Jay Samit is a digital media innovator and pioneer in the music, video distribution, social media, and eCommerce space.


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.  The forner 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.

            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 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.  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.

            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.

His talk 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.

For Speaking Engagements & Appearances:

Chris Lee, President, CAL Entertainment chris@calentertainment.com 877-300-1888 x 101

Additional Honors and Awards

  • Appointed by the White House Initiative for Education & Technology & named Director of the non-profit National Education Technology Initiative (NETI)
  • IBM Book of the Month
  • Amazon Book of the Month
  • Technical Services Industry TSIA Star Award
  • TV Connect Award
  • CableFax Tech Award
  • CSI Award
  • METAL Man of the Year
  • Mobile Excellence Awards – Mobile Ambassador 2014
  • Appster Awards Best App Technology
  • Tabby Award winner for best social Tablet App
  • Social Media Influencer Pewter Owl Award
  • OMMA Award -Online Advertising Creativity
  • Hive Award
  • Think Social Award Paley Center For Media
  • Synergy Award Presented by Sony Board for unequalled work across divisions
  • PMA Gold Award for best Promotion of the Year (Concert in the Sky)
  • Gavin Record Label Executive of the Year 
  • RIAA Gold Record for Digital Internet Sales (first ever awarded)
  • Best of Show awards for Comdex (twice), CES, E3, Retailvision
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Lifetime Achievement Award (A CES top honor)

Industry Keynotes and Major Speeches


  • 3GSM
  • ACE Sao Paulo
  • Adobe Summit
  • AdTech
  • AdTech Tokyo
  • Advertising Pathfinder
  • AlwaysOn Conference
  • AppsWorld London
  • Artificial Intelligence Summit
  • Augmented World Expo
  • BAFTA Summit
  • Boys & Girls Club Teen Summit
  • Broadband TVcon
  • C Suite Conference
  • CA/NV Credit Union League
  • Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum
  • California Law Enforcement Training Conference
  • California State of the State Conference
  • Casbaa Convention Hong Kong
  • CES
  • Chain Port
  • City National Bank Retreat
  • City Summit
  • CMW Experience Toronto
  • Cognitive Cloud Series
  • Coin Agenda
  • Colliers International Real Estate Capital Summit Miami
  • Comdex
  • Content Show
  • CSULB Commencement
  • CTIA
  • CX Disrupted
  • Da Vinci Symposium Singapore
  • Deloitte Conference
  • Deloitte Canada
  • Deloitte Oil & Gas Conference
  • DigiDay
  • Digital Entertainment Conference
  • Digital Entertainment World
  • Digital Hollywood
  • Digital Media Summit
  • Disney Data & Analytics Conference
  • Disrupt the Bay
  • Docusign Momentum
  • E3
  • Edutech
  • Emerging Media Workshop
  • EO Global
  • FICCI Frames Mumbai
  • Film & TV Music Conference
  • Finovate
  • Food Bam
  • Fund Conference
  • Future of Banking
  • Future of Television
  • Future Sounds London
  • Gavin Conference
  • Herring on Hollywood
  • IBC Amsterdam
  • IBM Cloud Conference
  • ICO Summit
  • IFA Berlin
  • IFPI Conference London
  • iGlobal Forum
  • iHollywood Forum
  • iMedia
  • IMEX Las Vegas
  • Indie Entertainment Summit
  • International Media Convention Berlin
  • Innovation Coast Conference
  • Innouvo Boston Conference
  • INSPER Brazil
  • IPTV World Forum
  • ISM Lithuania
  • Jupiter Plug.in
  • Kaunas University
  • Knowledge Summit Dubai
  • LEAP Conference
  • LeVRage
  • Los Angeles Innovation Summit
  • Mastermind Bangkok
  • MB5 Conference
  • Meeting Professionals International
  • Merrill Lynch Media
  • METal International
  • Microsoft Global Sales Training
  • Midem France
  • Milken Institute Global Conference
  • Mixergy
  • Mobile Entertainment Forum
  • Mobile Media Summit
  • Mobile World Congress Americas
  • Mobile World Congress Barcelona
  • MTV Billboard Asia Conference
  • Music Biz Conference
  • Music & Money Symposium
  • NAB
  • Next TV Summit
  • Nexus Conference
  • Noble Conference
  • NRF Protect
  • NXT Comm
  • OMMA Social
  • OnHollywood
  • OnMedia
  • Open Innovations Moscow
  • Open Source Summit
  • Oracle Mexico
  • Over the Top Executive Summit
  • Paid Content Entertainment Conference
  • Pivot Conference
  • Power Transmission Distributors Association Industry Summit
  • PPAI Leadership Conference
  • PRIMIR Insights Conference
  • Provisors
  • RDK Conference
  • Reach Conference
  • Real Estate Private Equity Summit
  • Replitech
  • Retailvision
  • Semana Nacional del Emprendedor
  • Seoul Digital Forum
  • Siemer Silicon Beach Summit
  • Signal Series
  • Silicon Valley Innovation Summit
  • Singularity Global Summit
  • Society of American Business Editors & Writers
  • South Start Adelaide
  • Special Olympics World Games
  • StartCon Sydney
  • StartEngine ICO 2.0
  • SXSW
  • Tai Lopez Mastermind
  • TD Bank Analytics Summit
  • TEDxAugusta
  • Television Academy Soirée
  • Tenerife TLP Innova
  • TiE Inflects
  • Toronto Greenhouse
  • TV of Tomorrow Show
  • Variety Entertainment & Technology Summit
  • Visa Invents
  • VOD Congress
  • Warner Media Retreat
  • Webnoize
  • Yes Group 

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