Dhiraj Mukherjee is a Co-Founder of Shazam, and an experienced digital business executive with a proven track record in both corporate and start-up environments. Recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Top 50 technology entrepreneurs in 2015, and elected a member of The Digital Banking Club’s “Power 50” in 2016, Dhiraj was previously Head of Banking Innovation at Virgin Money, where he was responsible for developing new digital banking services, including one aimed at serving 2.2 million students in the UK. In the course of his career, Dhiraj has held directorial roles across a range of sectors including media & entertainment, consulting and the charity sector.
In 2000, he co-founded Shazam Entertainment, the world’s first mobile phone-based music recognition service. He was a Director of Shazam from 2000-2003, and raised £600,000 in seed funding and over £10 million in venture capital investment over three rounds. Shazam was acquired by Apple in 2017 for a reported $400 million.
He is now an active angel investor focused on emerging technologies and “tech for good” startups aiming to create a better society.
The Shazam start-up journey was not a smooth and easy ride though. Dhiraj shares how he survived the dotcom bubble crash and many other challenges in his keynote presentations.
Dhiraj Mukherjee is a Co-Founder of Shazam, the world’s first mobile phone-based music recognition service (acquired by Apple). He was named one of Europe’s Top 50 technology entrepreneurs by the Financial Times.
Dhiraj is now a “Tech for Good” investor, focused on mission-driven companies aiming to create a better future for the planet. He has invested alongside Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures and in Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management.
Dhiraj Mukherjee is a globally recognised keynote speaker on innovation and sustainable business, and has spoken to senior executives and entrepreneurs in over 15 countries clients including Google, Airbus, Vodafone, Santander, The Economist and many more.
Dhiraj has a degree in Mathematical Economics from Dartmouth College, USA and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.