Matt Mullenweg is probably someone you may never have heard of. If you use WordPress you’ve seen his name every time you go in and delete the Hello Dolly plugin. In 2003 there were various blogging platforms out there but none of them quite met the user friendly standards that Matt was looking for. What resulted was a blogging platform that would eventually evolve into a content management system that currently powers over 22% of all websites on the Internet.
He gave it away free. He’s worth about $40,000,000.
What I took away from this was that you can’t give up on your dreams and it does take work and dedication to get to where you want to go.
I like how he mentions MySpace. When they got bought out by News Corporation $580 million in 2005, they really wasted a good opportunity. Interesting Fact. MySpace was created in 2003 as well because some people that worked together thought they could replicate Friendster and make it better. They built MySpace with ColdFusion (Ugh! Why?) in 10 days.