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Jay Samit

Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

CEO, SeaChange International and Member Board of Directors, Equal Earth. Serial Disruptor, Author, connector.

CEO, SeaChange International and Member Board of Directors, Equal Earth. Serial Disruptor, Author, connector.

3 vouches

Involved In


Jasmine Multimedia Publishing


Equal Earth
LinkedIn Inc.
USC Stevens Institute for Innovation

Side Projects


Author Disrupt You! - Published 2015 July 2015 - present
CEO SeaChange International October 2014 - present
Member Board of Directors Equal Earth August 2014 - present
Adjunct Professor: USC Viterbi School of Engineering University of Southern California August 2011 - present
Executive Chairman July 2012 - July 2014
President ooVoo May 2011 - January 2013
CEO true[X] October 2009 - January 2011
Board Advisor SONICO January 2010 - December 2010
Senior Strategic Advisor LinkedIn May 2008 - December 2010
Advisory Board Member USC Stevens Institute for Innovation May 2007 - December 2010
Chairman Digital Containers January 2008 - December 2009
Executive Vice President & GM Sony July 2003 - July 2007
President Digital Distribution EMI 1999 - 2003
Senior Vice President & President of Joint Venture Division Universal Studios 1996 - 1999
President & Founder Jasmine Multimedia Publishing July 1982 - January 1996


University of California, Los Angeles 1978 - 1982

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Green
  • • Video

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

I like to advise those entrepreneurs that are open to learning and want to accelerate their success. I only mentor those startups where I feel my experience is relevant to their future growth. I have raised over $600 million for startups, taken companies public, and sold startups to Fortune 500 companies. My passion is disrupting markets. For more background read the book "Disrupt You!"

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I am straight forward and no BS. My job is make your idea FAIL as quickly as possible. Once you have a Zombie Idea (a big idea that can't be killed) then it is time to raise you the funds to scale. I don't expect you to know everything about business, but I do expect you to be passionate about your business. I have had the fortune to work with some of the most famous and successful entrepreneurs of the past 30 years. My goal is to speed your success.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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CJ Cornell
Edson New Venture Competition - Evaluator, Skysong / Arizona State University and Judge/Evaluator/Mentor, Cleantech Open.
Patrick Ford
Industry Consultant, Web and Mobile Development, UX/UI, Game Design. Previously Vice President Social and Mobile Games, Atari.
Jay has been a leader in interactive media for many years. I first met him in the early 90's when I was in the Multimedia Systems Group at ... Microsoft and he was CEO of Jasmine Multimedia Publishing. He has since gone on to serve as a top executive and advisor for both startups and fortune 500 companies.
Dr. Mark Goulston
CEO & Founder, Goulston Group, Chief Mentor & Principal, China Foundations, Author, HBR, Business Insider contributor, NPR co-host
Jay is an amazingly successful serial entrepreneur. He generously shares his experience with others in his best selling book, Disrupt You. ... He is also very clear on what works and what doesn't. If you're someone who can stand the truth to make you more successful, Jay is one of the best people to tell you it.

Jason Lawrence Nazar
Writer / Contributor, Forbes / WSJ / BusinessInsider and Creator & Host, Startups Uncensored. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.

Karen Allen
We worked together  •  Strategy and business development for digital entertainment startups.
Well respected

Phil Lelyveld
We worked together  •  Program Manager, USC Entertainment Technology Center (within the School of Cinematic Arts). Stanford grad. Tufts grad.
One of the few intellectuals out there.

Michael Arrieta
We worked together  •  CEO, Big Air Studios and Founder, Hole in One Digital Ventures. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
He continues to seek ways to solve problems.

Thomas Bonneau
We worked together  •  Marketing & Product. Previously ran marketing at startups. Currently working remote on product & marketing.
He has been through the startup lifecycle before