WCN14 Podcast: Paul Schatzkin Shares His Nashville Story

Paul Schatzkin, a long-time member of Nashville’s digital tech community, attended WordCamp in May 2014 to learn new WordPress tricks, as well as to show support for keynote speaker, Kate O’Neill, whom he first met at BarCamp in the summer of 2007. He recalls Nashville’s BarCamp“un-conference” as among the first to emerge in the tech startup community, and Schatzkin’s been involved in a number of Nashville tech-related events since then.

Schatzkin’s journey to Nashville began on Valentine’s Day in 1994, when he moved from Los Angeles after an earthquake. A year later, he started selling music on the Internet, a word so new at the time that he often had to explain what the Internet was.

Four years later, Schatzkin sold his company. He next appeared on the digital scene at BarCamp in 2007, which was about the same time he switched from Windows to Mac. He owns Cohesion Arts, a company involved in photography, music, multimedia, and entertainment. He was the photographer for BarCamp last year, and he took photos for PodCamp in 2014 as well.

Schatzkin has been an avid WordPress user for the past five years. As an early adopter, he initially used Typepad to blog, but then shifted almost all of his sites to WordPress.

Living in Nashville for the past twenty years, Schatzkin has seen how the digital tech industry has evolved from a highly analog culture to a thriving, entrepreneurial ecosystem backed by solid support from the tech community. For the last five years, he has both witnessed and helped drive the growth of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nashville.

Learn more about Paul Schatzkin and check out his photo gallery at www.cohesionarts.com.

This interview was provided by TechnologyAdvice, an Inc. 5000 company that connects buyers and sellers of business technology through meaningful relationships. Interview conducted by Clark Buckner.