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The Daily Beast shares Don’s remarks from NJPAC’s “Jazz in the Key of Ellison” event on how his mentor and teacher Ralph Ellison shaped his writing career and inspired him to found Audible.

Read more in the Daily Beast.

Don will discuss “The Sounds of a Revolution: the Rise of Tech-enabled Listening” with Richard Sarnoff, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Technology, Media, & Telecommunications industry team at KKR, at Techweek New York on Thursday, October 13th.

Here’s the event page.

Audible and Don hosted “Jazz in the Key of Ellison,” a jazz and spoken words tribute to the great novelist whose ability to hear the music in words inspired Don’s writing career and informed the founding of Audible. It was held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Nov. 1, 2016, and featured Wynton Marsalis, Joe Morton, Catherine Russell, the Andy Farber Orchestra and others.

“Because of Ralph I always heard the sound of what I read and what I wrote,” Don told the audience at NJPAC. “Well-composed words sound like music to me, and after being a writer for 20 years, this led directly to an idea that became Audible.com and our 20 years of applying new technologies to the celebration and elevation of the unbridled power of the well-spoken word.”