 7
Top 100 Software Companies of 2020
ProfileAutomattic is passionate about “making the web a better place,” a goal that isn’t as far-fetched as it seems. When developers Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little first unveiled WordPress fifteen years ago, they couldn’t have imagined the impact their blogging platform would have on the internet as a whole. Since founding Automattic in 2005, Mullenweg has led something of a revolution in open-source development and workforce enablement globally.
Now, the San Francisco-based company is a freedom-fighter of online self-publishing, beginning with its signature hosting site WordPress.com and expanding as it has added game-changing WP tools like VideoPress and WooCommerce to its lineup of free services. In 2019, Automattic acquired the once-coveted microblogging platform Tumblr from Verizon at a bargain price of less than $3 million, further cementing itself as a home for free online content creation.
Automattic has also made headlines for its innovative “distributed work” approach within its own, becoming an authority in work-from-home strategies. By giving its staff extensive options for work flexibility, Automattic is able to employ 1200 “Automatticians” in over 70 countries worldwide. Mullenweg even hosts a podcast called Distributed where he provides advice on how to operate the internet as the office of the world.
Key Products1. WordPress.com - Your blog or website has a (free!) home on the web.
2. Jetpack - Stats, backups, speed, power: The first plugin your site needs has it all built in.
3. Akismet - Akismet filters out hundreds of millions of spam comments from the Web every day.
4. CrowdSignal - Creating surveys and polls should be simple and fast.
5. Tumblr - We made it really, really simple for people to make a blog and put whatever they want on it.