DHH @dhh Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver. Sep. 19, 2019 1 min read

“We want every website, whether it’s e-commerce or anything to be powered by WordPress” is a nasty, monopolistic goal. Listening to Matt muse about 85% marketshare dreams is a real downer. But $300m is a down payment on monopoly dreams.  https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/19/automattic-raises-300-million-at-3-billion-valuation-from-salesforce-ventures/ 

We’ve been pretty happy running SvN on Wordpress, but if there’s anything that’d make us bolt, it’d be venture-fueled aspirations of complete dominance. Hiding such distasteful goals behind “open platform” is some disingenuous shit too.

The whole point of the open, thriving web is to have a plethora of platforms, tools, and publishers out there. Monoculture and monopoly are pests upon the free web, whether they’re backed by an open source license or not. Thought Matt of all people would be in tune to that.


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