Rishi Kaneria

Creative Director, PGi

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The Creative Spark

Rishi Kaneria had an unusual path to becoming the Creative Director at PGi, the world’s largest dedicated provider of collaboration software and services. After helping a friend create an interactive experience with video production shortly after college, he quickly found his passion –merging technology and art.

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“I always knew I wanted to do something creative. Right around the time the web exploded, web design was really hot. I taught myself web design, 3D, flash… anything that had to do with interactive media.”

This love for developing the look and feel of the user experience on the Internet landed Kaneria a job at PGI where he continues to work on innovative solutions to enhance digital communication. Kaneria’s career has taken him all over the world, but he hasn’t found any place that compares to Atlanta.

“The biggest compliment I can give Atlanta is that I’ve had an opportunity to travel the world and I still choose to live here. I still feel like this is one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

As far as a place to develop creative talent, he considers Atlanta one of the best. “The creative folks in Atlanta can go toe-to-toe with people I’ve worked with around the world.” Kaneria also notes that Atlanta is the perfect location for those working in the film industry.

“I’ve always thought that Atlanta would make the perfect third point in the triangle between New York and LA. I have friends who work as stunt people and some who work in 3D. Having opportunities in the film industry here not only keeps my friends close, but also gives us a chance to interact with a different creative industry.”

With his unique approach to blending creativity and technology, Rishi Kaneria is the perfect example of the type of innovative minds that work together in Atlanta.

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