Chris Barton

Entrepreneur Speaker, Shazam Founder, Former Mobile Strategist for Google and Dropbox

Chris Barton is a top entrepreneur keynote speaker, co-founder and former Board Director of Shazam, and expert in mobile applications. At Shazam, he helped guide the music discovery company from idea to profit as co-founder and Board Director. Today, Shazam is among the most popular apps on both iPhone and Android with over 120 million monthly active users.

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  • Chris Barton`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Chris Barton`s U.S. Speaking Fee

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California, USA

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Breaking the Sound Barrier - Challenges We Faced and Lessons We Learned in Building Shazam

Before smartphones, apps, and digital voice assistants, Chris Barton came up with the idea for people to identify songs by using their phone in 1999. But turning this idea into a commercial product was exceptionally difficult since PhDs in ...

Before smartphones, apps, and digital voice assistants, Chris Barton came up with the idea for people to identify songs by using their phone in 1999. But turning this idea into a commercial product was exceptionally difficult since PhDs in signal processing considered this problem “impossible” to solve due to the background noise. In addition, the startup faced numerous challenges in building the “fingerprint database” of millions of songs as well as launching to users in a world before mobile apps existed. In this exciting talk, Barton shows audiences what it takes to bring an original idea to market when everyone says you can’t do it.

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Shazam’s Early Years: Surviving Difficult Times & The Keys to Startup Success

What does it take for your startup to succeed? Chris Barton founded Shazam in 1999 with three of his friends but it took years to take a simple and original idea from a working algorithm to profits. In this enlightening and no-punches-pulled ...

What does it take for your startup to succeed? Chris Barton founded Shazam in 1999 with three of his friends but it took years to take a simple and original idea from a working algorithm to profits. In this enlightening and no-punches-pulled talk, Barton shares the story of the incredible challenges Shazam faced to “survive” through years of near-bankruptcy and explains his view of the ingredients necessary to make your startup successful.

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Lessons for Entrepreneurs Collected from My Shazam Experience

From picking the right idea to finding the right approach to building the business from the ground up, Barton explains his views on how to optimize the chances of your startup succeeding (and how to enjoy the experience along the way)....

From picking the right idea to finding the right approach to building the business from the ground up, Barton explains his views on how to optimize the chances of your startup succeeding (and how to enjoy the experience along the way).

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Ten Things I Am Grateful for in My Shazam Experience

When people tell the stories of startups, they usually focus on the obstacles overcome and the challenges met, while news stories focus on how much the company sold for. Rarely do people talk about the rewarding journey of following an idea to its conclusion. In this talk ...

When people tell the stories of startups, they usually focus on the obstacles overcome and the challenges met, while news stories focus on how much the company sold for. Rarely do people talk about the rewarding journey of following an idea to its conclusion. In this talk focused on gratitude, Chris shares how startups gave him the opportunity to work with amazing teams, travel to foreign countries, and having an impact on the world.

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Picking the Right Obsession

If you want to be successful in your career, you’ll need to pick the right obsession. Chris Barton had the chance to work with companies like Google and Dropbox, as well as co-founding Shazam. In this talk, Chris shares how these companies and others follow the right ...

If you want to be successful in your career, you’ll need to pick the right obsession. Chris Barton had the chance to work with companies like Google and Dropbox, as well as co-founding Shazam. In this talk, Chris shares how these companies and others follow the right obsession to market dominance.

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Story of Creating Shazam and "Touchy Feely" Lessons for Entrepreneurs

When Chris co-founded Shazam, the music discovery company, his team had the crazy idea of using cell phones to help identify songs. This was before smartphones and apps. The journey was long and difficult but he and his friends learned ...

When Chris co-founded Shazam, the music discovery company, his team had the crazy idea of using cell phones to help identify songs. This was before smartphones and apps. The journey was long and difficult but he and his friends learned important life lessons along the way. In this inspiring and motivating talk, Chris focuses on the very human side of being an entrepreneur and what you can learn when you challenge yourself to do something amazing.

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About Keynote Speaker Chris Barton

About Keynote Speaker Chris Barton… 

Chris Barton is an entrepreneur speaker, co-founder and former Board Director of Shazam, and expert in mobile applications. At Shazam, he helped guide the music discovery company from idea to profit as co-founder and Board Director. He has also worked eight years at Google focused on mobile and at Dropbox as head of mobile operators development. Now, he follows his dream of advising passionate entrepreneurs who want to make the world a better place, by speaking on entrepreneurship and advising a handful of startups. In addition, he is embarking on his next startup venture.

Barton co-founded Shazam in 1999 with the original idea to identify songs with a mobile phone. Before smartphones, people would call a number, put their phone up to the radio and receive a text identifying the song.

When the company launched in 2002, Shazam had 2 million songs in its database and took 15 seconds to process a user’s request. Today Shazam’s app has been downloaded by over 1 billion people globally. Now the app takes only a few seconds to identify songs from its database of over 30 million songs.

Shazam’s journey was one of faith and endurance for Barton and his co-founders. The company survived the dot.com bust but the company struggled for many years. Barton left in 2004 to join Google and later Dropbox but continued to serve on the Board throughout. Only in 2008 did Shazam begin its “hockey stick” growth curve once iPhone and Android app stores were introduced to the world.

Today, Shazam is among the most popular apps on both iPhone and Android with over 120 million monthly active users. Shazam’s highly advanced technology and superior customer ratings helped convince Apple to purchase the company for a reported $400 million in December 2017.

Barton holds a BA and an MBA from UC Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Finance from Cambridge University.

Testimonials

“Chris’s keynote completely captivated our audience of 1700+ SAP customers, partners, and employees. His talk was truly entertaining and inspiring. Our audience’s perception of entrepreneurial innovation was completely transformed.”

Michael Locher-Tjoa

Managing Director - SAP Switzerland

“Chris is a charismatic speaker who shared his inspiring story of how a seemingly impossible dream with unsurmountable obstacles eventually came to life. In a very personal and honest tone, Chris shared the many lessons learned from the challenges of creating Shazam – from the power of persuasion and convincing people to believe in their project to building credibility and sharing their passion. The overall message was very inspiring and uplifting and our audience at our UNLEASH show loved having him as a speaker!”

Marc Coleman

Founder & CEO, UNLEASH Group

“Chris was an inspiring and sincere keynote speaker. His talk was very engaging … the audience was fascinated by his personal insights on entrepreneurship and business strategy. Very on point, with a convincing message!”

Thomas Mosch

Head of CEBIT d!talk

“Chris was an incredibly engaging speaker who brought the audience to the time and place of his entrepreneurial journey with Shazam. I was not only inspired by his accomplishments, but also impressed with his humility. We invited him back the following year knowing that he would motivate the next round of MBAs to innovate like he does.”

Rachel Adams

Co-Chair of UC Berkeley MBA Orientation

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Jul 17, 2019

Chris Barton - How Entrepreneurs Are Different

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Oct 5, 2018

A Lesson in Perseverance from Shazam Co-Founder Chris Barton

Love the song playing overhead in the coffee shop but no one has any idea who it’s by or what...

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Sep 7, 2018

Apple Cleared to Buy Shazam, Giving Apple Music a Competitive Edge

After a four month investigation, the European Union has cleared the sale of Chris Barton’s music-identifying app, Shazam, to Apple,...

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Aug 9, 2018

From Hit Songs to Headphones: Two People Who Changed the Way We Listen to Music

Hit songs and cell phones Enter any cafe, any day, and what do you see? Someone holding their phone closer...

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May 25, 2018

One on One With Chris Barton

Ever wish your uber driver would leave you alone to answer emails or swipe through social media? You’ve got better...

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