Automattic Board of Directors
Phil Black is co-founder of True Ventures. In addition to Automattic, Phil serves on the board of Sano, HelpShift, ProsperWorks and several other True portfolio companies. He learned the venture trade, and met his future True Ventures co-founder, during his time at Summit Partners and has held the role of general partner at both ABS Ventures and WPGVP, the latter of which is now known as Lightspeed Venture Partners. He raised and invested a small angel fund called Blacksmith Capital prior to True and it became a seminal moment in his career of managing third party capital for venture fund investments. Phil is a product of Oklahoma and a Stanford alum.
Tony Conrad has served as a member of our board of directors since Automattic’s inception in 2005. He is a Partner at True Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with $2B under management. In addition to Automattic, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of High Fidelity, Hodinkee, Teamable and the Tony Hawk Foundation. In addition to True Ventures, he is the founder of Sphere and about.me, both acquired by AOL (2008 & 2010). He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington.
General Ann Dunwoody is a retired general of the U.S. Army and the first woman in U.S. Military history to achieve a four-star officer rank. She served in the Army for more than 37 years, during which time she led and ran the largest global logistics command in the Army, comprising 69,000 military and civilians, located in all 50 states and over 140 countries. She managed a budget of $60 billion and was responsible for oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts. General Dunwoody is president of First 2 Four, LLC, a leadership mentoring and strategic advisory services company. Her book, A Higher Standard, was published in April 2015.
Matt Mullenweg is the cofounder of WordPress and the founder and CEO of Automattic. Additionally, Matt runs Audrey Capital, an investment and research company. He has been recognized for his leadership and success by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fortune, among other publications. Matt is originally from Houston, Texas, where he attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and studied jazz saxophone. In his spare time, Matt is an avid photographer. Matt splits time between Houston, New York, and San Francisco.
Toni is the former CEO of Automattic and still serves as a team lead at the company working on new products and technologies. Toni is also a partner at True Ventures. He started his career as a software engineer working on NASA virtual reality simulators and went on to become a startup founder, a CEO, and an executive at Yahoo! before joining the Automattic and True teams. Toni was recognized as CEO of the year at the Crunchies for his work at Automattic.