Introducing our First Speaker for WordCamp Mumbai 2017 – Nagesh Pai.
Nagesh traces his journey in Digital Media and WordPress which began with his community “Radio” website back in 2007. This multimedia site carried audio and video content related to the culture and works of Gaud Saraswats (GSBs) community to which he belongs.
The project began with zero investment and gave all the lessons in blogging, site analytics, remote team and content management and social media marketing. The success of the website as a community medium was widely covered by mainstream media including DNA, New Indian Express and CNN IBN prime time among the national media, and many more local publications too in about a year of it going live.
The overall experience added weight to Nagesh’s resume and gave good career breaks in digital media. Eventually, WordPress and all the knowledge gained became the basis of his freelance venture after a successful spell of corporate jobs.
By using WordPress.com and WordPress.org , Nagesh believes there are remarkable possibilities for anyone to build his or her own medium, and his career too! All this considering the following facts:
- The community radio site began with Zero investment and then grew gradually to a better platform seamlessly when we had a bit of money
- The site began with zero knowledge of programming.
- The site grew along with the user’s gradual growth in awareness and knowledge of WordPress.org.
Nagesh hopes his story will help users create their own site beginning with the free WordPress.com platform if necessary, and then grow towards a self-hosted WordPress website when they gain enough experience running the site.
Apart from the joy of building their own site, this exercise can help build a self-employed career or a dream job where today digital media skills are in much demand.
About Nagesh Pai
Nagesh Pai currently works as a Happiness Engineer for WordPress.com with Automattic Inc. He joined the company in January 2017.
Prior to that he had his own freelance venture – CoreGray through which he made WordPress based websites for small and non-profits business. Before CoreGray, Nagesh worked with reputed corporates in the area of Digital Media and Marketing with employers including HDFC Bank, SBI Mutual Fund, Mindshare Fulcrum, IDG Media. After a successful 4 year of freelancing, Nagesh decided to go back to the roots by joining Automattic.
You can tweet him @nagpai