Transcript: Growth Summit Official Kickoff

Howdy I’m Matt Mullenweg, the CEO of Automattic, which is the parent company of WordPress.com, and I want to welcome you to the WordPress.com Growth Summit. We’re glad you could join us. And, while I’m here, I’d like to invite you to do three things. First, learn. Today, you’re going to hear from some of our most inspiring customers, leaders who are building modern newsrooms, scaling their businesses from local to anywhere, and empowering other storytellers and voices just like you. They each started with an idea. They didn’t skip any steps and stayed focused on a mission and goals while evolving as fast as they needed to. They seem to see each challenge as an opportunity to grow. We’re thankful for them to taking the time to share their stories. We’re also going to learn from our team, too, especially our Happiness Engineers. They are not only some of the foremost WordPress experts in the world and available 24/7 to help you with a WordPress.com website, but there are also our own experts in blogging and podcasting, growing audiences and running businesses. Second, we invite you to share – you’re part of a community of creators solo from site hustlers organizers, developers and artists who are making the web and the world a better place. When I started WordPress 18 years ago, we relied on a community of developers to launch it and prove it, evangelize it, keep it modern and grow it. WordPress empowers millions and millions of people to do what they set out to do, no matter where they are in the world. And our community remains one of the most powerful reasons why. A huge percentage of you and our users too, came here simply to share your ideas, so start sharing today. Ask questions, join our social communities, offer your feedback and share your work. Finally, it’s time to grow. A lot of our most successful customers, entrepreneurs and creators will tell you they didn’t know what the journey would look like, but they embraced change and new challenges along the way. Creators just start. You’ll be supported as you grow in whichever direction you choose. Your website is flexible and ready to become whatever you need it to be. From a hub for your creative work or small business to a storefront powered by WooCommerce or a growing digital newsroom, ready for Newspack, or maybe an enterprise option supported by WordPress VIP. You can build your own audience that, like your work, belongs only to you secured by your own Jetpack. When we started Automattic, I didn’t know that we’d offer all these products and more that help creators like you share your ideas and stories and art and businesses with the world. I just knew that we would offer a way to create flexible, secure, fast and well supported WordPress websites. That’s part of how we grew. How will you grow? So, please dive in today and learn from our experts and our exemplary users. Learn from and support each other and you’ll be on your way. And thank you for attending the 2021 WordPress.com Growth Summit. Wherever you are in the world, we wish you safety and health and every opportunity to grow. We’re very glad you’re here.

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