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Chris Sheldrick

what3words Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer; devised a way to turn accurate GPS coordinates into user-friendly combinations of 3 words. In 2016, named EY British Accelerating Entrepreneur. In 2017, delivered a TED Talk on the creation of what3words; has since spoken publicly on the business's flagship partnership with Mercedes-Benz and other leading automakers. Has led the company through investment rounds from Intel, Daimler, Deutsche Bahn, Aramex, SAIC Motor Corp, and Sony and built the business to a global team of 100.

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Talking about a precise location in the world is actually quite difficult. Street addressing is often too broad and not universal, while GPS coordinates are accurate but prone to transcription and communication errors. what3words is a global address system that divides the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, each allocated with a fixed and unique three-word address. This precise yet simple solution means that everyone can easily talk about a specific location. NGOs, aid organizations, emergency services, delivery companies and governments are adopting the technology in order to improve business efficiencies, drive growth and save lives.


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