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Chris Barton

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Chris Barton: Shazam Creator and AI Visionary – Transform Your Organization's Approach to Innovation.

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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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Unlock the Extraordinary with Chris Barton: Shazam to AI Pioneer. Join Chris Barton, a true innovator, and embrace the limitless potential of the tech world. His latest venture, Guard, utilizes AI to save lives, detecting pool drownings in ways never seen before. Chris's legacy includes Shazam, with over 2 billion downloads, changing the music discovery landscape and becoming Apple's sixth-largest acquisition.

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.

In a world of everyday challenges, imagine this scenario: You’re stuck at a crossroads, grappling with a complex problem that seems insurmountable. That’s when you need someone like Chris Barton to step in and change the game.

Keynote Speaker Chris Barton isn’t your average motivational speaker; he’s a visionary who has a knack for turning the seemingly impossible into reality. When you book Chris Barton for your event, you’re inviting an innovator whose positive energy and unique approach can inspire your organization to achieve greatness.

Chris Barton’s journey from inventor to acclaimed speaker is a testament to his ability to make magic happen. He’s best known as the mastermind behind Shazam, the app that transformed the way the world discovers music, boasting over 2 billion downloads and ranking as Apple’s sixth-largest acquisition. Imagine the impact his insights can have on your organization, helping you discover unconventional solutions to complex challenges.

What sets Chris Barton apart is his dyslexia-driven superpower—a perspective that empowers him to question assumptions and defy conventional wisdom. In his speeches, he shares his “Start From Zero” thinking method, urging audiences to challenge norms and overcome obstacles with creativity and resilience.

When you book Chris Barton, you’re not just getting a speaker; you’re getting a catalyst for change. His remarkable story and storytelling prowess captivate audiences, leaving them motivated to make big things happen in their organizations.

Whether your organization is navigating uncharted territory or seeking fresh perspectives, Chris Barton is the keynote speaker who can provide the inspiration and tools you need to create magic in defiance of the obstacles. Book Chris Barton for your event and witness the transformative impact he can have on your team, motivating them to take action and achieve the extraordinary.

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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.

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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Creative Persistence

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The Challenge: Create a Database Containing Every Song

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An Audacious Idea Ahead of Its Time

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What’s the Name of That Song?

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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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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