Six Apart Acquires LiveJournal

Jan 11, 2005

Six Apart, makers of the Movable Type publishing platform and TypePad personal weblogging service, has acquired Danga Interactive, Inc., the operators of the LiveJournal service, for an undisclosed amount of stock and cash. LiveJournal, an online community organized around personal journals, is run by Danga, a Portland, Oregon-based company founded by Brad Fitzpatrick in 1999. LiveJournal offers consumers both free and paid subscriptions to its personal publishing blogging tool, built on open source software. As part of Six Apart, LiveJournal will continue to operate as a separate division. Brad Fitzpatrick, Danga's founder, president, and lead developer, will join Six Apart as the company's chief architect. The Danga staff will remain dedicated to LiveJournal and Six Apart expects the staff to grow as it invests in the service. LiveJournal will continue to distribute a large portion of its software under various open source licenses. Six Apart intends to invest in the LiveJournal software, which will remain separate from Six Apart's Movable Type and TypePad products, with dedicated engineering and support teams for each product.