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The co-founder of Shazam, announced for Spark.me 2018 in Montenegro

New Spark.me 2018 speaker announced, this time it’s Dhiraj Mukherjee, co-founder of Shazam, which was acquired by Apple in 2017 for a reported $400 million.

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 the overall product and corporate strategy.

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.

Using his extensive experience, Dhiraj is also an active angel investor, mentor to emerging technology start-ups, and advisor to venture capital firms. Dhiraj is now focused on exploring emerging technologies, helping corporate innovators, and supporting „tech for good“ startups.

Spark.me organizers have previously announced three speakers – Mark W. Schaefer (one of the world’s foremost social media marketing strategists, and a business consultant who blogs at {grow} – one of the top five marketing blogs of the world), Boyd Multerer (former engineering leader for Xbox video game console, who founded Xbox Live and XNA), and Kerry O’Shea Gorgone (the Director of Product Strategy, Training at MarketingProfs, and the host of the Marketing Smarts podcast). More speakers will be announced in the weeks to come.

Spark.me tickets are available at the conference official website, at www.spark.me. The full price of the ticket is 300€. However, all interested parties can take advantage of the Early Bird ticket sale and get their ticket for just 200€, before April 1. High school, undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD students who are 27 years old or younger can get their ticket for a special price of 50€.

Spark.me conference ticket includes: pass for all conference sessions (May 26-27), workshops (May 25), and the start-up competition (May 26-27), buffet lunch on both conference days, all coffee breaks on both conference days, and a cocktail reception (the evening of May 26). A ticket does not include accommodation and transport. All bought tickets can later be transferred to another person (‘name change’), but cannot be refunded.

Spark.me 2018, one of the most carefully curated business/Internet conferences in Southeast Europe, will be held on May 26-27, in Hotel Mediteran, in the Mediterranean seaside resort of Budva, Montenegro. This year, Spark.me has prepared something brand new – an additional day of hands-on marketing and startup workshops on May 25, which are completely free to everyone with a conference ticket.

The conference has been organized annually since 2013, by Domain.ME, a private company in charge of operating Montenegro’s national Internet domain – .ME. Spark.me brings stories from the front lines of disruptive technological solutions, innovative business models, engaging branding strategies, and world-changing initiatives, and brings together business, technology and innovation leaders, marketers, startups, and geeks.