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Speaker's Biography

Don Katz

Founder and CEO, Audible; Founder, Newark Venture Partners


Donald Katz is founder and CEO of Audible Inc., the leading provider of premium digital spoken-audio information and entertainment. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Newark, NJ, since 2007, Audible serves millions of listeners and offers over 350,000 downloadable audiobooks, audio editions of periodicals, and other programs. The company commercialized the first portable digital audio player in 1997. Audible is the supplier of audiobooks to Apple's iTunes store worldwide and operates sixteen global outlets. Audible was publicly traded on NASDAQ until acquired by Amazon.com in 2008 and is now an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary. Named one of NJ.com's "25 Most Influential People in New Jersey" in 2016, Katz was also recognized as one of America's Top 25 Disruptive Leaders by Living Cities for his work on behalf of urban transformation in Newark. Prior to founding Audible, Katz was a journalist and author whose work won a National Magazine Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction.


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