Centre for Information Management

News and activities

22 September 2015

Building a Billion Dollar Business through Data and Social Virality

Presented By Andrew Fisher
  • 5.30pm: Arrival and refreshments
    6.00pm: Start
    7.15pm: Finish (approx.) and refreshments
  • Loughborough University Design School (Room LDS0.17)

About this event

This is a unique opportunity to listen to an industry leader who has led significant growth at a number of technology focused enterprises. Andrew will discuss the challenges and opportunities of using data to enable agile implementation of business decisions, providing personalised and relevant experiences to millions of users and maintaining consumer trust.

Speaker biography

Andrew Fisher joined Shazam in 2005, serving as Chief Executive Officer until 2013 when he became Executive Chairman (Andrew is also a Non Executive Director of MoneySuperMarket Group PLC). Shazam launched its music recognition service in the UK in 2002 and during Andrew’s tenure it has become one of the world’s top ten most downloaded apps, connecting more than 525 million people to music, television shows and adverts. Shazam is used more than 20 million times each day and accounts for over 10 per cent of worldwide digital music sales. When Andrew became CEO the company was valued at $2 million. Today Shazam is valued at over $1 billion.

In 2013, Shazam was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and selected for The Future Fifty, the UK government’s programme to acknowledge the fastest growing technology companies in the UK. Andrew 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 20 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 also General Manager of Thomson Directories Business Ventures.

Andrew is married to Sally and has two sons, Tom and Toby. At Loughborough University he resided in Royce Hall and served as their Chairman in 1990 and was Treasurer of the University Hall Chairman’s Committee. Whilst studying Andrew enjoyed playing rugby and tennis as well as learning new sports, such as skiing, through a variety of clubs and societies.


This is a free event but you must register first: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/forms/cim-lecture/