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Jay Adelson
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Jay Adelson

Title: Serial Entrepreneur

Jay Adelson is a serial entrepreneur known for his work founding and running companies such as Equinix, Digg, Revision3, and SimpleGeo. His work has had a profound impact on the development of the Internet itself, the development of social media and the new age of a prolific, ubiquitous and location-aware set of technologies. In 2008, Jay was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Currently, Jay serves on various boards as well as advises a number of companies. Most recently, Jay served as CEO of SimpleGeo, Inc. Jay sold the company in November, 2011 to Urban Airship. Jay is also known for having helped launch Digg, Inc. with Kevin Rose, serving as CEO and departing the company at its peak in April of 2010. During his tenure, Digg achieved the status of being the first company to crowd source news and media, with Digg buttons distributed across the Internet achieving billions of impressions a month. Digg popularized social media, developed new technologies for scaling it, and exposed the power of the crowd for numerous companies to follow in its footsteps. Additionally, in 2005, Jay founded and served as CEO of Revision3 Corporation, the first Internet-bsaed television network. He hired Jim Louderback to run Revision3 as CEO in June of 2007 and remained Chairman, finally selling the company to Discovery Communications in April, 2012. Previous to the rise of social media, Jay founded Equinix (EQIX) in 1998 with Al Avery. Equinix is now the largest datacenter company in the world and is responsible for maintaining the physical “Internet airports” that allow over 70% of the world’s Internet traffic to reach its final destination. Jay was responsible for the original and sustaining business model which lead to Equinix becoming a multi-billion dollar international company. During his seven years at Equinix, Jay provided technical leadership as Equinix's CTO, designing their products, datacenters, and leading research and development. On July 15, 2003, Jay testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research & Development, as part of an industry panel on "The Private Sector's Role in Keeping America's Cyberspace Secure."