Celebrating Black History Month, by recognizing 29 Innovators

Rodney Williams 

Lisnr, CEO/Co-Founder


Founder/CEO of LISNR, Rodney Williams was a 2013 Adage Top 40 under 40 and a 2015 Upstart100 and TechStars Alum. LISNR is a high frequency, inaudible technology; a new communication protocol that sends data over audio. It is a digital sound file that turns any speaker or piece of media into a beacon, working seamlessly across physical and digital spaces more effectively than all current solutions in the marketplace, most notably Bluetooth and traditional ACR. The present business model targets content creators and brands, providing them a distribution platform for mobile that delivers unparalleled second screen experiences and proximity based messaging via the smart tones’ identification and triggering capabilities. LISNR aims to eventually be a technology standard for user authentication, peer-to-peer communication, and secure data transfer for connected devices in the evolving internet of things.

An ex-P&Ger known for being the 1st marketer there to co-write digital patents, Rodney participated in Shark Tank sponsored by McDonalds at the 2015 SXSW Interactive.

Join us March 12 to honor our final 10 Awardees.