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Automattic

Develops publishing platforms

Founded: Jul 2005

San Francisco, United States

Wordpress 

Automattic is the company behind WordPress.com, the simplest, most secure way to start web-publishing immediately on the open source WordPress platform. They also make Jetpack for WordPress, which bundles a number of social improvements to the WordPress core software as a single plugin.

Automattic offers a number of products, like VaultPress and Akismet, on a freemium model so anyone can use them for free, and later have the choice to pay extra for premium features.

Automattic has over 150 employees, including nearly 130 who are focused on product development and support. Automattic is led by CEO Toni Schneider and founder Matt Mullenweg and expects to grow to 200 people by the end of 2013.