Co-founder of Shazam, acquired by Apple. Now focused on exploring emerging technologies, helping corporate innovators, and supporting “tech for good” startups.
Dhiraj Mukherjee is an experienced digital business executive and entrepreneur, 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, Dhiraj was previously Head of Banking Innovation at Virgin Money, where he was responsible for developing and implementing disruptive new digital banking products, propositions and partnerships. Recent projects include leading the team responsible for creating Virgin Money Digital Bank’s next-generation product, aimed at serving 2.2 million students in the UK.
Over 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, Dhiraj 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 £10m in venture capital investment over three rounds. Dhiraj has been a Board observer for Shazam since 2004, and is actively engaged in shaping overall product and corporate strategy. Shazam was acquired by Apple in 2017 for a reported $400 million.
Previously, Dhiraj has worked in strategy and innovation roles within disruptive and high growth companies, including Bauer Media, Infosys Limited, ?What If!, Reuters, and Save the Children. Using his extensive experience, Dhiraj is also an active angel investor, mentor to emerging technology start ups, and advisor to venture capital firms. Dhiraj was elected as a member of The Digital Banking Club’s “Power 50” in 2016, and Smith & Williamson’s “Power 100” in 2017 for supporting entrepreneurs. He speaks regularly at major conferences on entrepreneurship, FinTech and emerging technologies.
Dhiraj has a degree in Mathematical Economics from Dartmouth College, USA, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.