Toni is CEO of Automattic (creators of the popular WordPress.com blogging platform) and a venture partner at True Ventures. His career in technology began as a software engineer at Crystal River Engineering and a VP of Technology at Aureal Semiconductor (acquired by Creative Labs). He joined the world of start-ups as the co-founder of Uplister, a venture-backed music recommendation startup in early 2000. It was his role as CEO of Oddpost, however, that may have impacted his career path most significantly. Yahoo! acquired Oddpost in 2004, which formed the basis of the new Yahoo! Mail used by over 250 million people around the world. Toni joined Yahoo! as VP and created the Yahoo! Developer Network. He went on to co-found Sphere (acquired by AOL) with Tony Conrad and is currently the CEO of Automattic.
Voted startup CEO of the Year at the 2007 Crunchies, Toni’s leadership style is commended by many of those who have worked for or with him. When he is not running a company or advising another, you can find him in his VW van crossing the US with his family or adding to his noteworthy collection of cars.