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Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams

CEO and Co-Founder, LISNR

2017 Inductee

Rodney Williams, CEO and Co-Founder of LISNR, leads one of the most disruptive companies in the IoT space and the world of mobile connectivity. LISNR is an ultrasonic inaudible technology; a communication protocol that sends data over audio. As the CEO of LISNR, Rodney has grown the company from a single idea to a promising global standard, with over +40 industry awards, most notably a Cannes Gold Lion in Mobile Software Innovation and a 2017 CES Honoree in Mobile Software.

He has also been honored by Ad Age's Top 40 under 40, Upstart100 and selected as Black Enterprise's Tech Entrepreneur of the Year. An alum of the R/GA Accelerator powered by Techstars and named to the 2015 and 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 Lists, Williams is an innovative and out-of-the-box strategic thinker, always looking for new ways to connect consumers more effectively with technology.

Prior to LISNR, Rodney spent over four years at Procter & Gamble as a brand manager and is most noted as the first marketer there to co-write digital patents. Prior to P&G, Williams spent two years in government New Business Development for Lockheed Martin and over 4 years leading a collegiate digital agency focusing on consumer acquisitions and CRM management. Rodney achieved these honors after earning four degrees in Finance and Economics, including an MBA from Howard University, by the age of 24.

Outside of Rodney’s pursuit professionally, he’s a celebrated speaker, mentor, and advisor to many.  Rodney currently sits on the board of two VC funded startups (Wyzerr & Solofunds) and is currently the youngest member of the Howard University School of Business, Board of Advisors; a position gained after raising over $250k in an effort to bring better technology resources to the university.  When Rodney is not leading or assisting, he’s teaching and was most recently chosen to be a Forbes contributing author - covering innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and disruptive technologies.