Home Self Improvement Matt Mullenweg — The Artwork of Crafting a Sabbatical, Ideas for Defending Towards Hackers, Leveraging Open Supply, Thriving in an AI World, and Ideas for Life’s Darkest Hours (#713)

Matt Mullenweg — The Artwork of Crafting a Sabbatical, Ideas for Defending Towards Hackers, Leveraging Open Supply, Thriving in an AI World, and Ideas for Life’s Darkest Hours (#713)

Matt Mullenweg — The Artwork of Crafting a Sabbatical, Ideas for Defending Towards Hackers, Leveraging Open Supply, Thriving in an AI World, and Ideas for Life’s Darkest Hours (#713)


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“Corporations don’t die from competitors. They normally die from suicide.”

— Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) is co-founder of the open-source publishing platform WordPress, which now powers over 40 % of all websites on the net. He’s the founder and CEO of Automattic, the corporate behind WordPress.comWooCommerceTumblrWPVIPDay OneTexts, and Pocket Casts. Moreover, Matt runs Audrey Capital, an funding and analysis firm. He has been acknowledged for his management by ForbesBloomberg BusinessweekInc.TechCrunchFortuneQuick FirmWired, College Philosophical Society, and Self-importance Truthful.

Matt is initially from Houston, Texas, the place he attended the Excessive Faculty for the Performing and Visible Arts and studied jazz saxophone. In his spare time, Matt is an avid photographer. He at the moment splits his time between Houston and San Francisco.

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#713: Matt Mullenweg — The Artwork of Crafting a Sabbatical, Ideas for Defending Towards Hackers, Leveraging Open Supply, Thriving in an AI World, and Ideas for Life’s Darkest Hours

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#578: Tim Ferriss and Matt Mullenweg in Antarctica: Exploring Private Fears, Bucket Lists, Going through Grief, Crafting Life Missions, and Tim’s Finest Penguin Impressions

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  • [05:12] The Argentine Dr. Mullenweg.
  • [08:15] Open supply.
  • [10:19] Secret hiring.
  • [12:59] Matt is all the time on tour.
  • [15:14] Texts.
  • [17:39] How Matt chooses his subsequent challenge(s).
  • [21:51] Constructing a digital Berkshire Hathaway.
  • [29:01] Why Matt’s enthusiastic about messaging.
  • [32:03] How Matt discovers firms he buys.
  • [32:53] RIP, Charlie Munger.
  • [33:28] Worthy rereads.
  • [37:10] My reflections on running a blog, writing, and podcasting.
  • [48:55] Tyler Cowen’s inimitable type.
  • [49:42] Matt’s highschool economics competitors.
  • [57:05] Cables.
  • [57:59] AI spellcasting and group.
  • [1:01:09] Developments that can amaze the long run.
  • [1:04:51] AI-proofing jobs.
  • [1:07:23] Why Matt’s optimistic about future generations.
  • [1:12:17] Knowledge Liberation Entrance.
  • [1:14:12] Extra open app shops.
  • [1:18:53] Invisible instruments (and weapons) of competitors.
  • [1:23:40] On-line safety recommendation for the layman.
  • [1:26:21] WordCamp Asia.
  • [1:32:12] Taking a sa-Matt-ical.
  • [1:45:25] Rethinking nuclear power.
  • [1:47:20] Rethinking psychedelics dangers.
  • [1:57:59] Rethinking breathwork.
  • [2:02:05] Dealing with despair.
  • [2:15:16] Rethinking TikTok.
  • [2:16:40] Running a blog: absurd and exquisite.
  • [2:18:40] Rethinking Vienna sausages.
  • [2:19:57] Pocket ranch.
  • [2:21:36] Answering historic emails.
  • [2:22:45] The curse of the ultra-critical eye.
  • [2:25:51] Rethinking meditation.
  • [2:28:38] Bacterial dentistry.
  • [2:32:06] Pocket get together.
  • [2:32:55] Parting ideas.


“Don’t construct on proprietary platforms. They will pull the rug and can pull the rug at any level. In open supply, one, the rug can’t be pulled. Two, sometimes they’re extremely pluggable. You possibly can actually change each line of WordPress.”
— Matt Mullenweg

“How can we assist bend the lengthy arc in the direction of extra freedom, extra liberty internationally? Know-how does that higher than, I feel, any kind of diplomacy or anything that I might work on.”
— Matt Mullenweg

“Corporations don’t die from competitors. They normally die from suicide.”
— Matt Mullenweg

“When you have the individuals in your facet, I really feel like that’s what actually issues in the long run.”
— Matt Mullenweg


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