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Dhiraj Mukherjee: From Shazam success to 'paying it forward'

In a candid interview, Shazam's co-creator, Dhiraj Mukherjee, shares his philosophy on startups and giving back to the community in the tech frontier

Shemaine Bushnell Kyriakides

In this insightful interview, Dhiraj Mukherjee, the co-creator of Shazam, shares his experiences and philosophy on shaping the future. Notably, after the remarkable success of Shazam, which he co-founded and later sold to Apple for a substantial sum of around 400 million, Dhiraj has been actively paying it forward.

His commitment to fostering innovation is evident in his support for startups. Dhiraj discusses his involvement in the startup ecosystem, emphasizing the importance of fashion, drive, and desire in the entrepreneurial journey. Drawing from personal experiences, he highlights the rollercoaster of emotions entrepreneurs face, from the uncertainty of funding rounds to the challenges of securing customers.

He emphasizes the importance of thinking beyond immediate problem-solving, encouraging entrepreneurs to look further into the future.

Dhiraj sheds light on his investment strategy, particularly mentioning his support for Dandelion, a geothermal energy company in North America. Dandelion, he notes, has not only thrived but is contributing positively to the world by offering an eco-friendly energy solution. His satisfaction as an investor stems not just from financial success but from the broader impact on the environment.

In addition to financial support, Dhiraj actively engages with startups, offering emotional support and guidance. He emphasizes the importance of thinking beyond immediate problem-solving, encouraging entrepreneurs to look further into the future. This forward-thinking approach, he believes, is essential for startups to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing landscape.

Furthermore, Dhiraj delves into the societal implications of emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence (AI). While acknowledging the potential reduction in jobs due to AI, he urges society to view AI as a service to humanity. His perspective encourages a thoughtful examination of how AI can be harnessed for the greater good rather than merely focusing on its disruptive aspects.

Dhiraj's nuanced stance on AI extends to the broader conversation about technology and its impact on human well-being. He advocates for careful consideration of the questions we ask about technology, emphasizing the need to solve problems rather than merely adopting solutions. In this way, he suggests, we can strike a balance between technological evolution and regulatory measures.

In summary, Dhiraj's interview paints a comprehensive picture of a seasoned entrepreneur and investor who not only achieved significant success with Shazam but actively contributes to the growth and well-being of the startup ecosystem, all while championing a thoughtful and responsible approach to emerging technologies.  As a result, he was invited to Cyprus to become one of the keynote speakers at the Digital Agenda Summit 2023.

If you missed the Digital Agenda Summit this year, click on the link below and watch the entire interview:


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