Hi. I’m Toni Schneider.
I live in San Francisco with my wife Diane, our kids Sophie, Ben, and Owen, and our dogs Pepper and Rufus. I work for Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, and True Ventures, a seed stage VC firm. I like technology startups, cars, and alternative energy. Once upon a time I grew up in Switzerland, then moved to California for college.
Here’s a short bio, a high-res photo, my resume, and a video from 2012 of me talking about my career and what makes Automattic and WordPress successful.
I’m currently involved with these fine companies:
- Automattic (CEO)
- True Ventures (Venture Partner)
- Bandcamp (board member)
- Madefire (board member)
- Showyou (board member)
- Singly (advisor)
- Sphere (co-founder, acquired by AOL)
- Yahoo (VP Developer Network)
- Oddpost (CEO, acquired by Yahoo)
- Uplister (CEO)
- Aureal Semiconductor (VP Technology, acquired by Creative Labs)
- Crystal River Engineering (Software Engineer, acquired by Aureal)
Recent press and awards:
- Forbes – WordPress rules the web
- BusinessWeek – Why some company offices are virtual
- AllThingsD – Automattic grows up
- WPVibe – Interview
- Blick am Abend – Wie Toni das Netz eroberte
- Crunchies – Startup CEO of the Year Award
- New York Times – Times Company invests in Automattic
- Wall Street Journal – Blog Software Firm Gets $29 Million in Financing
- L’Expansion – Le succès de WordPress est celui du modèle open source
- CBS Wallstrip – Wallstrip interview
- PodTech – Scoble Show interview
- Business 2.0 – The Startup Type
- GigaOm – Yahoo Exec Exits For Automattic CEO Gig
- PaidContent- Toni Schneider Leaves Yahoo
- Morten Lund – Oddpost Did It
- CNET- Yahoo Acquires Oddpost
- Wired – Frugal Oddpost Is Downturn Baby
Recent speaking engagements:
- Plug and Play Expo – Keynote
- Signal San Francisco – WordPress: Publishing at a Massive Scale
- Web 2.0 Summit – Point of Control: You
- UCSB – TMP Lecture Series
- Freemium Summit – The Business of Free (slides)
- Technopark Zurich – Erfahrungen als CEO und VC
- EconSM – Getting Real: Grown-Up Start Ups
- SxSW 2007 – Why Marketers Need To Work With People Media
- SxSW 2006 – The New Startup Cultures
- Web 2.0 Summit – Harnessing Collective Intelligence (photo)
- Web 2.0 Conference – Open vs Closed Models
- Foo Camp – Opening up Yahoo
- SDForum – Startup SIG (photos)
- TiEcon – Bootstrapping Startups
23 replies on “About”
Great to find you. I just sent you an email.
I am new and I am looking to find my way to this channel.
I wish you the best for your work and for your life.
A very happy new year!!!!!
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Will someday want to have a resume as impressive as yours. You are good.
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Another Mr. Schneider says Hi and wishes all the best. 🙂 Love your blog, btw.
At the outset, I would like to thank you for giving us such a great platform for expressing ourselves. I had always loved writing, but did not have the avenue to do it. WordPress has shown me the way. And, I have just added https://toni.org/ to my blog roll, as I felt that my work will always remain incomplete, if I do not acknowledge the contribution that you have made to me and numerous others.
Happy New Year 2009
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Thank you, Toni, for your impressive contributions and for being part of the innovative team at Automattic. Keep up the great work in making the world a better place through social media and connectivity. Happy New Year!
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