[...] The growth of WordPress.com and Akismet has outpaced anyoneâ€™s expectations. Recently, I made the decision to sell a minority stake in the company to a few select partners who I think are going to bring a lot of value to the business far beyond mere dollars. This isnâ€™t going to change how the business is run, or the people involved with it, but it will allow us to take better advantage of the opportunities before us and also for us to keep our promise to every one of you to maintain a fast, stable, and innovative platform in the long term.
It also makes you think that, when you see a spoof announcement, you should perk up your eyes and ears and pay closer attention to a company as it may give you a clue about some thinking, if not intentions, that may materialize into something interesting.
Such as this.
[Edit 13/4] Good posts from two of those directly involved which explain who’s doing the backing and why: