Jared Smith — WCSLC Speaker Profile

Jared SmithJared gets paid to make the world a better place. No, really, his job is to give money and resources and time to open source communities. “It’s the best job in the world!”

Jared’s been using WordPress for so long he doesn’t remember when he first discovered it. He loves how easy it is for newcomers to get started and build a fantastic website in very little time.

Economic Impact of Open Source on Small BusinessJared will be speaking about the WordPress economy. “I want people to understand just how important WordPress is — and what an impact it’s made on the economy for small businesses across the country,” he says. He will be sharing some of the findings of a research paper recently published with O’Reilly Media on the economic impact of open source.

When he’s not saving the world, Jared likes to read, do programming and hike in Shenandoah National Park. He says he’s also really gotten into photography this year. His favorite jazz musician is John Coltrane, but that’s not what he listens to most of the time.