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"Our mission is to help people recognize and engage with the world around them"

Shazam is a mobile app that recognizes music and TV around you. It is the best way to discover, explore and share the music and TV you love. Shazam connects more than 500 million people. It took us 10 years to reach 1 billion tags, 10 months to reach 2 billion, 3 months to go from 10 to 12 billion... It's an amazing app, available now in the Apple, Android and Windows stores. And we're always looking for new and innovative ways to delight our users.

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How did we get here?

  • 2002

    Dialling “2580” on your phone and holding it up to the music was all you had to do to use Shazam. Users were sent an SMS message telling them the song title and the name of the artist.

  • 2008

    Shazam was one of the first apps in the brand new Apple App Store.

  • 2011

    In addition to music, the app was extended to let you Shazam TV programmes and ads to get specials offers and more information on what you were watching.

  • Today

    Shazam is more than just identification. It is the beginning of a journey where the user can discover more on the music and TV they love.

How does Shazam work?

This is a question we get often asked. Here is a quick summary of the three main steps involved from the moment you Shazam until the magic happens.

  • Let's say you are in a shop and you like the music you're hearing. Start the app and tap the Shazam button.

  • A digital fingerprint of the audio is created and, within seconds, matched against Shazam's database of millions of tracks and TV shows.

  • You are then given the name of the track and the artist and information such as lyrics, video, artist biography, concert tickets and recommended tracks. We also let you buy or listen to the song using one of our partners' services.

Our executive management team

  • Andrew Fisher
    Executive Chairman

    Andrew Fisher joined Shazam from InfoSpace Inc where he was European Managing Director. At InfoSpace Andrew led the company's significant European growth focusing on music and entertainment services for mobile operators and portal solutions for many leading online service providers. Over the past 14 years, Andrew has led the successful growth of a number of technology focused enterprises. He founded and was Managing Director of which was acquired by InfoSpace Inc with an enterprise value of $400m and was General Manager of Thomson Directories Business Ventures.

  • Rich Riley
    Chief Executive Officer

    Rich Riley joined Shazam with more than 17 years experience as an entrepreneur and leading Internet executive. Most recently, Rich was EVP Americas for Yahoo! where he was responsible for billions of dollars of revenue and managed a team of thousands, overseeing sales, account management, ad operations, B2B marketing, research and business development across the US, Canada and LatAm. Prior to that, Rich held a variety of roles including MD & SVP of the EMEA Region, SVP of the Small & Medium Business Division as well as corporate and business development roles.

  • Daniel Danker
    Chief Product Officer

    Daniel Danker is responsible for Shazam's product strategy and direction, including expanding the role Shazam plays in music and growing new businesses like Shazam for television. Daniel joined Shazam from the BBC, where he was the General Manager of BBC iPlayer and was responsible for making it ubiquitous. Daniel also launched iPlayer Radio to reinvent the BBC's online radio and music experience, created a seamless journey from broadcast to connected television through the Connected Red Button, and delivered the media experience for the London 2012 Olympics.

  • Charles Henrich
    Chief Technology Officer

    Charles has worked in systems operations and development for over 20 years. He was one of the early pioneers in the web space, inventing dynamic web pages (SSI) in 1993 while working on one of the earliest weather sites in the world. Charles has a passion for high performance computing, scalability and resiliency and understands that the only way to achieve this is by ensuring the products are designed with this in mind. Over the span of his career Charles has had a history of delivery and innovation, designing and building an ‘internet-in-a-box’ solution for Michigan K12 schools, creating content management and digital distribution systems for the film industry, implementing effects algorithms for visual effects studios, and co-architecting My Yahoo! and for 100% uptime and reliability.

  • Antonious Porch
    General Counsel

    Antonious Porch has over 15 years experience working with companies at the intersection of technology and entertainment. Prior to joining Shazam, Antonious was Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Nickelodeon, part of the Viacom family of companies. He later served as Viacom’s Vice President & Senior Counsel of Technology & Kids Compliance. Previously, Antonious served as Director of Business & Legal Affairs at Classic Media (now DreamWorks Classics), an animation studio, production and brand licensing company. Antonious began his career at the law firms of Latham & Watkins and Morrison & Foerster. Antonious is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School and has studied executive management at Harvard Business School. At Shazam, he leads our legal team.

  • Keith Lovell
    Chief Financial Officer

    Keith Lovell brings over 15 years' experience gained from commercial, financial and management positions in a range of blue-chip, entrepreneurial and start-up organisations. Prior to Shazam at Extreme Mobile, Keith played an integral role in formulating commercial and financial plans for an MNVO venture with Vodafone. Previously, he was also responsible for all major network operator and supplier relationships at DX Communications Ltd and played a key role in negotiating the sale of the UK retail business to BT Cellnet, now 02.

  • Avery Wang
    Founder / Chief Scientist

    Avery Wang has over 20 years of industry experience designing high-performance multimedia signal processing systems for the consumer market and is the principal inventor of Shazam's recognition algorithms and other key technologies. Avery holds graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from Stanford University, with a PhD at CCRMA on Auditory Source Separation. He also studied Computational Neurosciences on a Fulbright scholarship to Germany. At Shazam his responsibilities include innovation and intellectual property.

Our investors

Shazam is backed by a number of prestigious firms including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Institutional Venture Partners, DN Capital, Acacia Capital Partners.

  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) has backed entrepreneurs in more than 500 ventures leading to 150 IPOs, 350,000 jobs and a deep strategic network. The firm has helped build pioneering companies like Amazon, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Symantec and VeriSign. KPCB partners serve on the boards of Amazon, Apple, Bloom Energy, Flipboard, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nest, Square and Zynga, among others. KPCB accelerates the success of entrepreneurs with a team of partners delivering company-building services including strategy, operational scaling, recruiting, business development and product delivery. The firm invests in all stages from seed and incubation to growth companies. KPCB operates from offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco, Shanghai and Beijing.

  • Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)
    Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)

    With $4 billion of committed capital, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) is one of the premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firms in the United States. The partnership is currently investing IVP XIV, a $1 billion later-stage fund focused on investments in rapidly growing technology and media companies. Founded in 1980, IVP has invested in over 300 companies, 93 of which have gone public. IVP is one of the top performing firms in the industry and has a 32-year IRR of 43.2%. IVP specializes in venture growth investments, industry rollups, founder liquidity transactions and select public market investments. Since its inception, IVP investments include such notable companies as ArcSight (HPQ), Buddy Media (CRM), ComScore (SCOR), Concur Technologies (CNQR), Dropbox, Fleetmatics (FLTX), HomeAway (AWAY), Juniper Networks (JNPR), Kayak (KYAK), LegalZoom, LifeLock (LOCK), Marketo, MobileIron, MySQL (ORCL), Netflix (NFLX), Omniture (ADBE), One Kings Lane, Polycom (PLCM), RetailMeNot, Seagate (STX), Shazam, Synchronoss (SNCR), Tivo (TIVO), Twitter and Zynga (ZNGA). For more information, visit or follow IVP on Twitter: @ivp

  • DN Capital
    DN Capital

    DN Capital is a global early stage and growth capital investor in digital media and software companies with offices in London and Palo Alto. DN Capital's objective is to identify, invest in and actively support its portfolio companies to become global leaders. Portfolio companies include Shazam Entertainment, Endeca Technologies, Datanomic (sold to Oracle), Eyeka, JacobsRimell (sold to Amdocs), Mister Spex, OLX (sold to Naspers), Digital Chocolate, Tbricks and The professionals at DN Capital bring over 50 years of private equity experience to their investments, and actively work with portfolio companies to steward their growth through the various stages of development. Additional information about the firm and its portfolio companies can be found on its website at

Our offices

  • London

    Shazam Entertainment Limited

    26-28 Hammersmith Grove

    London W6 7HA

    United Kingdom

  • New York

    52 Vanderbilt, 19th Floor

    New York

    NY 10017

  • Silicon Valley

    2114 Broadway Street

    Redwood City

    CA 94063

  • Los Angeles

    Suite 1685

    11601 Wilshire Blvd

    Los Angeles

    CA 90025

  • San Diego

    Suite 108

    16955 Via Del Campo

    San Diego

    CA 92127

  • Chicago

    Suite N730

    410 North Michigan Avenue


    IL 60611

  • Sydney

    Suite 306

    100 Walker Street

    North Sydney

    NSW 2060

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