Jay Acunzo

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Jay Acunzo is waging war on conventional thinking. As a digital media strategist at Google, he was responsible for pushing marketing executives and practitioners more rapidly into the digital age in ways that benefitted both companies and careers. He held multiple leadership positions at high-growth tech startups, including Head of Content at HubSpot and Vice President of Brand and Community at the venture capital firm NextView Ventures. On the side, Jay created the award-winning podcast, Unthinkable, and co-founded Boston Content, the northeast's largest community of content creators and marketers.


Courses at Harvard Business School have cited Jay’s work, as well as writers at The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Forbes, and more. He has been called a “creative savant” by Salesforce and named to the city of Boston’s “50 on Fire" list.


Today, Jay is the founder of Marketing Showrunners, the author of Break the Wheel, and a decorated show host and executive producer. Marketing Showrunners teaches brands how to make original series, such as Against the Grain, a documentary series launched in partnership with the tech company Help Scout. As the host, director, and writer, Jay traveled the country in search of brands who put people over profits, community over shareholders, and helped spark a movement of for-profit businesses who seek to use capitalism for good. You can find the series at


In a world where “storyteller” has become a buzzword, Jay actually understands how to tell great stories--stories that entertain, surprise, teach, and push people beyond conventional thinking towards their best work. He believes his job is to hand out compasses, not maps with directions drawn on them. This equips audiences to walk into any scenario they face, get their bearings, find their true north, and feel empowered to proceed confidently and in the right direction.

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