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Speaker of the Day

Shazam co-founder: The power to scale the impossible

Meet Chris Barton, the co-founder of music recognition app Shazam at #bits20, pitch your idea and learn to overcome obstacles with perseverance

The software he has invented is a global player, literally. 

Today music identifying app Shazam is used on 500 million mobile devices by more than 100 million active users every month all around the world. About 15 billion songs have been identified so far. Shazam co-founder Chris Barton certainly has learned a lot on his way as an entrepreneur, from the early days in 1999 when he created the app to when in late 2018 Apple acquired Shazam for a reported 400 million dollars.

And he happily shares his knowledge with you during our Bits & Pretzels Networking Week as a Table Captain, which means he will host a virtual table that can be joined by up to ten attendees. Take your chance to get real-world advice, ask questions, and make contacts that will take your business to the next level.

Because to build a million dollar company in tech you have to overcome many hurdles as an entrepreneur as Chris recounted last year in his talk at the Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival, from sceptical investors to experts who predicted that it was impossible to create an algorithm that can identify songs. But that didn’t stop Chris and his co-founders to scale the impossible anyways - and very successfully as well. Today, ‘to shazam a song’ has almost become a mainstream expression. 

You want to know how Chris overcame all of those hurdles and built Shazam? Or what he has learned from working with VCs and why he’s about to start his new company Guard without funding as he announced in our Bits & Pretzels Podcast

Meet this year’s Table Captain at one of our virtual tables that we host with just a handful of people and ask him yourself! Join us virtually at the Bits & Pretzels Networking Week from September 27th to October 2nd 2020.