Automattic Acquires IntenseDebate

Yesterday was an exciting first day back from vacation for me.  I spent the morning at the Microsoft Campus doing our TechStars Demo and Investor Day for Silicon Valley.  It was well attended and showcased a number of the 2007 and 2008 TechStars companies.  Dan Kaplan at VentureBeat had a detailed write up on it titled At TechStars, twelve teams show that Boulder, CO can produce some fantastic tech and Jason Kincaid at TechCrunch weighed in with his views in the post titled TechStars Demo Day: Acquisitions Galore As Twelve Companies Strut Their Stuff. 

One of the 2007 TechStars companis, IntenseDebate, announced during the presentation that they had just been acquired by Automattic, the makers of WordPress.  There was a ton of positive buzz yesterday in the blogosphere about this – huge congrats to the IntenseDebate gang as well as everyone involved in Automattic.  Vator.tv captured Toni Schneider (the CEO of Automattic) up on stage with Tom Keller (the CEO of Intense Debate) talking about the deal.

This is the second acquisition of a TechStars 2007 company following AOL’s acquisition of SocialThing last month.  As part of this one, I’ve agreed to become a "raving WordPress fanboy" so look for me to finally migrate my various blogs over to WordPress.  I’m also very much enjoying writing in my new WordPress moleskin notebook and putting little WordPress stickers on things wherever I go, including up and down University Avenue today on my morning run.

  • Congrats! I'm definitely excited about tighter wordpress integration. This is definitely one of those deals that truly makes sense for both parties.

  • > and putting little WordPress stickers on things wherever I go

    Keep up the good work 🙂

    • I’m nothing if not diligent in my mission.

    • Don't worry, Isaac will get started on designing some IntenseDebate stickers…

      • Brad – Happy to see you migrating your blogs to WordPress. All of mine are and I love it. Of course ID ads a whole new facet of usefulness to my WordPress based blogs.

        Michael – So what do I have to do for an ID sticker?

        • Ha! While we currently don't have stickers, I suppose a “Michael Koenig, give me a thousand stickers to paint the town with” video might do the trick.

          Just kidding of course – you're absolutely sticker worthy (in the event that we had stickers). ;-P

          • 1000 won't cut it. I live in a small town, but it would still take more than 1,000 stickers…maybe 1,100. Throw in a hat to the challenge and we may have to dust off the video cam. 😉

          • Sold!

  • I've been using WordPress myself – I think you'll like it. Can't wait for the presumed intense debate integration!

  • “I'm also very much enjoying writing in my new WordPress moleskin notebook…”

    Aw poor mole 🙂 – sorry, someone had to say it: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2004/gibb-mole

    Seriously though, congratulations on the second TechStar success in as many months. Boulder certainly is a fantastic place to grow a company. Hopefully we can replicate that kind of success in Rochester ( http://www.eyesonthefuture.biz). We'd love a “guest blog” post on our economic summit blog on how to attract capital to a non-coastal city.

  • Welcome to the light side. WordPress makes integrating Lijit and Intense Debate, and most of the important blogging fuctions super easy.

  • As a fairly long time user of intense debate, I say congratulations!

  • I’m nothing if not diligent in my mission.

  • As a fairly long time user of intense debate, I say congratulations!

  • Don't worry, Isaac will get started on designing some IntenseDebate stickers…

  • Welcome to the light side. WordPress makes integrating Lijit and Intense Debate, and most of the important blogging fuctions super easy.

  • Lee Drake

    "I'm also very much enjoying writing in my new WordPress moleskin notebook…"

    Aw poor mole 🙂 – sorry, someone had to say it: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2004/gibb-mole

    Seriously though, congratulations on the second TechStar success in as many months. Boulder certainly is a fantastic place to grow a company. Hopefully we can replicate that kind of success in Rochester (http://www.eyesonthefuture.biz). We'd love a "guest blog" post on our economic summit blog on how to attract capital to a non-coastal city.

  • I've been using WordPress myself – I think you'll like it. Can't wait for the presumed intense debate integration!

  • Brad – Happy to see you migrating your blogs to WordPress. All of mine are and I love it. Of course ID ads a whole new facet of usefulness to my WordPress based blogs.

    Michael – So what do I have to do for an ID sticker?

  • Ha! While we currently don't have stickers, I suppose a "Michael Koenig, give me a thousand stickers to paint the town with" video might do the trick.

    Just kidding of course – you're absolutely sticker worthy (in the event that we had stickers). ;-P

  • Congrats! I'm definitely excited about tighter wordpress integration. This is definitely one of those deals that truly makes sense for both parties.

  • 1000 won't cut it. I live in a small town, but it would still take more than 1,000 stickers…maybe 1,100. Throw in a hat to the challenge and we may have to dust off the video cam. 😉

  • Sold!

  • Toni

    > and putting little WordPress stickers on things wherever I go

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Is there anywhere I can get a ready made custom stylesheet for Intense debate?

    • I really wish somebody would have answered you because I want to use it but it is just too big for my site.

  • Simon Bennett

    Is there anywhere I can get a ready made custom stylesheet for Intense debate?

    • I really wish somebody would have answered you because I want to use it but it is just too big for my site.

  • I really love this plugin I use it on all my blogs

  • Can I ask an elementary question? How does WordPress make money? WordPress blogs are free and so is the use of intensedebate, right? How does a company make money if they give away their products? Thanks in advance and sorry if this is an incredibly silly question.

  • I thinks this a good information, thanks. Intense Debate forever..

  • I thinks this a good information, thanks. Intense Debate forever..