Dawn Dickson, a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience, is the mastermind behind the vending machines and kiosks that allow customers to pay with their face. She initially started out as a hardware manufacturer to build vending machines for her shoe brand, but other entrepreneurs started asking her to franchise and sell the machines directly to them.
The bigger picture
It was then that Dawn saw what the bigger picture was. She needed to create an automated retail technology company that provides software solutions for kiosks and intelligent vending. And that’s exactly what she did.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, her company, Pop Com, produces smart vending machines and kiosks that provide valuable analytics. Their solutions combine with point of sale data to generate customer demographic information, while also helping vendors monitor inventory, capture sales data and help leverage insights for lead generation and retarget advertising.
Paying with your face
Dawn’s patented vending machines and kiosks use biometric payments, which introduces pay with your face technology to self service retail.
In the near future, their her machines will accept bitcoins and all other forms of digital payments.
Recently, she and her team completed the Canopy Boulder program, a seed-stage business accelerator focused on ancillary products and services in the legal cannabis industry.
They also completed the TechStars LA program, which aims to help innovative tech startups from around the world that are seeking to build a deep network across the Los Angeles tech ecosystem.
All in all, they closed $1 million total pre-seed to build the product and team.