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Automattic Acquires Day One

Eli Budelli (MacRumors, Hacker News):

We’re excited to welcome Day One to the Automattic team. Day One is a private journaling app that makes writing for yourself a simple pleasure. A beautifully designed user experience has earned the app prestigious awards including App Store Editor’s Choice, App of the Year, and the Apple Design Award, along with high praise from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Wired, and more.

Paul Mayne:

By joining Automattic, I’m now more confident than ever that the preservation and longevity of Day One is sure. This acquisition will provide Day One access to the same technological, financial, and security benefits that WordPress.com, Tumblr, and other Automattic entities enjoy.

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I’ll be remaining at the helm of Day One, leading the same passionate team that has been responsible for the development and design behind the app today.

Matt Mullenweg:

For many years I’ve talked to anyone who will listen about my vision of making Automattic the Berkshire Hathaway of the internet, and Paul’s decision to continue to grow his amazing business as part of Automattic is a great validation of the way we’ve been building our culture and long-term orientation in our business.

5 Comments

Beatrix Willius

Mayne says the usual meaningless drivel of every seller. What does being "the Berkshire Hathaway of the internet" mean?

I wonder if Day One’s company’s home page will finally get an HTTPS cert.

I'll have to take a second look at Day One. I was always attracted to the idea of keeping a structured digital journal. But the lack of E2E for my content was a bit off-putting. Great to see it's available now.

@Beatrix I take it to mean they want to collect well known brands under their umbrella and run them in a hands off manner.

Benjamin Esham

I was disappointed to see that the app’s new terms and conditions include an arbitration clause that you can’t opt out of :-/

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