Jay Samit: Disruptive Visionary on Innovation and Transforming Industries Worldwide

International bestselling author Jay Samit, is a dynamic entrepreneur and intrepreneur who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation.

Described by Wired magazine as “having the coolest job in the industry,” he raises hundreds of millions of dollars for startups, advises Fortune 500 firms, transforms entire industries, revamps government institutions, and for three decades continues to be at the forefront of global trends. Everyone from the Pope to the President calls on Samit to orchestrate positive change in this era of endless innovation.

Despite the constantly changing tides of the media industry, Jay Samit has been at the forefront of global trends for over three decades. He has been an intrapreneur and entrepreneur and excelled at both.

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Currently the Independent Vice Chairman of Deloitte Consulting LLP, Samit is a former NASDAQ company CEO who helped grow pre-IPO companies such as LinkedIn, held senior management roles at EMI, Sony and Universal Studios, pioneered breakthrough advancements in mobile video, internet advertising, ecommerce, social networks, digital music and augmented reality that are used by billions of consumers every day.

Combining innovation with commercial success, Samit is the consummate dealmaker; his list of partners and associates reads like a who’s who list of innovators, including: Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Steve Jobs, Reid Hoffman, David Geffen, Richard Branson, Paul Allen, and Pierre Omidyar. A proven trend spotter, Samit accurately predicts the future because he is constantly working with those who create it.

Guru for the entire industry.


An adjunct professor at USC, Samit teaches innovation at America’s largest engineering school and is author of Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation (MacMillan 2015) which is available in eight languages. His column on exponential technologies (artificial intelligence, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, Blockchain, etc.) is published bi-weekly in Fortune and he recently hosted the documentary series Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year.

Samit frequently appears on ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC and tweets daily motivation to the over 100,000 business professionals who follow him on twitter @jaysamit. An expert on transformational corporate change, Samit has been quoted in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Businessweek, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Variety, Fast Company and TechCrunch.

Samit, who has been at the helm of many digital watersheds, from negotiating with Steve Jobs over iTunes, to having the original leader in college social networks is optimistic that user attention will be a valuable enough currency to pay for more than just entertainment.

Fast Company

Samit is a sought after keynote speaker, who combines his bold vision and humor, to motivate audiences to become change agents within their organizations. Samit gets people passionate about innovation, overcoming obstacles, and teaches them how to think bigger.

Jay Samit motivates and delights crowds from Moscow to Mumbai, London to Las Vegas, Phoenix to Philadelphia, Berlin to Beverly Hills, Toronto to Tokyo, Denver to Detroit, and Seoul to San Francisco, with compelling keynotes that leave them wanting more. Samit provides disruptive solutions for such corporate clients as Adobe, American Express, AT&T, Best Buy, Clinique, Coca Cola, Disney, Ford, GE, IBM, Intel, LinkedIn, McDonalds, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Starbucks, Unilever, Visa, Zynga and dozens more.

Samit implemented a profitable global digital e-commerce strategy for Sony, creating a new division that launched what became the seventh largest e-commerce site in the world.

Bloomberg Business Week

An active philanthropist, Samit was appointed to the White House’s initiative for education and technology by President Bill Clinton where he helped gain Internet access for the nation’s schools. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of UCLA and Presidential Fellow.

Samit is a member of the Writers Guild of America and a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Samit worked his way through school as a magician and is still a performing member of the Magic Castle (Academy of Magical Arts) in Hollywood. He is the proud father of two sons who are magicians in their own right.

The coolest job in the industry.


Broke critical ground by acknowledging the power of digital.


An outsider…with experience untangling technological and legal knots.

New York Times

Unusual among Hollywood executives, (Samit) has worked on both sides of the digital divide.

The Economist

Known as a visionary across industries.


Jay’s ‘sweet spot’ is disrupting industries with digital innovation.

Voice of America

A new media guru and Internet pioneer, Jay Samit is considered the godfather of Siliwood (the intersection of Silicon Valley and Hollywood).

Economic Times

The word genius isn’t adequate to define Jay. He has spent the past 25 years pioneering new forms of film, video and music production and marketing.

Los Angeles Business Journal

Online Czar.

Daily Variety

Jay is a leading Hollywood digital media technology executive. Jay built the first million-member social network for Universal, and has led the creation of over 300 consumer software titles while developing technology for Microsoft, Apple, Intel and IBM. Jay led the White House’s initiative for Education and Technology, and has created global charitable projects aired on NBC and MTV.

Tech Crunch

Jay Samit is CEO of the internet’s largest engagement advertising platform. (He) reaches more than 662 million hyper-connected social-media users each month across leading digital, social and mobile properties.

Ad Age

Music-industry wit at its most incisive.


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