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Overcoming the impossible with a creative persistence mindset

Chris Barton

travels from UK, USA

Chris Barton is the creator of Shazam. He delivers keynote speeches on subjects as innovation from first principles and seeing every employee as an innovator.

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5 out of 5 stars

Chris is a charismatic speaker who shared his inspiring story of how a seemingly impossible dream with insurmountable 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 See all references

Reasons to Book Chris Barton

  • Chris invented Shazam, the music identification app, and listeners will learn how he overcame what was said to be impossible, through the use of creative persistence.
  • With years of experience working for Google, Dropbox and his own company, Guard, Chris has a wealth of knowledge that he delights in sharing with his audience.
  • Chris has actually patented 12 inventions, and his innovative thinking and creative mindset ensure that listeners will walk away from his keynote speech with a new way of looking at problems.
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Chris Barton is a man of many talents. Not only did he create Shazam, but is also an entrepreneur with 12 patented inventions, a motivational speaker, and a mobile app expert. He has worked with Google and Dropbox and founded his own company, Guard.

Reasons to Book Chris Barton

  • Chris invented Shazam, the music identification app, and listeners will learn how he overcame what was said to be impossible, through the use of creative persistence.
  • With years of experience working for Google, Dropbox and his own company, Guard, Chris has a wealth of knowledge that he delights in sharing with his audience.
  • Chris has actually patented 12 inventions, and his innovative thinking and creative mindset ensure that listeners will walk away from his keynote speech with a new way of looking at problems.

Chris began his illustrious career by graduating with a Masters in Finance from Cambridge University, an MBA from UC Berkeley, and a BA from UC Berkeley. The turning point in his life began in 1999, when he co-founded Shazam, with a dream of bringing a seemingly impossible concept to life.

When Chris Barton came up with the idea of Shazam, a way of identifying songs through the use of a mobile phone app, he faced numerous obstacles. However, his method of creative persistence led to success and the company officially launched in 2002. From small beginnings and a database of only two million songs, the app today has been downloaded by over a billion people. The global tech giant Apple purchased the company in 2017.

Chris went on to work for Google, where he was their first employee to focus entirely on mobile and forged numerous partnerships with phone companies. His next challenge was to work with Dropbox and build up their mobile business. Other employment opportunities came from News Corp, Microsoft MSN, LEK Consulting, and the San Francisco Consulting Group.

Chris is much in demand as an innovation speaker and his real-life stories have captivated audiences around the world. His speaking themes touch upon Artificial Intelligence, business growth, digital transformation, and entrepreneurship. At the heart of everything he does, Chris believes in the untapped power of creative persistence and demonstrates that it is possible to bring original ideas to a market that deems them impossible.

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Speaker Chris Barton keynote topics

Chris inspires audiences with keynotes about innovation and overcoming the impossible. Therefore he believes every keynote should be crafted for your audience and your goals. He creates customized messages and unique experiences to achieve the results you need.

Examples on keynote topics could therefore be:

  • Innovation from First Principles – How Perspective Leads to Superior Results.
  • Picking Your Bets – The Best Decisions Only Become Obvious in Retrospect.
  • Creative Persistence – A Mindset and Methodology to Overcome the Impossible.
  • Every Employee as an Innovator – How Shazam Was Created by Many People’s Innovations.
  • The Hard Thing about Simplicity – Why it is Worth Every Ounce of Pain.

 

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Chris Barton | Innovation Keynote Speaker | Founder of Shazam (REEL)

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Chris was awesome. Some of the feedback from our executives in attendance included: Powerful message…Loved the message about starting with the end user and working backwards… and Very inspirational.

Sarah Lietz

Chief Experience Officer Members Development Company

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

Chris Barton is an incredibly engaging speaker-our enthusiastic YPO’ers were very inspired by his accomplishments and foresight. His personal insights on business development and strategies to strengthen bonds within the fraternity were enlightening, and a definite take home learning for us. In fact his motivational speech left us hungry for more! Sincerely wish him the very best as he spreads his vibrant energy across the globe to truly reach greater heights!

Shrenik Chowdhary

YPO India

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

SAP Switzerland

Chris is a charismatic speaker who shared his inspiring story of how a seemingly impossible dream with insurmountable 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
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Chris Barton

5 out of 5 stars

Chris is a charismatic speaker who shared his inspiring story of how a seemingly impossible dream with insurmountable 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 See all references

Keynote topics with Chris Barton