Don Katz

Web Talk
49 minutes, 22.9mb, recorded 2005-05-09
Don Katz
Rob Greenlee, host of Web Talk, speaks with Don Katz, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Katz explains's history and about being a pioneer in the distribution of spoken-word downloadable audio content online. Audible offers some of the most popular audio books, audio versions of print periodicals and public radio programs available. Katz explains how Audible created the first Internet peripheral, now known as the mp3 player. Audible is beginning to offer free downloadable content from alternative sources of audio like congressional testimony and television programs such as The Charlie Rose Show.

Mr. Katz will also explain Audible's vision for distribution of free, pay-per download and paid subscription only access to audio versions of books, public radio, newspaper, magazines and many other forms of audio content online. Katz also talks about how podcasting is in the midst of transforming into a software tools company that enables Audible listeners and outside podcasters to become audio content creators and distributors. Katz also discusses expanding Audibles' distribution into the podcasting platform and will also offer its downloadable programs to expanded storage mobile wireless cellular and data phones.

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Donald Katz is founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Audible, Inc., the Internet’s premier audio information and entertainment service. Audible, founded in 1995 and based in Wayne, NJ, developed the first copyright-secure system for distributing audio via the Internet for playback at or away from the PC, and the Company commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997. From it’s Web site – – and via Audible’s key distribution partners, and the Apple iTunes Music Store, Audible serves busy listeners who seek convenient access to the best of audio information, entertainment, and education. Audible’s customers around the world download and listen to audiobooks, daily audio digests of leading newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, weekly audio digests of Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American, and others, as well as to time-shifted public radio programs such as All Things Considered, Car Talk, and Marketplace, and original spoken word content such as Robin Williams. Audible (ADBL) is a public company that trades on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

Donald Katz won the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New Jersey. He has also led Audible to top-10 rankings in the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 competition for 2002, 2003, and 2004. He was also honored in 1999 as Entrepreneur of the Year by Silicon Alley trade magazine Alley Cat News for his pioneering work at Audible.

Before founding Audible, Donald Katz was a successful author and journalist for twenty years. He is the author of Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; The Big Store: Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears, winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction; and Just Do It: The Nike Spirit in the Corporate World. Katz has served as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Men's Journal, and Worth, and his work has won or been nominated for several National Magazine Awards. In 2001, Random House published a two-volume collection of Katz’s award-winning magazine stories, King of the Ferret Leggers and Other True Stories and Valley of the Fallen and Other Places. Katz also served as a consultant on editorial, start-up, content development projects, and digital media issues for Fidelity Investments, Whittle Communications, Wenner Media, Time Warner, and Mariah Publications, and he has lectured widely on money and business issues, journalism, and nonfiction literature at universities, libraries, and corporate management gatherings.

Donald Katz graduated from New York University's honors program in English in 1974. He worked closely with writer-in-residence Ralph Ellison while at NYU. He also attended The University of Chicago and The London School of Economics. He holds an MSc Economics from The London School of Economics. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 30, 1952. He attended New Trier East High School in Winnetka, Illinois. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife, Leslie Larson, and their three children. Katz served as a member of the public library board in Montclair for nine years. He serves on the board of Uncommon Schools, which supports the pioneering Newark, New Jersey, charter school, North Star Academy and similar schools, and he is an avid ice hockey player.

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