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, which has now been downloaded over 1bn times. 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,” including several start-ups leveraging AI to help create a better society.
Dhiraj has a degree in Mathematical Economics from Dartmouth College, USA and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He speaks regularly at conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging technology.