Work: I’m ex-CEO at Automattic and a partner at True Ventures. I’ve also worked at Yahoo, Oddpost, Uplister, Aureal Semiconductor, and Crystal River Engineering (in software development, marketing, and CEO jobs). I like working on new tech products and ideas, with my career roughly falling into working on 3D sound and Virtual Reality in the early 90s, playlist sharing and MP3s in the late 90s, web-based email and Web 2.0 in the early 00s, and blogging and personal publishing in the late 00s.
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Growing up: I was born Dec 19, 1969. I grew up in Meilen and Staefa, on lake Zurich in Switzerland. They are both small, beautiful towns. My childhood was pretty idyllic. I played in our neighborhood streets and walked to school with my friends every day, had a great extended family of cousins, aunts, and uncles, skied, played tennis, discovered computers and video games as a teen and taught myself how to program, worked as a radio DJ (Radio Zuerisee), and served in the Swiss military (mandatory) 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 followed by Stanford. 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 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.
Sports: I played varsity tennis for Santa Barbara City College and currently 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 continents, over 40 US states and a lot of countries – much of Europe, Taiwan, Egypt, Morocco, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Virgin Islands, Australia, and just 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.
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, Level Playing Field Institute, and our kids’ schools (Marin Country Day School and Lick Wilmerding High School).
My previous about page.