While many of us were trying not to get caught reading our favourite book by torchlight under our duvet, Joy Foster, our tech-savvy founder, was busy taking computers apart and putting them back together. Yep, it’s safe to say that Joy’s love of tech goes way back, and anyone who’s spent more than a second in her company will know her passion is infectious. But, there’s one bit of software that Joy will be the first to admit helped propel her to be the entrepreneur she is today: WordPress.
Now, Joy gets a bit giddy when she talks about the co-founder behind her favourite bit of software and, frankly, who can blame her? Matt Mullenweg’s creation now powers 39% of the world’s websites and he’s the CEO of a company worth $3 billion! That’s enough to make anyone dizzy!!! 😵💫 But Matt isn’t just a big thinker – he’s a forward thinker, too. So much so that WordPress’ latest release, Simone, was led by an all-female squad. Yes, Matt!!! 👏🏻👏🏼👏🏽👏🏾👏🏿 So, we’re mighty chuffed that he’s here on the Sparkle and Thrive podcast to discuss all this and more.
Here’s why you need to tune in
If you want to find out how Matt’s journey started and learn just how Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is embracing asynchronous work (that’s letting people work how they want, when they want), this episode is for you. It’s a beacon of hope for any woman who assumes that motherhood and a tech career simply don’t mix.
Here’s what to listen out for:
[01:41] Matt talks about Simone, the latest release from WordPress.
[04:16] Matt explains why open-source software is so important.
[10:12] Interested in a career in tech? Hear Matt’s great advice on how you can get started.
[14:06] Learn how Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is embracing asynchronous work.
[19:01] Joy describes the stress of juggling her blog, Living in Lucerne, with motherhood.
[25:52 ] Hear how Matt built a company valued at $3 billion.
[31:44] Matt closes with his thoughts on what’s going to be big in 2021.
So, sit back, get in the zone with a bit of Nina Simone, and then settle into this brilliant bonus episode. Tune in now.
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