Jason Illian is the founder and CEO of BookShout (and RethinkBooks.com), a next generation e-reading platform that empowers content creators and connects brands, organizations, and corporations around books. BookShout has partnered with over 1000 publishers and works on iOS, Android, the web, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD/HD+.
Jason has more than 12 years of technology and executive experience in the mobile and social new media space. Having raised over $40 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 also the former CEO of Big Jump Media (GodTube.com and tangle.com), a Christian video network that had over 4 million monthly users during his tenure.
Jason is also a published author and nationally-renowned 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. He was also a contestant on TV's "The Bachelorette". He lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife Alisha and his three kids.