Kinsta Kingpin: Interview with Ionut Neagu

Updated on June 05, 2017

vYou can find Ionut on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series.

Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?

I have a software engineer background, however, I have learned along the way that I have other passions and skills, so I have used my freelancing income as a developer to start my entrepreneurial journey. I got involved seriously with WordPress after we got good rankings for “PSD to WordPress”, I was doing things before like creating some blogs, however not that serious.

Q2: What should readers know about all the stuff you’re doing in WordPress these days?

I spend most of my time nowadays mostly thinking/brainstorming about WordPress and not doing much else, sometimes I am writing about WordPress on codeinwp.com/blog/ or fixing small bits of code on our free themes at Themeisle.

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Q3: What challenges did you face in getting to where you are now professionally?

Being extremely curious means that I also have a problem with learning things from others, I mean most of the time I prefer to experiment with things and do them as I think, this often means that I do lots of mistakes which put me in front of different challenges. One of the biggest challenges for me was to start generating some “product sales income,” once you reach a certain level of recurring revenue, it gives you a lot of mental freedom to build things.

Q4: Has anything surprised you while coming up in the WordPress world?

I learned a lot about empathy, privacy, and communication, coming from a marketing/SEO world where people are mostly bragging only about how much money they made, it was a bit shocking and hard to for me to adapt, however, it’s a world where I feel more comfortable.

Q5: What does the future look like for you in the WordPress world?

The biggest learning for me is how communities works, I am not sure for me personally what the future will bring in relation with the WP community, however, I am sure that I will continue to be part of such open-source communities for while.

Q6: What do you look for in a WordPress host?

I think the most important aspects is commitment, I mean for me a hosting company is like a doctor, I don’t want it to do experiments or to fail, in other words, I would like to understand how important each website is.

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Q7: What do you enjoy doing when you’re away from your laptop?

I like swimming, walking and traveling, so I am trying to find enough time for all of them, I am still trying to learn how I can better disconnect from my work when I am away, which I find it quite hard sometimes.

Q8: Whom should we interview next & why?

I always like reading Syed insights and I am sure your readers will also enjoy, due to his vast amount of knowledge and understanding.

This article was written by Brian Jackson
Brian focuses on our inbound marketing efforts; everything from developing new online growth strategies, content creation, technical SEO, and outreach within the WordPress community. He has a huge passion for WordPress, has been using it for 8+ years, and even develops a couple premium plugins. Brian enjoys blogging, movies, bike rides, and flipping websites.

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