Work: I’m a Partner at True Ventures, a seed stage VC firm that has invested in startups like Automattic, BrightRoll, Fitbit, Makerbot, Bandcamp, 3D Robotics, Puppet Labs, and Blue Bottle Coffee. Previously, I was CEO of Automattic for eight years. We created WordPress.com, a top 10 destination on the internet with close to a billion monthly visitors. Prior to Automattic, I was an executive at Yahoo! and before that CEO of an award winning startup called Oddpost that was acquired by Yahoo!. I studied Computer Science at Stanford and started my career as a software engineer at Crystal River Engineering designing digital signal processing systems for NASA Virtual Reality simulators.
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Growing up: I was born Dec 19, 1969. I grew up in Meilen and Staefa on beautiful lake Zurich in Switzerland. My extended family lived close by and ran various family businesses. I passed my time skiing, playing tennis, and developing video games. Later I worked as a radio DJ and served in the Swiss military until deciding to move to California for college. I follow Swiss news on Tagi, Blick.
School: I studied computer science at Santa Barbara City College and Stanford University. I went to high school in Zurich, Switzerland.
Cars: I’m a car nut. I currently drive a biodiesel Toyota Landcruiser, a Caterham Super Seven, a Fiat 500, and a VW Eurovan (with camper top). I’ve owned too many cars to list, but they include a Lancia Fulvia HF, a Ferrari 308 GTB, a Maserati Quattroporte, two Triumph TR3s, two Volvo 544s, a BMW M3, a Ford Falcon, an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and a beloved Gurgel. My dream garage is hard for me to decide on, but would include a Ferrari 288 GTO, probably a Lamborghini Countach (early model) or a Lancia Stratos, a nice vintage Land Rover or Jeep, and probably an old 911 or a BMW 3.0 CS, oh and possibly an early 60s Aston Martin, and a 1st generation Golf GTI (Euro spec), and… you see the problem. I follow Bring A Trailer, Petrolicious, Motoring Con Brio.
Sports: I played varsity tennis for Santa Barbara City College and enjoy coaching San Francisco Little League baseball. I follow tennis, Giants baseball, and the occasional Formula 1 race. I used to watch a lot of ski races. I follow the Giants on Bleacher Report.
Travel: I’ve been to all 7 continents, to 42 US states and to a lot of countries – Taiwan, Egypt, Morocco, most of Europe, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Virgin Islands, Australia, and recently got back from Antarctica.
Family tree: Father: Rolf Walter Schneider (1938-1998), Mother: Doris Marie Schneider Hotz (1941-1990), Sister: Isabel McCue (1966), more to come.
Giving back: In addition to helping create and support the WordPress Foundation through my job, my wife and I support organizations like Human Rights Watch, Youth Art Exchange, the San Francisco Public Library, Level Playing Field Institute, Meritus, and our kids’ schools (Marin Country Day School and Lick Wilmerding High School).
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