- Bringing a Product to Market
- The Development of the MP3 Player
- The role of entrepreneurism in the technology world
- Corporate restructuring, Capital formation / fundraising,
- Mergers and acquisitions
- How Technology and Biotechnology Will Drastically Change Our Lives.
- Strategic partnerships
- The future of digital content and delivery systems to new technology inventions
Nathan M. Schulhof: So what do you do after inventing one of the more popular technologies of the past decade – the MP3 player?
Well, if you’re Nathan Schulhof and you already have years as a successful serial entrepreneur to your credit, chances are you do what most in your position do – consult, invest, and look for the next big thing.
Nathan Schulhof, the father of the MP3 player, holding the Listen Up player, the first portable, digital audio device.
Schulhof completed the first prototype of his invention in 1994 that was commercialized by Schulhof’s team in 1996 as the Listen Up Player. The Listen Up device won an Innovations award from the Consumer Electronics Show in January 1997 and was later selected to receive the People’s Choice award from the Upside Magazine.
Schulhof’s invention has continued on to become a near-ubiquitous device, particularly among teenagers and young adults in their twenties and thirties.
Schulhof has been involved in a wide variety of entrepreneurial ventures, ranging various entrepreneurial adventures as a young man growing up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to starting an air charter service in Florida in the 1970s.
Schulhof worked as an agent for New York Life before deciding that neither law or insurance were ideal matches for him.
Schulhof entered the technology world in the late 1970s when he began working on a software idea that eventually bore fruit as Silicon Valley Systems, the developer of Word Handler, the first and best-selling high-resolution graphics word processor for the Apple II computer. SVS was also the first technology firm to implement a telemarketing effort targeting the retail channel.
Prior to co-founding audiohighway, Schulhof formed TestDrive Corporation, a pioneer in the distribution of encrypted computer software on CD-ROM and the first company to distribute a CD-ROM inside a magazine. TestDrive was later sold to R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.
Through the years, Schulhof has been extensively quoted and featured in technology and consumer media, including pieces in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Businessweek, Inc., Success, among others. He has spoken extensively at industry events (including COMDEX, CES, Fall Internet World and Apple Computer’s Independent Developer Conference, among others), and has raised tens of millions of dollars in private and public equity.
He also participated in the DotCom craze of the late 1990s, leading the transformation of Information Highway Media Corporation into audiohighway, one of the leading destination sites for downloading and streaming media in the world. Schulhof also helped take audiohighway public in 1998 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
Schulhof focuses on engagements with technology and biotechnology companies. Schulhof currently serves clients in industries ranging from telecommunications to Internet services, and from fiber optics to blood analysis devices.
Nathan M. Schulhof is available for “on-the-record” comments and observations on topics ranging from MP3 players and the future of digital content and delivery systems to new technology inventions, investment opportunities, and the role of entrepreneurism in the technology world. topics.