Occupation: Founder of WordPress
Net worth: $40 million
Responsible for a company that at one time powered 22 percent of the web, Matt Mullenweg called his creation of WordPress "basically a big experiment." He knew the path ahead wasn't always clear or straightforward.
In an interview with Mapping the Journey, Mullenweg explained how he transformed an open source project into a platform used by millions of developers around the world, noting that the adaption was gradual — nothing happened overnight. Essentially, it was a waiting game to find the tipping point.
"The biggest challenge that we're running into," Mullenweg said, "is that people who are very comfortable or attached to the way that things currently work, can sometimes be scared of changes."
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