About JD Lasica

Entrepreneur, strategist, technologist, writer

J.D. Lasica is an entrepreneur, author, journalist and new media thought leader who is considered one of the world’s leading experts in social media. He spoke at the United Nations in 2012 about how to use social media to combat global poverty, and he’s 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 national social media consultancy that provides social business services to brand clients.

• He also founded Socialbrite, a social media consultancy and learning hub for the nonprofit sector.

• His acclaimed book Darknet (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) explored emerging media, and he wrote three downloadable books for the Aspen Institute.

• He co-founded Ourmedia.org, the first free video hosting and sharing site, in March 2005, six weeks before YouTube debuted. A prolific blogger since May 2001, he still blogs at Socialmedia.biz.



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  • United Nations
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Harvard’s Berkman Center
  • Stanford University
  • MIT
  • Institute for the Future
  • Participatory Academy, Sweden
  • International Citizen Reporters’ Forum, Seoul
  • SXSW Interactive (3 times)
  • Digital Hollywood
  • see full list of appearances


  • Aspen Institute (3 roundtables)
  • Intel Advisors
  • Tech for Engagement, MIT (2012)
  • 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-founder, Social Media Breakfast – East Bay
  • Presenter, CharityHowTo
  • Fellow, Center for Social Media
  • Alumnus, Squaw Valley Community of Writers
  • Advisor, Center for Citizen Media
  • see full list of affiliations

Balloons - Flickr photo by D Sharon Pruitt


  • 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 (2013)
  • 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)
  • MSNBC (on-air appearance)
  • PBS.org/Newshour
  • Washington Post
  • Business Week
  • Associated Press
  • Le Monde
  • Foreign Policy Magazine
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • LA Times
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Bloomberg Radio
  • La Nación (Argentina)
  • countless blogs & podcasts

Traveling Geeks

In a previous life

  • An editor at the Sacramento Bee
  • Editor, groundbreaking We Media report (2003)
  • Columnist, Online Journalism Review
  • Columnist, American Journalism Review magazine
  • Senior management at 3 Silicon Valley/Bay Area startups
  • Articles have appeared in Salon, Industry Standard, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Seattle Times, Harvard’s Nieman Reports, Legal Affairs, Skeptical Inquirer, many others.