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Startup Bus 2016

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Justin Davis returns to the show after 2yrs to chat about his experience as a conductor on the Florida Startup Bus. A new flock of entrepreneurs pitch new ideas focused on the restaurant industry. Augmented/virtual reality training, AI-enabled hiring systems, and much more.

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