Chris Barton wanted a way to identify songs he was hearing everywhere around him. There wasn’t one – so he invented an app called Shazam. Chris’s creation is nothing short of pure magic. That was his goal. Chris seeks to delight people by using technology to make seemingly impossible ideas come to life. Shazam, which now has over two billion downloads, is just one of them. In addition to creating Shazam, which Apple acquired for $400 million, Chris holds 12 patents and played key roles in the early days of Google and Dropbox. Despite having dyslexia, incredibly, he didn’t let that get in his way. In fact, it gave him a different way of looking at problems. Chris’s newest venture, Guard, aims to use AI to detect drowning in swimming pools. In his speeches, Chris’s story and storytelling completely captivate audiences. He inspires people to make big things happen in their organizations – to create magic in defiance of the obstacles.
Founder and Creator of Shazam, Entrepreneur, Inventor, and Tech Investor
INNOVATION • UNLEASHING CREATIVITY • ENTREPRENEURSHIP • DISRUPTIVE THINKING
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES • CREATIVE PERSISTENCE • INSPIRING ACTION • BRAINSTORMING
RESILIENCE & ADAPTABILITY • ACHIEVING THE IMPOSSIBLE • COLLABORATION
START-UP CHALLENGES • BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION • CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS