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BirthplaceDetroit, MI


Boston University 1992
Film and Broadcasting, Computer Science Concentration

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Conan Sorrano (creative commons licensed)

Jay Adelson

Currently, Jay serves on some boards as well as advises a number of companies.

In May, 2012, Jay sold Revision3 Corporation to Discovery Communications.

Most recently, Jay Adelson served as CEO of SimpleGeo, Inc. As Chief Executive, Jay was responsible for developing a business strategy and executing on the promise of location awareness services. The founders and board asked Jay to join to lead the company towards that end and if necessary, drive toward an acceptable exit. Jay sold the company in November, 2011 to Urban Airship.

Jay helped launch Digg, Inc. with Kevin Rose and provided business strategy to the company starting in October, 2004. He served as CEO beginning in early 2005 and officially assumed the role full time when he formally resigned from Equinix, Inc. in October, 2005.

In March of 2005, Jay founded and assumed the role of CEO of Revision3 Corporation. He hired Jim Louderback to run Revision3 as CEO in June of 2007 and remained Chairman.

Jay founded Equinix (EQIX) in 1998 with Al Avery. 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. Prior to Equinix, he was one of the founders of the PAIX in 1996, before its purchase by Switch and Data in 2003. In 1993, he was one of the first employees of Netcom (USA), where he built and ran network operations.

On July 15, 2003, he 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.”

In 2008, Jay was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Source: Jay Adelson on LinkedIn

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
August 2013Seed$2M11
XDN/3Crowd Technologies 12/2009Venture Round4
Chirp Interactive 1/2008Seed5



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