Chris Barton – Keynote Speaker

Co-Founder, Shazam and Mobile Applications Expert

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Specialist Subjects

  • The story of creating Shazam (challenges faced & lessons learned)
  • The story of creating Shazam (surviving difficult times – 6 years near bankruptcy)
  • Lessons for entrepreneurs on creating a great business
  • Focused Innovation: How great consumer tech companies really broke into the big time


  • English


Chris Barton is the founder & first CEO of Shazam. He led the creation of the world’s first mobile music recognition service from concept and invention to commercial launch. Shazam has been downloaded 2 billion times and is one of the world’s most popular apps. Apple acquired Shazam in 2018 for a reported $400 million, making it Apple’s 6th largest acquisition of all-time.

Chris also spent eight years at Google where he created Android’s mobile carrier alliance framework from scratch and four years at Dropbox where he was among the first 100 employees. Prior to entering the world of technology Chris was a strategy consultant and earned two master’s degrees from UC Berkeley and Cambridge University.

An expert on “different ways of thinking” that drive game-changing innovation, Chris Barton has 12 patents including one found today within the Google search algorithm used by billions of people. He has invested in a variety of startups ranging from artificial intelligence for heart health to inflammatory disease therapeutics. Chris starred in a Superbowl TV ad featuring “mobile innovators” that included Ray Kurzweil and the founder of Instagram. He now spends much of his time building his third startup company which will detect drowning in swimming pools using artificial intelligence.

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