I loved the idea about the NY Times quiz. (I got it wrong). It's a little thing, but it may have been just the hook to catch the right fish.
I try to learn something from everything here. This was a great lesson that I hope to put to use myself someday.
While getting acquired is cool for the founders, getting acquired so early is usually not in YC's interest and I doubt they'd have too much regret over (what is likely) a super-small acquisition.
edit: Any details on the financials?
But this is a perfect combination of tech and opportunity. Again, well done Raphael!
I view that as ironic because the article talks about contextual grammar checking, and there's no way a machine (or in this case even a human) could know the proper context that determines whether or not the article's author made a mistake.
...took pictures of famous czech and slovak authors...
It noticed that Slovak should be capitalized, but not Czech.
So until it can pass my 30 second test, much as I am pleased for the authors, I'd not use the product, under any ownership.
Speaking as someone who cares a lot about security, I'd be concerned about the reputation for poor security "rubbing off" on me.
The point I was trying to make, and which seems to be lost on you, is that it is perfectly possible to have people associate you with insecure code or even to outright dislike you and to sleep very well at night and have half the world kow-tow to you.
The people at your work are no doubt in IT, they probably don't realize that if Bill Gates had not done his thing that they'd be in a different job today.
All this from somebody who is also not impressed by some of Bill Gates' legacy. But I still give the guy his due.
Any of us would wish to do half as good as he did for himself and his family.
The rest of the world will not remember Bill Gates as the guy who had a hand in the worlds most insecure os (at some point, the situation has changed a bit), or the guy whose company did some really dirty business deals.
They'll remember the billionaire that gave away a fortune through his foundation to cure all kinds of diseases.
Gates won the PR battle long ago. It's just us IT guys that see the rest of the story, and mostly because they are forced to work with stuff that they would not work with if they had a choice.
That's a weird way of looking at it. As though people working for microsoft are automatically associated with making insecure software.
The people that make wordpress that are responsible for the security - or lack there off - have some egg on their faces, but the person whose company just got acquired obviously does not.
For one the acquisition is after this particular bug was found, secondly he is not working on that part of the wordpress code but on the text polishing feature.
To suggest it would 'rub off' is to lump all the wordpress employees onto one heap and assign blame/attach stigma for the acts or negligence of the wordpress security team.
And that is where it should rub off on.
The 'on me' bit makes it pretty clear this is a personal issue and not about people not using the software produced by the company.
As in "even after you leave that company you will still carry the stigma of having worked for a company that produced insecure software".
Can some downvoters please explain?
Microsoft Research did a lot of work on Haskell. Does the multitude of Windows viruses make you not want to use Haskell? Probably not. It just doesn't matter.
I fail to see how the original question qualifies as 'whining about Wordpress'.
I think we all can take a good lesson from this example of determination.
I chose to support TinyMCE as the first editor because of its excellent plugin API and use in popular applications. I chose WordPress as a first application because of its excellent plugin API and infrastructure for distributing plugins to users. The fact I think it's pretty slick helped too.
It's a software as a service