Automattic has acquired After The Deadline, a WordPress plugin startup company. After The Deadline designed a solid grammar and spelling plugin for WordPress. Matt Mullenweg, the chief developer of WordPress called up Raphael Mudge, the only After The Deadline employee to find out what it would take to buy out his entire company.
The deal was made this past July and now After The Deadline was made accessible for all WordPress.com users. Automattic has around $30 million in funding and purchased the blo.gs pinging service from Yahoo! this past April. Automattic also bought out PollDaddy in October and Intense Debate in September.