Jay Samit

Pioneer, Innovator, Serial Disruptor, Futurist, Business strategist

International Bestselling Author of "Disrupt You!"

"A leading technology innovator who has transformed entire industries with his signature style of disruption" - Yahoo! Finance

“Despite the constantly changing tides of the media industry, Jay Samithas been at the forefront of global trends for over three decades. He has been an intrapreneur and entrepreneur and excelled at both.” —Wall Street Journal

“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

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, sells companies to Fortune 500 firms, transforms entire industries, revamps government institutions, and for three decades continues to be at the forefront of global trends.

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Everyone from the Pope to the President calls on Samit to orchestrate positive change in this era of endless innovation. A former NASDAQ company CEO and Independent Vice Chairman of Deloitte, Samit 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, ebooks, and digital music 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.

An adjunct professor at USC, Samit teaches innovation at America’s largest engineering school and is author of the best-selling book Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation (published in eight languages). His column on exponential technologies (Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, autonomous vehicles, etc.) is published by Fortune and he hosts 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 is a change agent, who combines his bold vision and humor, to motivate listeners to become disruptors within their organizations. Samit gets people passionate about innovation, overcoming obstacles, and teaches them how to think bigger and embrace change. Samit motivates and delights audiences from Moscow to Mumbai, London to Las Vegas, Phoenix to Philadelphia, Berlin to Beverly Hills, Toronto to Tokyo, Seoul to San Francisco, with compelling keynotes that leave the crowd 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.

His keynote It’s Time to Disrupt You! is a high energy presentation on how to create and embrace change in any field. Designed to be as entertaining and inspiring as it is informative, Samit customizes each presentation to highlight the sales, marketing, and leadership goals of the audience before him. Samit delivers a speech that stays with the audience long after the conference has ended.


Disrupt You! – Strategies for Billion Dollar Success in this Era of Endless Innovation
In today’s ever-changing and often-volatile business landscape, adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever. It is no longer possible—or even desirable—to learn one set of job skills and work your way up the ladder. Rather, today’s business leaders must anticipate change to create opportunities for professional success and personal satisfaction. In Disrupt You!, Samit shows how the strategies that help the world’s fastest growing companies flourish can be applied at an individual level. By challenging assumptions, pinpointing one’s unique value, and identifying weaknesses in the structure of current industries, anyone can achieve success and prosperity.


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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and the future of Banking
An early proponent of cryptocurrencies, Samit has been speaking about and working with Blockchain technology since 2013.  The former independent Vice Chairman of Deloitte, Samit has worked on Blockchain projects for financial services, digital supply chain, retail, security, medical, and real estate, impacting millions of citizens around the globe (Goldman Sachs estimated that one fintech Blockchain project has already saved its banking clients over $12 billion). Samit has advised the European Union and US regulators on Blockchain matters and has spoken at major financial services conferences in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.  His keynote Banking Disrupted is a thought provoking look at the near-future and the impact Blockchain and other technology solutions will have on how we work, live and thrive.

Artificial Intelligence and Automation
Algorithms already determine the majority of information we consume, products we buy, and entertainment we watch. According to Oxford University, as Artificial Intelligence agents such as Siri, Alexa and Cortana get exponentially smarter and automation eliminates nearly half of all jobs globally during the next decade, AI will disrupt most aspects of society.  Should humans fear robots replacing us or embrace the coming singularity? As the independent Vice Chairman of Deloitte, Samit and his team worked across a wide range of industries applying AI, robotics, IoT, and deep learning to not only  improve efficiencies, but to innovate whole new services and products enhancing how we live work, and play.  From self-driving cars to virtual reality enhanced surgery and bioinformatics, Samit incorporates his experience into Exponentials Disrupted – an entertaining and inspiring look at our future and what we can do today to thrive tomorrow. Executive Chairman of Singularity University Peter Diamandis describes Samit’s advice as invaluable for anyone who wants to “solve big problems, and thrive in today’s rapidly changing, constantly innovating world.” This speech will stay with audiences long after the conference has ended.

Sales Growth in the Age of Big Data
As Samit wrote in his internationally bestselling book, “the only competitive advantage a company has in the 21st century is its ability to gain insights from its data faster than the competition.” As the independent Vice Chairman of Deloitte, Samit and his team worked with the world’s leading corporations to show them how to use analytics, deep learning, data visualization, and real-time supply chain information to gain a competitive edge.  With most organizations analyzing less than one percent of their data, Samit’s presentation Sales Data Disrupted provides both large and small companies with five clear and effective techniques for increasing sales and innovative new products.  Today’s sales leaders will learn how to think beyond their experience and integrate real-time data into every aspect of their organization. Packed with entertaining and eye-opening real world case studies from retail, hospitality, manufacturing, travel, and consumer packaged goods, Samit’s speech how data can be the best teammate any non-techy ever had.  Samit will even share how he leveraged data to turn-around a failed startup to a $200 million exit in less than 18 months. As motivating as it is informative, Samit customized his presentation to highlight the sales, marketing, and leadership goals of each conference audience. Having helped clients ranging from Coca Cola to Warner Bros, McDonalds to Visa, it’s no wonder CNBC labeled Samit as a “visionary across industries.”

Disrupt You! Master Class Full Day Workshop: How to Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation
Intensive workshop to teach business leaders and professionals how to master transformation, seize opportunity & thrive in this era of endless innovation.

In this master class, How to Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation, Jay Samit, a digital media expert who has launched, grown, and sold start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike, describes the unique method he has used to invent new markets and expand established businesses. Samit teaches the disruptive techniques he used to effect positive change in such companies as Coca Cola, McDonalds, Microsoft, Ford, Verizon, Apple, P&G and dozens of other global corporations. This engaging, perspective-shifting presentation will demystify the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike.

You will learn: How personal transformation can reap entrepreneurial and professional rewards.  Clear and empowering advice for anyone looking to break through with a big idea, but with no idea how to apply it.  Five specific strategies that can be applied to help anyone or any organization, achieve success and lasting prosperity.  Three techniques to anticipate disruptions and stay at the forefront of coming trends. The 10 trends that will alter the global economy the most and how to profit from these disruptions  All participants will leave with elevated creative confidence, practical ideation skills and innovative mindsets embolded to overcome any market challenges.

How does a Disrupt You! Master Class work? A Disrupt You! Master Class is an interactive conversation, where business experts are engaged in a dialogue with Jay Samit around their subject of expertise. Based on Samit’s course which is taught at one of America’s top universities, lectures, handouts and group exercises are all designed to impart tactical approaches to problem solving and explore the range of useful toolsets and methologies for creating disruptive innovation. In our master classes, questions are encouraged and listeners are guaranteed to come away with clear business principles they can apply to their own company and career.

Training sessions are customized to each group’s needs and are specifically curated to impart knowledge and tools that are both relevant and applicable after the workshop has finished. Participants of our workshops leave energized with great reflective, analytical and productivity skills.

A curated experience that involves a mix of direct instruction, integrated thinking challenges and active workshop sessions. We use a unique method of facilitation that keeps participants actively engaged and cerebrally stimulated, while laying the foundations for further self-initiated transformation.  Most of our workshops involve the transfer of hard and soft skills, from thinking frameworks to techniques for disruption mapping and discovery.


“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 intrepreneur and entrepreneur and excelled at both.”
– Wall Street Journal

Testimonial Wall Street Journal

“Broke critical ground by acknowledging the power of digital”
– Forbes

Testimonial Forbes

“Known as a visionary across industries”

Testimonial CNBC

“Unusual among Hollywood executives, (Samit) has worked on both sides of the digital divide”
– The Economist

Testimonial The Economist

“Samit implemented a profitable global digital ecommerce strategy for Sony, creating a new division that launched what became the seventh largest e-commerce site in the world”
– Bloomberg Businessweek

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“The coolest job in the industry”
– Wired

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

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“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

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“Jay is a visionary whose brilliance is easily disguised by his cool demeanor. He’s an innovative entrepreneur who creates trends rather than follow them.”
– Brian Deagon, Technology & Business Journalist at Investor’s Business Daily

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“Jay has excellent creativity and entrepreneurial instincts which allow him to see and execute against business opportunities in any environment. Combined with strong recruiting and organization development skills, Jay is able to lead his teams through very dynamic circumstances and deliver bottom line results.”
– Geoff Campbell,Vice President, Strategy & Development, DISH Digital

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“Jay is a true visionary and pioneer who took on the immense challenge of moving the music business into the digital age right at its tipping point.”
– Andria Tay, Walmart.com

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“One of the top 25 most influential people in LA’s Internet Industry.”
– Los Angeles Business Journal

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“Samit, an accomplished visionary executive, has pioneered notable advancements in music and video distribution, social media, and philanthropy over the past 25 years. He is known as a leading technology innovator who has transformed entire industries with his signature style of disruption and ability to manage hyper-growth companies. ”
– Herald Online

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“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

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“Guru for the entire industry”
– Variety

“An outsider…with experience untangling technological and legal knots”
– New York Times

Testimonial New York Times

“Jay Samit’s successful marketing strategies and innovations for Coca-Cola and McDonald’s have made him a media and communications magnate.”
– Wall Street Journal.com

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“One of the Smartest minds in Sillywood. Jay Samit is one of the world’s most successful digital media innovators. Throughout his career he has pioneered advancements in music and video distribution, social media and ecommerce.”
– Founder Institute

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“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

Testimonial Los Angeles Business Journal

“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.”
– TechCrunch

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“Samit’s aggressively playful style reflects his view that products must be fun to be marketable.”
– Los Angeles Times

Testimonial Los Angeles Times

“Jay pioneered the first video on computers, the first Internet auction, digital distribution of music, ebooks, and group video chat on mobile devices. Jay has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for startups, sold companies to Fortune 500 firms, and taken companies public. Jay’s “sweet spot” is disrupting industries with digital innovation.”
– VoiceAmerica

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“Jay’s awareness on how the always connected consumer will require personalized experiences sheds great light on how businesses need to create relevant experiences in the new digital economy. Jay is an experienced entrepreneur with extensive experience in digital and mobile businesses. We enjoyed his thought provoking discussion and would recommend him to any organization looking to better understand how mobile users can affect business.”
– John Beale, EVP & CIO City National Bank

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“Jay’s industry knowledge and ability to inspire young entrepreneurs is simply unparalleled. I had many ideas but lacked how to fundamentally go about executing them. Jay offered my team valuable constructive criticism and effectively taught through his experiences.”
– Chris Hovsepian, Partnerships Beats

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“Jay has the incredible gift of being able to spot a trend, and create a business plan around the capitalization on that trend. He understands the value and how to leverage strategic partners, alliances and contacts in all areas of business to exploit assets and drive value for all.” 
– Pamela Altman Sansbury, Alliance Enablement Director at KPMG

Testimonial KPMG

“Samit is known as a leading technology innovator who has transformed entire industries with his signature style of disruption and ability to manage hyper-growth companies.”
– Yahoo! Finance

Testimonial Yahoo! Finance


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