Jason Illian

Jason Illian
Founder & CEO, Bookshout

Website | @jasonillian

Jason Illian is the Founder and CEO of Bookshout!, a dynamic e-book company which focuses on connecting people around books. Bookshout! empowers organizations and authors to build a following, stay connected, get data and do bulk digital buys.

With more than 12 years of technology and executive experience, Jason Illian is a visionary in the mobile and social new media space. Having raised over $35 million for new business ventures, Jason has a passion for taking great ideas and making them businesses. His strategic thinking has helped corporations, organizations, non-profits, churches, and leaders be more innovative. He is the former CEO of Big Jump Media (Godtube.com), a Christian video network that had over 4 million monthly users.

Jason is also a published author and nationally-renown speaker. Jason has presented at the Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference, the Credit Suisse Global Media and Communications Convergence Conference, and hundreds of other organizations. He has been featured on ABC, The New York Times, and done numerous radio interviews, from Mancow to Laura Ingraham. He has authored two published books, including a first-mover book called MySpace MyKids, which helped parents understand and navigate the world of social networks.

Jason graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a BBA in International Finance. He continued his education with TCU and the London School of Economics, held the distinguished honor of being named one of the top 20 students in America by USA Today, was a Rhodes scholar finalist, and was an NCAA Academic All-American while being captain of the TCU football team.

When Jason isn’t attempting to move mountains, he is spending time with his wife, Alisha and his three rambunctious kids, Reign, Sage, and Rogue. Although he rarely admits it in public, he is also the owner of a yippie, metrosexual Maltese dog named Sumo. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Sessions

Session
Location: Broadway Ballroom North
Moderated by:
Kristen McLean (Bookigee)
Panelists:
Mitchell Davis (BiblioLabs), Angela D'Agostino (Proquest), Jason Illian (Bookshout)
This panel will examine the hidden (and not so hidden) structural issues that can make or break a startup in the publishing space—everything from chaotic and expensive data, to mis-targeting customers, industry bias, rights issues, unimaginative gatekeepers, friction from entrenched interests and more—and how to thread the needle to get the best chance of success. Read more.

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