Work: I’m CEO at Automattic and a partner at True Ventures. I’ve also worked at Yahoo, Oddpost, Uplister, Aureal Semiconductor, and Crystal River Engineering (mostly in software development, marketing, and CEO jobs). I’ve had other jobs including being a radio DJ, an office clerk, and a garbage man.
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Specs: 6’2″, 180 pounds, beard, 33/34 pants, L or XL shirts, 10.5 shoes, XXL hats.
Childhood: I was born on Dec 19, 1969. I grew up in Meilen and Staefa, on lake Zurich in Switzerland. They are both small (pop 10k), very beautiful towns. I played in our neighborhood streets and walked to school with my friends every day (it’s still like that there today). I played a lot of tennis growing up, skied in the winters, played video games, taught myself to program computers, and served in the Swiss military (mandatory). I follow Swiss news on Tagi, Blick.
School: I studied computer science at Stanford and at Santa Barbara City College. I went to high school in Zurich, Switzerland.
Sports: Not too active anymore, but I played varsity tennis for Santa Barbara City College (great experience), and I’ve greatly enjoyed coaching San Francisco Little League baseball. I follow tennis, Giants baseball, and the occasional Formula 1 race. I’d watch ski races if they were on TV in a way that made sense (like showing the whole race). I follow the Giants on Bleacher Report.
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 definitely 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.
Travel: I’ve been to about 30 US states and a lot of countries, most of Europe, Taiwan, Egypt, Morocco, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Virgin Islands, Australia. About to go to Antarctica.
Architecture: I almost went to Architecture school after Stanford (I joined a Virtual Reality startup instead). I love all kinds of buildings ranging from new to abandoned, as well as building sites, campgrounds, really all forms of human dwelling. I follow: Subtilitas, Karmatrendz, Abandoned Pics.
Family tree: Father: Rolf Walter Schneider (1938-1998), Mother: Doris Marie Schneider Hotz (1941-1990), Sister: Isabel McCue (1966), more to come.
Politics: I’m not (yet) a US citizen (so can’t vote), but I’ve given money to Howard Dean and Barack Obama.
Charity: Other than helping out the WordPress Foundation through my job, my wife and I have supported various causes like Human Rights Watch, Out of Site youth arts, the San Francisco public library, and our kids’ schools (Marin CountryDay School and Lick Wilmerding High School). Next I want to give to the Level Playing Field Institute.
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