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.Check out our latest news
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.
Shazam was one of the first apps in the brand new Apple App Store.
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.
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.
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.
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 TDLI.com which was acquired by InfoSpace Inc with an enterprise value of $400m and was General Manager of Thomson Directories Business Ventures.
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.
Greg is responsible for global revenue and leads Shazam's global sales teams. Prior to Shazam, he was Global CRO for digital advertising technology company Undertone where he oversaw sales, planning, partnerships, ad ops, marketing, and all of EMEA operations. At Undertone, he focused on developing big digital cross screen creative campaigns for large brands. Prior to that, Greg spent 18 years at Clear Channel Media & Entertainment (now known as iHeartMedia), where he was most recently President of the Clear Channel Connections business unit. In that role, he led ad sales strategy for all large advertisers across local, mobile, digital, network, live events, venues, and branded content, and was responsible for developing award-winning integrated strategies across all Clear Channel Media & Entertainment assets. During his tenure at Clear Channel, Greg held a wide variety of leadership roles around the U.S. He was named to the “Mediaweek 50” list of innovative advertising executives.
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 www.yahoo.com for 100% uptime and reliability.
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.
Prior to joining Shazam, Todd was most recently CFO of LionTree, a boutique mergers and acquisitions advisory firm in NYC. Previously he was CFO at Alloy Media, a private equity backed media business. He has spent most of his career within the Media space at NBC Universal where he rotated through multiple divisions as CFO including NBC Universal Stations Group, iVillage and Cable Entertainment. He joined NBC from Universal Television Networks where he was involved in the merger of Universal Television into NBC Universal. Prior to his tenure with NBC, he was with Viacom for over ten years where he was SVP of Finance and Production Management for MTV. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Baruch College and a Masters of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University. He is a graduate of the GE Experience Financial Leadership Program.
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.
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 (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. http://www.kpcb.com.
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 http://ivp.com or follow IVP on Twitter: @ivp
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 Windeln.de. 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 www.dncapital.com
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