About JD Lasica

Entrepreneur, author, strategist & public speaker

J.D. Lasica is an entrepreneur, author, journalist and new media pioneer. He spoke at the United Nations in 2012 about how to use social media to combat global poverty, and he has given talks on four continents.

  • He is CEO and co-founder of Cruiseable, a startup out to bring innovation to the cruise industry.
  • JD founded Socialmedia.biz, a social media agency for brands, and Socialbrite, a social media consultancy and learning hub for nonprofits.
  • His acclaimed book Darknet (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) explored emerging media, and he wrote three books for the Aspen Institute.
  • He co-founded Ourmedia.org, the world’s first free video hosting and sharing site, in March 2005, six weeks before YouTube debuted.
  • As a columnist for several magazines, JD also wrote several early groundbreaking articles about citizen journalism.

JD's drone capture of Windstar Cruises' Wind Surf, March 2017.
Cruiseable: JD’s drone capture of Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf, March 2017.


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  • United Nations
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Harvard’s Berkman Center
  • Stanford University
  • MIT
  • Princeton University
  • Institute for the Future
  • Participatory Academy, Sweden
  • International Citizen Reporters’ Forum, Seoul
  • SXSW Interactive (3 times)
  • Digital Hollywood (3 times)
  • Digital Storytelling Festival
  • see full list of appearances
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  • Aspen Institute (3 roundtables)
  • Intel Advisors
  • Traveling Geeks, organizer
  • Tech for Engagement, MIT
  • Judge, HULT SF Prize competition
  • Macworld Faculty alumnus
  • Instructor, Poynter Institute’s News University
  • Instructor, Knight Digital Media Center
  • Contributor, Huffington Post
  • First guest blogger, Participant Media
  • Senior fellow, SNCR.org
  • Co-organizer, Internet Freedom international conference
  • Co-founder, Social Media Breakfast – East Bay
  • Presenter, CharityHowTo
  • Fellow, Center for Social Media
  • Alumnus, Squaw Valley Community of Writers
  • Advisor, Center for Citizen Media



  • Named one of Top 40 Silicon Valley influencers
  • Named to Top 100 Influencers in Social Media (#38)
  • Named one of CNET Top 100 Media Bloggers
  • Power Player in Technology Business Media, OnMobile
  • Creative Commons Commoner of Month
  • Open Media 100 (AlwaysOn)
  • Winner, Knight News Challenge

Quoted in news media

  • New York Times
  • NPR: All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation & On the Media (guest twice)
  • PBS.org’s Online NewsHour
  • Washington Post
  • Business Week
  • Associated Press
  • Minnesota Public Radio
  • Le Monde
  • Foreign Policy Magazine
  • MSNBC (on-air appearance)
  • “Attack of the Show” interview (2005)
  • LA Times
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Bloomberg Radio
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • La Nación (Argentina)
  • countless blogs & podcasts

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