Brett Meets His Tech Hero: Matt Mullenweg


How awesome is it when my shy and quiet husband has one of the world’s most amazing tech leaders sit down next to him at lunch?

This happened on Saturday while Brett, Natalie and I were attending WordCamp St. Louis. This is where web developers and managers get together to learn about the WordPress (a most excellent content management system). Brett and I traveled to Chicago last year, and this year, St. Louis hosted its first event. It wasn’t until we were reviewing the schedule on Friday night that we noticed that Matt Mullenweg, the founder and advocate of WordPress, was going to be there.

To put this in perspective, Brett and I have watched Matt’s interviews for hours because he’s interesting and is on the cutting edge. Plus, we love WordPress and are amazed at how Matt has helped this Open Source effort to grow exponentially while also improving quality. As a result, about 50 million people and companies, like the NY Times and our company (of course), are using WordPress.

It was a great event, and I was thrilled for Brett to meet someone that he admires so much, especially when I know that he would have been too shy to go up and talk to Matt otherwise. Matt was, as I expected, a charming and down-to-earth guy. I pray blessings on him and safe travels!

Brett Coleman and Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp STL 2011

It’s cool to be writing this post using WordPress and talking about WordPress. Brett said that he felt like a “5 year old.” It was a much better 5-year-old face than when he has to eat his broccolli, let me tell ya.

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Geek alert! Brett has that dreamy WordPress look on his face ;~) !

I guess it goes to show you that heroes are all relative. I glad for you Brett!