Don KatzDonald Katz (born January 30, 1952) is the founder and CEO of Audible, Inc. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Newark, NJ. Since 2007, Audible.com serves millions of listeners and offers over 300,000 downloadable audiobooks, audio editions of periodicals, and other programs. Audible also commercialized the first portable digital audio player in 1997, four years before the introduction of the iPod. In 2004, Mr. Katz was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New Jersey. Audible was a publicly traded Nasdaq company until it was acquired and became a subsidiary of Amazon.com in early 2008. Audible operates sixteen global outlets, including websites in the UK, Germany, France, Australia, Italy, Japan and most recently Canada.
Named one of NJ.com’s “25 Most Influential People in New Jersey” in 2016, Donald Katz has also been recognized as one of America’s Top 25 Disruptive Leaders by Living Cities for his work on behalf of urban transformation in Newark. Mr. Katz was the recipient of a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award in 2013. The story of Audible, a Business 2.0 magazine profile contends, is “precisely the kind Katz would have loved to write, complete with its big ideas about how an audacious writer turned businessman hopes to spearhead a literary revolution by reviving the ancient art of oral storytelling using modern technology. But Katz himself is the story now.”
Mr. Katz also founded Newark Venture Partners (NVP), a venture fund focused on creating a high tech innovation hub in Newark. The fund is housed in Audible’s headquarters and provides capital, company-building services and residence to innovative tech startups. The fund’s inaugural accelerator class launched September, 2016. Provided by Wikipedia