Andy Peatling is a freelance web developer in Vancouver Canada. Chicspeak started the idea of Buddypress in beginning of 2007. Female college students to post journals online. Client requested social features, and afterwards Andy started to build these features as plugins you could drop in Wordpress MU. It was a side project, until Automatic employed Andy fulltime.
BuddyPress Components Version 1.0 RC-1: Extended Profiles Private Messaging Friends Groups The Wire Activity Streams Blogs