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Chris Barton


Co-Founder & Mastermind of Shazam: World-Famous Music Recognition App Acquired by Apple in 2017, Founder & CEO of GUARD, Former Head of Mobile Operators Business Development at Dropbox

  • English
Pitch to Chris for $1000

Associated With

  • Advisers
  • Small and Medium Business

Startup Verticals

  • Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Big data
  • Impact investing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobile

    Sustainable Development Goals

    • No Poverty
    • Good Health and Well-being
    • Gender Equality
    • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Reduced Inequality
    • Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Life Below Water
    • Zero Hunger
    • Clean Water and Sanitation
    • Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Quality Education
    • Life on Land
    • Partnerships to achieve the Goal
    • Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Climate Action


    Chris Barton is the founder of Shazam which started as an idea he conceived in late 1999. With three other co-founders, Chris led the creation of Shazam from concept through inventing a new pattern recognition technology to building and launching the world's first mobile music recognition service. Shazam has been downloaded more than 1 billion times around the world. Apple acquired Shazam in 2018 for a speculated $400 million price tag.

    Chris previously worked Google for nearly eight years where he was head of North American Android partnerships and Dropbox where he led mobile operator partnerships. Chris holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, a Master's degree in Finance from Cambridge University, and a BA from UC Berkeley. Chris is now working on his next startup focused on artificial intelligence and computer vision.

    What I look for

    I'm willing help give advice to entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders. I'm not active in Angel Investing. I'm also passionate about my current startup, and not very interested in going back into the music industry.

    What I Provide

    • Referrals & Introductions
    • Mentorship

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