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(Ep. 123) Chris Barton: Start from Zero

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Shazam is the one of the most downloaded apps of all time, but the secret to its success wasn't being first in its category -- it was first principles. In Episode 123, Chris Barton, Shazam's founder and first CEO, explains why he chose to "start from zero" and built an app based on fundamental truths, not convenient tactics. We discuss creative persistence (and why most good ideas fail to get off the ground), how to apply "first principles" in other facets of life (like finding a coveted apartment), and how companies can bring this type of innovative thinking to their own ranks.


Chris Barton is the founder and first CEO of Shazam, which has been downloaded over 2 billion times. He's a serial entrepreneur who pioneered mobile partnerships at Google and Dropbox and holds 12 patents, including one found within the Google search algorithm. Chris speaks about innovation to audiences around the world and is the founder of Guard, which uses AI to detect and prevent drowning in swimming pools.


Website: www.chrisjbarton.com

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