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


Jay Alan Samit is a dynamic entrepreneur and intrepreneur who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on disruption and innovation.  He launches billion dollar businesses, transforms entire industries, revamps government institutions, and for over 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.  Samit helped grow pre-IPO companies such as Linkedin and eBay, held senior management roles at 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 internationally best-selling book Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation (available in seven languages including Chinese, Russian, Japanese and Korean). He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and host of its documentary series WSJ 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, The Economist, Businessweek, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Fast Company and TechCrunch.

Samit is a change agent, who combines his bold vision and humor, to motivate audiences 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 American Express, AT&T, Best Buy, Clinique, Coca Cola, Disney, Ford, GE, Intel, Linkedin, McDonalds, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble, Starbucks, Unilever, Zynga and dozens more.

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 and Appearances:
Chris Lee, President, CAL Entertainment
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)
  • 2015 IBM Book of the Month
  • 2015 Amazon Book of the Month
  • 2015 Technical Services Industry TSIA Star Award
  • 2015 TV Connect Award
  • 2015 CableFax Tech Award
  • 2015 CSI Award
  • 2014 METAL Man of the Year
  • 2013 Mobile Excellence Awards – Mobile Ambassador 2014
  • 2013 Appster Awards Best App Technology
  • 2013 Tabby Award winner for best social Tablet App
  • 2011 Social Media Influencer Pewter Owl Award
  • 2010 OMMA Award -Online Advertising Creativity
  • 2010 Hive Awards
  • 2009 Think Social Award Paley Center For Media
  • 2005 Synergy Award Presented by Sony Board for unequalled work across divisions
  • PMA 2004 Gold Award for best Promotion of the Year (Concert in the Sky)
  • Gavin Record Label Executive of the Year 2000
  • 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

  • AdTech Tokyo
  • Mobile World Congress
  • AppsWorld London
  • AdTech San Francisco
  • Pivot Conference
  • 3GSM
  • Asian Music Conference
  • Billboard Entertainment
  • Mobile Entertainment Forum
  • International Media Convention Berlin
  • iHollywood Forum
  • IFPI Annual Conference London
  • Digital Entertainment Conference
  • Film & TV Music Conference
  • Siemer Silicon Beach Summit
  • On Media
  • CES Las Vegas
  • Comdex
  • CTIA
  • DigiDay
  • Digital Entertainment Conference
  • Emerging Media Workshop
  • iMedia
  • Digital Hollywood
  • Mixergy
  • Signal Series
  • iGlobal Forum
  • Real Estate Private Equity Summit
  • FICCI Frames Mumbai
  • CMW Experience Toronto
  • E3
  • Edutech
  • Gavin Conference
  • MB5 Conference
  • Herring on Hollywood
  • IFPI Conference
  • TEDxAugusta
  • Jupiter Plug.in
  • Merrill Lynch Media
  • Paid Content Entertainment Conference
  • California State of the State Conference
  • MTV Billboard AMC Hong Kong
  • Midem France
  • Milken Global Conference
  • Colliers International Real Estate Capital Summit Miami
  • NAB
  • OnHollywood
  • Replitech
  • Society of American Business Editors & Writers
  • AlwaysOn
  • Mobile Media Summit
  • Variety’s Venture Capital & New Media Summit
  • OMMA Social
  • BAFTA Summit
  • Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum
  • Indie Entertainment Summit

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