Past Meetup

Unlock the Secrets of WordPress - Powering 23% of the Internet

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Are you looking to take your Website to the next level? Have you heard of WordPress but are unsure of how you can leverage its power?

The big stat: WordPress powers more than 23% of the Internet's websites.

So why choose WordPress?

Options and flexibility.

There are 90,000 developers that support WordPress, over 29,000 WordPress plugins and more than 10,000 WordPress themes.

You will never have a hard time finding a developer or a solution for your problem.

More than that, WordPress isn't just websites, blogs or themes.

You can create custom software-based web solutions with WordPress, which can be leveraged as a business development tool to solve problems many entrepreneurs and businesses encounter. WordPress is a tool that increases efficiencies and productivity through automation via websites!

And troubleshooting and support is a website away.

On April 8th we will have pioneers in the WordPress community who have been defining the standard for WordPress blogs, plugins, and theme development along with WordPress support, custom web app solutions and so much more.

Justin Esgar, CEO of Autriv Software Development
Alex Miranda, director of SEO at MarkNet Group Inc.
Gina Nieves, founder of MarkNet Group Inc.
Charlie Patel, founder and CTO of JuiceTank
Scott Taylor, senior software engineer, New York Times

Event is co-sponsored with McCarter & English (

6:00-6:45 p.m. Networking with pizza
6:45-7:00 p.m. Welcome and 1-minute pitches from the audience
7:00-8:30 p.m. Panel discussion with audience Q&A

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Speaker bios:

Justin Esgar ( was born with an iPad in one hand and a patent list in the other. Successful serial entrepreneur, certified Apple consultant and software developer, Justin revels in making life better for everyone through technological innovation. He empowers businesses, organizations and individuals with his wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as an ongoing commitment to a tech-driven greener earth. His best-selling apps include SignMyPad, the paperless PDF signature solution, and TruckFood, the cult-favorite tracking tool for food trucks across the nation. Blogger, podcaster [ ] and speaker at many national tech events, Justin spends his free time cooking up new ideas...and food for his wife. On Twitter: @JustinEsgar (

Alex Miranda has been specializing in SEO since 1998. He is the director of SEO at MarkNet Group Inc (, a New York-based, full-service web design, web development and online marketing agency. Alex is a Certified Google Adwords professional, Google partner and an expert in WordPress SEO. He is a highly sought after WordPress SEO specialist, advisor, trainer and speaker, who has spoken at universities, WordCamps, conferences and corporate workshops. Alex holds a popular monthly WordPress SEO training for clients who want to master their WordPress SEO at MarkNet Academy ( His “Google Loves WordPress” presentation was voted at WordCamp NYC 2012 as ‘Top 10’ by Most recently he was the featured SEO speaker at WordCamp CT. Always staying on top of everything related to WordPress, he is the assistant organizer of the Hudson Valley & the Westchester WordPress meetup group. At MarkNet Group, Alex works with business ranging from large corporations to small businesses who want an online digital marketing presence. Alex is also the former editor-in-Chief at PRUnderground, a social media press release agency in NYC which runs on WordPress. You can view many of his WordPress presentations on Slideshare. ( can also read his blogs about WordPress here. ( Twitter: @mralexmiranda

A Montclair State University graduate, Gina Nieves ( the founder of MarkNet Group ( Since its founding, Gina has overseen the design of more than 700 websites and digital marketing campaigns that have generated millions in sales. She is known for increasing clients' sales and having a discerning eye for design and attention to detail. She is passionate about helping her clients and turning them into raving fans. From creative design to digital marketing, and developing high converting web pages, Gina is dedicated to her clients. Prior to founding MarkNet Group, Gina was a marketing consultant for Fortune 100 companies, including American Express, Verizon, GTE, and Citigroup. Gina is also a sought after public speaker at nationwide conferences and seminars. When she is not working, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family, playing piano and chess. On Twitter: @MarkNetGroup (

Charlie Patel ( a serial entrepreneur recently listed in "The Hot 30 Movers and Shakers of New York City's Startup Scene." He has 14 years of experience straddling business and technology and is the founder and CTO of JuiceTank (, a startup incubator and coworking space in New Jersey. He serves as an advisor to several startups and small businesses on technology, business growth and marketing. Charlie is sought after to advise and develop large WordPress sites and has extensive experience with online newspapers and magazines. He is the organizer of NJ Entrepreneurs & Startups Meetup ( co-organizer of All Things Marketing Meetup (, and the man behind the NJ Startup Digest ( Charlie owns several companies such as:
JuiceTank ( a NJ-based startup incubator and coworking space
99Robots ( - a digital marketing and development agency
Gabfire Themes ( a popular WordPress theme shop ( a WordPress blog and plugin dev shop
On Twitter: @CharliePatel (

Scott Taylor ( is a senior software engineer at The New York Times ( and a core developer of WordPress. He is also a musician and lover of gourmet Mexican food. Before the Times, he was the lead PHP developer at eMusic. Scott has spoken at many WordPress conferences and has written the code for many of the key features in the last several releases of WordPress. On Twitter: @wonderboymusic (