Chris Sheldrick

Chris Sheldrick

Co-Founder & CEO, what3words


Chris managed production for large scale events around the globe for 10 years. Seeing an opportunity to optimise logistics initially within the international production industry, Chris conceived what3words in January 2013 as a simpler way to communicate location. Solving the problem of inconsistent, inaccurate, and complicated addressing all over the world, by carving the global map up into 57 trillion 3mx3m squares what3words has created a universal addressing system that uses a unique string of three words to specify any location.

what3words supports 14 languages, is used in over 170 countries worldwide and, in the past year, have expanded their footprint even wider. The national post services of Mongolia, Côte d'Ivoire, Tonga, St. Maarten and Djibouti have adopted what3words as a supported national addressing system for their citizens.

what3words has been recognised by numerous global awards, including the prestigious Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Innovation. Chris was also selected as the EY British Accelerating Entrepreneur 2016. Investors include Intel Capital, Deutsche Bahn, Aramex, and Horizons Ventures.