Today on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski talks with Jay Samit, president of ooVoo – the world’s largest provider of social video chat with 50 million registered users. Samit is a leading technology pioneer with over 25 years experience in digital media.
Prior to ooVoo, Jay Samit was CEO of SocialVibe, the largest social media technology platform, reaching over 600 million consumers around the world each month for such major brands as Proctor & Gamble, Kraft, Nestle, Toyota, Pepsi, Microsoft, Visa, and Disney. Samit has held global senior management positions at Universal, EMI, and Sony. As Executive Vice President of Sony, Samit implemented a profitable global digital ecommerce strategy for Sony and built a new division from scratch — making Sony the #7 largest ecommerce site in the world. As Global President of Digital Distribution & Development for EMI, he broke new ground for the music industry launching digital businesses in over 30 countries. As Senior Vice President of Universal, Samit built one of the first on-line million member social networks in the 1990s and sat on the Studio’s overall steering committee. He received 2011 Pewter Owl for Social Media, the 2010 OMMA Award for Best Online Advertising, the first Gold Record for digital from the RIAA, won gold from the PMA for producing Sheryl Crow’s Concert in the Sky, and won Gavin Executive of the Year in 2000.
Samit’s charity work ranges from the first Internet Charity Auction to Tsunami Aid (with NBC) and Concert for Hurricane Relief (with MTV).
Samit has produced over 100 video games garnering Best of Show awards at Comdex, CES, E3 and Retailvision. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samit was presented the Leonardo Da Vinci Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to digital media.
During President Clinton’s administration, as Director of the National Education Technology Initiative, Samit was charged with getting the Internet into America’s public schools by the White House. Samit is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of UCLA and an adjunct Professor at USC Viterbi School of Engineering.