Automattic backs Matrix by investing $4.6M in New Vector!

We're very excited to announce that Automattic, the creator of WordPress, is making a $4.6M strategic investment in New Vector in order to back the Matrix ecosystem - effectively extending our Series-A round from October! Automattic is one of the most successful and well regarded open source companies, with more than 36% of the websites on the Internet running on WordPress today, so having Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress and founder of Automattic) and the Automattic team committing to make the most of Matrix in their work going forwards is incredible news! We share a passion for freedom, open…

Remote schooling: Health safety measures shouldn’t put our kids’ privacy at risk.

As everyone is taking drastic measures to halt the spread of Covid19, online collaboration is even more of a critical backbone for the world. But should we protect our health at the expense of our privacy? Moving most of our communications online means that most of our important and private discussions, which in normal times would happen in person, are now stored somewhere on the internet. And how many of you know where and how they are stored? The lack of control over where our data lives is scary. And while businesses should already be worried about storing their mission…

Mozilla selects Modular and Riot to power their community instant messaging

After a formal 1-month trial of 4 different platforms, we are very excited that Mozilla have announced their decision to move their communications from IRC to Matrix, choosing Modular and Riot as their new home! We’ve always been big fans of Mozilla, few have done more for the open web, open standards and open-source generally so it is particularly gratifying to see them choose Modular. In addition to offering open, secure, decentralised instant messaging, Mike Hoye, who ran the project, highlights two specific good reasons for choosing Modular and Riot in his announcement: first Riot’s robust support for…

$8.5M to accelerate Matrix, polish Riot and expand Modular!

The need for decentralised encrypted communication is becoming critical, as the pressure mounts on the big centralised communication silos to insert backdoors into their encryption, and we see ever more erratic behaviour emerging. Meanwhile more and more players are realising that fragmenting communication is counterproductive and are trying to back-pedal (e.g. Slack’s efforts to link their workspaces into some kind of network; Facebook’s attempts to bridge WhatsApp/Instagram/Messenger). We are closer than ever to the realisation that today’s communication services would be stronger if there was a common global fabric to connect them - much…