Automattic, the fast-growing company behind the popular WordPress blogging software (heavily endorsed by Soma Design) and the free WordPress.com blogging service, just announced a $29.5 million round of funding.
One of the fascinating things is that the NY Times, that bastion of old media, was one of the investors. This makes total sense once you look a little deeper and realize that the NY Times are using WordPress to power their ever-expanding collection of blogs.
What this means is that WordPress has a long, bright future ahead of it with the people who loved it before they had any idea that they could make money off it still right in the thick of things and getting paid well to boot. It means that small web design shops like ours can expect WordPress to continue being a terrific and evolving platform upon which to build websites (like this one) for years to come.
On more personal note, I must extend a hearty congratulations to Matt and the team at Automattic for being rewarded for their terrific work. Good job!