Moving On From Yahoo -> Automattic

I wasn’t going to write about this until my last day at Yahoo, but then Om Malik (the best informed man in Silicon Valley?) found out about 10 seconds after I started telling people at Yahoo, so here it goes:

After a great time at Yahoo working on projects like the new Yahoo Mail (FKA Oddpost), the new Yahoo Widgets (FKA Konfabulator) and setting up the Yahoo Developer Network, I’ve decided to move on and try out not one, but two new jobs! My main new job will be as CEO of a very exciting startup called Automattic. Formed last Fall by Matt Mullenweg and three of the other developers – Andy, Donncha and Ryan – behind the popular WordPress open source blogging software, Automattic is poised to become a leading provider of blogging services. Ever since meeting Matt over a year ago and becoming a WordPress user, I’ve been more and more drawn in by the product and its incredible community, and I couldn’t be more excited about joining them. In addition, I will also become a venture partner in a VC fund. It’s a brand new fund called True Ventures (Om kindly gave us a heads up so we could throw up a quick page) headed by Jon Callaghan, John Burke, and Phil Black (a friend of mine, neighbor, investor in my last company Oddpost). True Ventures will be focused on early stage technology investments – my favorite – and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about the VC world.

My time at Yahoo was truly fun and enlightening. I might write more about what it’s like to be inside Yahoo when I’ve had some distance from it, but I did have a great time, learned a lot of new things and will miss a lot of the really smart, nice and dedicated people I got to know and work with at Yahoo.

Happy 2006 :)

PS: in the interest of “eating our own dog food” I’ve started a new wordpress.com blog at toni.wordpress.com. Not sure yet what I’ll use it for.

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Toni Schneider

ex-CEO at Automattic. Partner at True Ventures. Advisor at Bandcamp, Handshake, Hatch, Madefire, Renovo Motors, and Showyou.

36 thoughts on “Moving On From Yahoo -> Automattic”

  1. Who are you calling little :) Thanks, Anil, I appreciate it. Seems like a long time ago in NYC (in 2003?) when we talked about blogging and Oddpost and you told me about the excellent WD50 restaurant!

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  3. Toni,
    Congrats!! Glad you left the big corporation. It just did not suit you even though it was a lot of fun for a while. Well, you will be in San Francisco now so lunch is definitely awesome. YEHHHH!!!

  4. Congrats Toni! Sorry to see you go but this does sound like a very cool gig…I look forward to finding out more…

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  7. Toni – congradulations! We should get together to have dinner and chat about Automattic and True Ventures – drop me a line when u have time after settling down.

    cheers

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