Jenny Beaumont

I wanted to be a photographer, but one day over sushi and beer he said, 'Let’s start a web agency!' And everything changed.

The backstory

It all started around a table in a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco early in 1998. He was a Political Science major living in France. I had a degree in Journalism and Communication and was enrolled at the Condé School of Photography in the Fall, my heart set on becoming a professional photographer.

But that day over sushi and beer he said to me, “Let’s start a web agency!” And everything changed.

The web was booming in the US, but had yet to take off in France. I didn’t know much about web development at the time, but had been introduced to programming at an early age and working with computers was like second nature. Suddenly it clicked—the web was where my love of imagery and eye for the esthetic could come together with my knack for technology.

The idea thrilled me. I said, “Let’s do it!”

We called the agency Global Native and set up shop in Lyon. Our tagline: “Create Your Own World,” and that we did. In those two exhilarating years I learned what it took to run a company, be a business partner, an employer and about the process of designing and developing a website. Every project was an opportunity to immerse myself in something new: a new field, a new problem to solve, and new people to work with to make it all happen.

When Global Native closed its doors in late 2000, I set out on my own and have worked steadily as a freelancer ever since. Throughout the years, I’ve gained expertise in multiple aspects of the web industry, including design, animation, front-end development and project management.

Nowadays

I’m an active member of the WordPress community in France and abroad, co-organizer of WordCamp Paris and WordCamp Europe. I’ve also had the pleasure of speaking at a number of events, on subjects as varied as multilingual publishing and current trends in customizable products.

I’ll be taking the year 2016 off to think, to write, to rest and to explore how I might use the skills and experience I’ve gained over the years in new ways. Want to get in touch? Hit me up over on Twitter, or send me an email. You can also subscribe to my newsletter to get more of me right in your inbox.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I met the love of my life in 2006, and we are living happily ever after in the Norman countryside. You can get a peek at that life on Instagram from time to time.

Where to find me next

WordCamp US
Philadelphia, December 2-4, 2016

I've written/appeared elsewhere

Hold Steadfast and Make Change
24 Days of December, December 23, 2015
Growth in the French community
Post Status, June 23, 2015

Speaking engagements

I'm taking time off the speaking circuit in 2016, but hope to get back out there next year. Despite my recurring technical problems, I've shared a few things over the years and gotten great feedback. My next conference should probably be something about How Not to Have Technical Problems at a Conference.

WPTech Nantes 2015 (French)
PDFs à la volée avec TCPDF
WordCamp Lyon 2015 (French)
Maintenance Matters
WordCamp Paris 2015
A Mulitlingual Dialogue
w/ Caspar Hübinger

WordCamp Europe 2014
How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are on the Knife?
WordCamp Switzerland 2014
Case study: Custom Digital Downloads, an extension for WooCommerce
WordCamp Paris 2014 (French)
WPML, une extension pour vos sites multilingue