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.
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, 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 book Disrupt You! Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation. 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, Variety, Fast Company and TechCrunch.Download Bio
DISRUPT YOU!Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation
Incorporating stories from his own experience and anecdotes from other innovators and disruptive businesses - including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, YouTube, Circ du Soleil, Odor Eaters, Iams, Silly Putty, and many more - Samit shows how personal transformation can reap entrepreneurial and professional rewards.
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"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."
-The 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."
"Embracing innovation has been a hallmark of Jay Samit's career...and that's the mindset all professionals should aspire to now. To successfully navigate today's professional landscape, you must understand the dynamics of disruption. As Jay teaches in this book, you can swim with the currents of change instead of against them. And when you do that, disruption can propel you toward new opportunities, new creative challenges, and prosperity."
-Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and author of The Start-Up Of You
"Disrupt You! solves the innovator's dilemma by teaching entrepreneurs how to think and how to achieve game-changing results. Samit combines powerful business insights with a practical step-by-step roadmap for success."
-Nolan Bushnell, founder Atari, Chuck E. Cheese, and Brainrush