Matt Mullenweg has been named one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30, and Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
In this episode, I attempt to get him drunk on tequila and make him curse.
Matt is most associated with a tool that powers more than 22% of the entire web: WordPress. Even if you aren’t into tech, there are many pages of “holy shit!” tips and resources in this episode.
Matt is a phenom of hyper-productivity and does A LOT with very little. But how? This conversation shares his best tools and tricks. From polyphasic sleep to Dvorak and looping music for flow, there’s something for everyone.
Last but not least, Matt is also the CEO of Automattic, which is valued at $1-billion+ and has a fully distributed team of 300+ employees around the world. I’m honored to be an advisor, and I’ve seen how they use incredibly unorthodox methods for jaw-dropping results.
But… he started off as a BBQ-chomping Texas boy with no aspirations of empire building. How on earth did get here? Just listen and find out. It’s one hell of a story.
- Listen to it on iTunes.
- Stream by clicking here.
- Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”.
This episode is sponsored by Onnit. I have used Onnit products for years. If you look in my kitchen or in my garage you will find Alpha BRAIN, chewable melatonin (for resetting my clock while traveling), kettlebells, maces, battle ropes, and steel clubs. It sounds like a torture chamber, and it basically is. A torture chamber for self-improvement! Ah, the lovely pain. To see a list of my favorite pills, potions, and heavy tools, click here.
This podcast is also brought to you by 99Designs, the world’s largest marketplace of graphic designers. Did you know I used 99Designs to rapid prototype the cover for The 4-Hour Body? Here are some of the impressive results. Click this link and get a free $99 upgrade. Give it a test run..
QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What’s the best productivity tip or tool you’ve implemented in the last year? Please let me know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
Selected Links from the Episode
- Follow Matt on Spotify, where he shares music
- Learn more about GPL
- History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
- Learn more about Automattic.com
- Fall in love with Dvorak – DVzine
- Learn about an even more efficient keyboard: Colemak
- Learn about Automattic’s P2Theme.com, used to replace email
- Learn more about Slack for replacing Skype
- Casa Dragones – Our favorite sipping tequila
- Momentum – A Chrome extension to enhance focus
- WunderList – Useful to-do listing
- Telegram.org – A fast, free, encrypted messaging app
- The 7-Minute Workout – Simplifying exercise goals
- Calm – Meditation App
- Bikeshed.org – An essay
- Learn about Mullenweg’s investors Tiger Global | Insights | True Ventures
- Stolen Dance by Milky Chance
- Check out Matt’s blog and his post on Sam Smith
- Who Says by John Mayer
- Gorgeous and Power by Kanye West
- Rigamortis by Kendrick Lamar
- Matt’s EDM working music suggestions, Jane Doze
- Though applications have ended, see my post seeking a managing editor for hiring ideas
- Hire by Audition | The CEO of Automattic on Holding “Auditions” to Build a Strong Team by Matt Mullenweg on Harvard Business Review
- The Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun
- How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain De Botton
- The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
- Words That Work by Frank Luntz
- Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things by George Lakoff
- Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
- The Magus by John Fowles
- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
- The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
- Learn more about Pose Running and Dr. Romanov
- Connect with Matt on Twitter
- Matt recommends Tom Ford suits
- Learn more about GigaOM.com
- Read about what is in the carry-on bag of Matt Mullenweg
- The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
- The Everything Store by Brad Stone
- Learn more about Wealthfront
- The Black Swan, Fooled By Randomness, Book of Aphorisms and Anti-Fragile by Nassim Taleb
- Read Warren Buffett’s Annual Letters
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser
- Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Larry Phillips
- Learn more about TechMeme.com – “The Best Tech Newspaper in the World”
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker
- The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
- Zero to One by Peter Thiel (Also read Original Class Notes by Blake Masters)
- The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman
- OK Computer by Radiohead
- Nostalgia Ultra by Frank Ocean
- Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
- How WordPress started | The origin story
- Defining “open source”
- How WordPress beat their competition and how to beat the complicate-to-profit business model
- The long term outlook and core product characteristics that has empowered the growth of WordPress
- Describing Automattic, and how it was founded with a purpose to kill spam
- Experiments in polyphasic sleep, girlfriend complexities, and Dvorak typing
- How is Automattic differs from the average tech startup, and challenges of a distributed workforce
- Thoughts on where to draw the transparency line when running an open-source company
- Delving into the secret benefits of tequila
- Matt Mullenweg’s useful laptop and smartphone apps
- Turning it around on Tim: Intermittent fasting and distilled water fasting?
- Overworking vices, creating “de-loading” phases and saying “no” to meetings
- Why we don’t care about the color of the bike shed
- Musical skills that support coding and other leadership skills
- Why Matt listens to familiar songs on loop when working
- Hiring tips: Auditions at Automattic, why use them, and how they work
- Matt’s view on top-grading
- Most gifted books
- Learning to love running
- Answering Twitter questions: Bootstrapping vs. seed money if starting in 2015, picking a badass suit and last great purchase for less than $100
- Packing tips
- The story of losing an investor’s check (nearly a $400,000 mistake)
- The story behind eating 104 Chicken McNuggets
- First person to come to mind when you think “successful”?
- Suggested investing books
- The role WordPress will play in online content outside the browser (mobile apps, API, etc.) in the near future
- Books and resources for the 20-year old entrepreneur looking to start a company
- Stranded on a desert island? Albums and what else?
- Advice for your 20-year old self?
Posted on: February 9, 2015.
Please check out Tribe of Mentors, my newest book, which shares short, tactical life advice from 100+ world-class performers. Many of the world's most famous entrepreneurs, athletes, investors, poker players, and artists are part of the book. The tips and strategies in Tribe of Mentors have already changed my life, and I hope the same for you. Click here for a sample chapter and full details. Roughly 90% of the guests have never appeared on my podcast.
Who was interviewed? Here's a very partial list: tech icons (founders of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Craigslist, Pinterest, Spotify, Salesforce, Dropbox, and more), Jimmy Fallon, Arianna Huffington, Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York), Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ben Stiller, Maurice Ashley (first African-American Grandmaster of chess), Brené Brown (researcher and bestselling author), Rick Rubin (legendary music producer), Temple Grandin (animal behavior expert and autism activist), Franklin Leonard (The Black List), Dara Torres (12-time Olympic medalist in swimming), David Lynch (director), Kelly Slater (surfing legend), Bozoma Saint John (Beats/Apple/Uber), Lewis Cantley (famed cancer researcher), Maria Sharapova, Chris Anderson (curator of TED), Terry Crews, Greg Norman (golf icon), Vitalik Buterin (creator of Ethereum), and nearly 100 more. Check it all out by clicking here.