Jay Samit: Best-Selling Author of "Disrupt You!"

My NativeAdVantage: Author of bestselling business book DISRUPT YOU!


JAY SAMIT has been described by Wired magazine as “having the coolest job in the industry.” He is a leading technology innovator who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for startups; sold companies to Fortune 500 firms; taken companies public; and partnered with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Coca Cola, McDonald’s, General Motors, United Airlines, Microsoft, Apple, Verizon, and Facebook. Samit is CEO of SeaChange International, a leading global multi-screen video software company. He was a senior advisor to LinkedIn and was appointed to the White House Initiative for Education and Technology by President Bill Clinton. An adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, Samit is the host of the Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year series.

What do you do best?

Disrupt industries by creating, growing and advising breakthrough companies. 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 entrepreneurs and business leaders must anticipate change to create opportunities for professional success and personal satisfaction. In Disrupt You!, 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 products and grow established businesses throughout his career.

What makes you the best?

I have worked with dozens of startups, built, ran, and sold, billion dollar companies. I have been at the helm of businesses in the ecommerce, digital video, social media, mobile communications, and software industries, helping to navigate them through turbulent economic times and guide them through necessary transformation so that they stay ahead of the curve and profitable.

How will you become the best?

By seeking out life's challenges and disrupting the status quo

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

To pay it forward for the next generation of entrepreneurs and make their journey more productive.

What fascinates you?

Mastering personal transformation, seizing opportunity and learning to thrive in this era of endless innovation.

Favorite Motto?

There are two types of people: those who look for opportunity and those who make it.

Favorite People?

Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs see every obstacle in life as an opportunity to help others and create positive change.

Favorite Places?

Anywhere with a whiteboard and innovative minds.

Favorite Products?

The audio version of DISRUPT YOU! I personally spent the time in the studio to record over 300 pages.

Current Passions?

Speaking around the globe about the power of disruption.