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Apps with Shazam and DICE

On this episode, Nikki Bedi is joined by Chris Barton, original founder and board member of Shazam – the music recognition app used by over 500 million people – and Russ Tannen, Head of Music at DICE – a revolutionary ticketing service featured in Apple's Best Apps of 2015. They share tips for success in the mobile apps industry, monetizing your idea, and overcoming technological hurdles to bring your service to life Plus, we hear the story of Anthony Eskinazi – winner of the 2015 VOOM competition in the Grow Category and founder of JustPark.

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