Polldaddy acquired by WordPress

15th of October 2008 by fergus


Congratulation to Lenny aka David Lenehan and Eoin Gallagher on Polldaddy team – and Toni, Matt and Automattic team.

Polldaddy is the default online poll service for leading blogs, social networks and websites – and the acquisition by WordPress parent – Automattic – makes total sense – and the team dynamics is brilliant.

Only 2 developers [Lenny and Eoin] on polldaddy – which was initially incubated within Infacta.

It was spun out as a seperate entity late in 2007 – with angel investment provided by Infacta and Polldaddy founder, Jonathan Hill.

Polldaddy also recruited Scott Rafer as an advisor in 2007 – and Scott played no small part in assisting the project in getting to its current scale.

The Polldaddy is great validation for Web2Ireland – especially given the level of investment, the operations, and the acquisition result.

Given the recent news on Facebook setting up in Ireland – it perhaps set a new model for the IDA/EI – International operations get setup via acquisition [which is what Israel have done for years].

To add more context in terms of WordPress scale – see this post from Fred Wilson on Facebook vs WordPress – and the Polldaddy numbers will drive this further forward.

facebook vs wordpress

Disclosure: I’m a personal friend of Lenny, Jonathan and Scott

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12 Responses to “Polldaddy acquired by WordPress”

Well done David and Eoin! Fantastic news. So does this mean the polldaddy team will be moving across the pond?

This is honestly the highlight of the year so far for me. I can’t think of a better pair of companies to get together. More of the same please!

Brilliant news. Well done guys well deserved.

@Walter Higgins – I would really like to talk to you about Pixenate. Could you please get in touch with me by allan [at] allantyoung [dot] com – I appreciate it.

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Very proud of the Irish Tech scene nowadays. Well done PollDaddy!

Awesome news guys – congratulations!

Well done lads – richly deserved – great news!

Congratulations! Really well done.

bulaidh bós lads. Very proud. well done!