The President of 10up, Jake has been making websites since the mid 90’s, building solutions for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Navy, universities, and non-profits. His analyses have been quoted on high profile websites like c|net and the Winsupersite.

After fighting with clunky, commercial content management tools for years, Jake discovered WordPress in 2006 while managing the interactive division of a Newport, Rhode Island contractor. In 2009, during his employment as Technology Director at a Providence-based agency, he double downed on WordPress, releasing free plug-ins, diverting new projects to the platform, and engaging the community. Jake helped transform that agency from a 3-man team serving a niche, proprietary CMS to an open source software agency with more than 10 employees.

Photo courtesy the talented Megan Gray

Photo courtesy the talented Megan Gray

In February 2011, Jake founded 10up with a vision of a distributed, elite team that could build beautiful, easy to manage websites using open publishing platforms like WordPress. Opportunity kept knocking, and upon the company’s one year anniversary, 10up had blossomed into a remarkable 8 person team.

Now four and a half years in, 10up is pushing 115 full time employees: a collaboration of software programmers, designers, strategists, and systems engineers that inspire Jake every day. Jake feels privileged to serve customers like ESPN, NBC Universal, Google, Kate Spade, Time Inc, EMC, and the University of California, that challenge 10up to push boundaries and deliver outstanding results.

Jake has been a writer and expert reviewer for Smashing Magazine and taught WordPress plug-in development at Boston University. He has presented at dozens of conferences, including WordCamps in Chicago, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Miami as well as special events like CMS Expo. He helped organize the first WordCamp Boston in 2010, founded the WordPress Providence Meetup, and restarted the Sacramento WordPress Meetup. Jake is a core contributor to WordPress and maintains some of the highest rated, most downloaded plug-ins on the official repository.

Presenting at WordCamp Philly 2011

Presenting at WordCamp Philly 2011 – friend and coworker Helen Hou-Sandi sits in the background

When Jake isn’t building 10up or contributing to WordPress, he’s usually spending time with his beautiful wife in northern California. Jake tries to get back to his southern New England roots whenever he has the opportunity, and enjoys traveling around the country and, when time allows, the world. Jake loves a good movie, follows national politics, is a complete gadget-geek, and can sometimes be obsessive about productivity. He’s skeptical of trends and popularity, probably because he’s never been particularly trendy or popular, but usually comes around.

Jet skiing around Fiji a week after marrying Michele

Jet skiing around Fiji a week after marrying Michele