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Chris Barton

Chris Barton

Keynote Speaker: Founder and Creator of Shazam, Entrepreneur, Inventor & Tech Investor

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Chris Barton Biography

Spend time with inventor Chris Barton and you’ll be inspired to believe anything is possible. His positive energy to make seemingly impossible ideas come to life is absolutely contagious. Barton’s latest venture, Guard, uses AI to detect drowning in swimming pools – a never-before accomplished effort. Barton’s best-known creation is Shazam, the app that changed the way the world discovers music and laid the groundwork for the consumer AI industry we know today. With over 2 billion downloads, Shazam is a global phenomenon and Apple's sixth-largest acquisition. The app lets people identify songs out of thin air from anywhere they are, making it nothing short of pure magic. Barton holds 12 patents and played key roles in the early days of Google and Dropbox. He believes his dyslexia helps him uncover novel solutions to obstacles and to achieving audacious goals. In his speeches, Barton shares his Start From Zero thinking method of questioning assumptions and challenging conventional wisdom. His amazing story and storytelling completely captivate audiences and inspires them to make big things happen in their organizations – to create magic in defiance of the obstacles.

Barton grew up with a French mother and British father – both of whom were university professors. However, academics were a struggle for Barton. He would come to learn he had undiagnosed dyslexia. Over the years, Barton learned to embrace what he now calls his superpower. Barton believes that dyslexia has allowed him to overcome barriers to achieve his many accomplishments.

Shazam is a great example. Though Barton does not position himself as an expert on the broader future of A.I., his journey as a true A.I. pioneer started when Barton had the idea to identify music using a mobile phone, as no technology existed to achieve his goal. In addition, he was told by Professors at MIT and Stanford that this application of pattern recognition was impossible. Besides inventing a new technology that didn’t yet exist, he had to build a search engine supercomputer from scratch, create the world’s largest music database, and create a user experience on very basic mobile phones. Did Barton ever think maybe the experts were right? “No,” he says.

When Shazam was founded in 2000, it was far ahead of its time. It was three years before iTunes, seven years before the iPhone, and eight years before the App Store. The nascent Shazam struggled in the early days, teetering near bankruptcy for six years waiting for key digital advancements to arrive, allowing Shazam to unleash its full potential on the world.

In 2018, Shazam, and its 200 employees, was acquired by Apple in Apple’s 6th largest acquisition of all-time. Today, Shazam has been downloaded over two billion times and is considered one of the world's most popular apps. It has become an integral part of our everyday lives, with its ability to instantly identify songs and provide information about the music such as lyrics. Shazam has even become a verb, as in "Can you Shazam this song for me?" In addition to its widespread usage, Shazam has also been the inspiration for a popular game show hosted by Jamie Foxx called "Beat Shazam," which has aired for four seasons on the Fox Network challenging contestants to recognize songs faster than the Shazam app.

Barton has also played a key role in tech history as a founding member of Google’s Android Partnerships team where he created Android's mobile operator partnership framework. He also spent four years at Dropbox where he led carrier partnerships and was one of the first 100 people at the company.

Holding 12 patents, including one found within the Google search algorithm that billions of people use, Barton has made significant contributions to the tech industry. He also invests in a wide range of start-ups, including artificial intelligence for heart health and inflammatory disease therapeutics.

Today, Barton spends much of his time building his third startup company, Guard, a system that detects drowning in swimming pools using artificial intelligence.

When he has the time, Barton enjoys speaking at events and sharing lessons learned from his experiences achieving the impossible. He inspires people with stories of the unexpected mindsets that are necessary to overcome challenges and achieve success. Barton gives audiences a new framework for thinking about the obstacles they face and motivates them to take action.

Prior to his audacious technology career, Barton was a strategy consultant and earned two master’s degrees from UC Berkeley and Cambridge University.

When he isn’t working or speaking, you can find Barton enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his son, Jude.

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Chris Barton Speaking Topics

CREATE YOUR OWN SHAZAM MAGIC

Disrupt Your Thinking. Defy Barriers. Inspire Delight.

Chris Barton knows a thing or two about bringing bold ideas to life. When he dreamt up Shazam, Chris was told using a phone to identify songs out of thin air was impossible. The rocky path from that audacious idea to becoming Apple’s sixth-largest acquisition is an inspiring story worthy of a Hollywood movie. With over two billion downloads, Shazam delivers pure magic and has changed the way the world discovers music. In this presentation, Chris unpacks lessons learned from creating Shazam using the earliest forms of AI as well as his pioneering involvement with Android at Google and mobile partnerships at Dropbox. Doing something new – disrupting the status quo – tests our resilience and requires an ability to overcome obstacles with fresh eyes. A holder of twelve patents, Chris’s storytelling and insights inspire people to accomplish big things within their own organizations using “creative persistence” and his Start from Zero methodology – new ways of thinking and overcoming barriers. Startups use these concepts to tackle insurmountable obstacles, and you should too – to create Shazam-like magic in defiance of all odds.

Chris customizes the emphasis of this presentation for each audience. Sample takeaways:

  • Questioning the familiar to distill to the “basic truths”
  • Reimagining what’s possible with AI
  • Overcoming barriers with “creative persistence”
  • Remaining focused on core insights despite resistance
  • Making things simple and friction-free
  • Delighting people by connecting to emotions

Chris Barton Videos

CHRIS BARTON: What's the name of that song?
CHRIS BARTON: The Challenge – Create a Database Containing Every Song
CHRIS BARTON: An Audacious Idea Ahead of Its Time

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What topics does Chris Barton speak about?

Chris Barton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Entrepreneurship, Business, Business Leadership, Marketing, Leadership, Technology and Neurodiversity.

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Chris Barton generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Chris Barton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Entrepreneurship, Business and Business Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Barton for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Chris Barton generally travels from San Francisco, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, Josh Linkner and Omar Johnson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Barton for an upcoming event.

Chris Barton Speaking Topics

  • CREATE YOUR OWN SHAZAM MAGIC

    Disrupt Your Thinking. Defy Barriers. Inspire Delight.

    Chris Barton knows a thing or two about bringing bold ideas to life. When he dreamt up Shazam, Chris was told using a phone to identify songs out of thin air was impossible. The rocky path from that audacious idea to becoming Apple’s sixth-largest acquisition is an inspiring story worthy of a Hollywood movie. With over two billion downloads, Shazam delivers pure magic and has changed the way the world discovers music. In this presentation, Chris unpacks lessons learned from creating Shazam using the earliest forms of AI as well as his pioneering involvement with Android at Google and mobile partnerships at Dropbox. Doing something new – disrupting the status quo – tests our resilience and requires an ability to overcome obstacles with fresh eyes. A holder of twelve patents, Chris’s storytelling and insights inspire people to accomplish big things within their own organizations using “creative persistence” and his Start from Zero methodology – new ways of thinking and overcoming barriers. Startups use these concepts to tackle insurmountable obstacles, and you should too – to create Shazam-like magic in defiance of all odds.

    Chris customizes the emphasis of this presentation for each audience. Sample takeaways:

    • Questioning the familiar to distill to the “basic truths”
    • Reimagining what’s possible with AI
    • Overcoming barriers with “creative persistence”
    • Remaining focused on core insights despite resistance
    • Making things simple and friction-free
    • Delighting people by connecting to emotions

Chris Barton Videos

CHRIS BARTON: What's the name of that song?
CHRIS BARTON: The Challenge – Create a Database Containing Every Song
CHRIS BARTON: An Audacious Idea Ahead of Its Time
CHRIS BARTON: Creative Persistence
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