Office Hours: I’m the first woman to raise over $1M through Crowdfunding & Secure Token Offerings. I'm Dawn Dickson, founder of PopCom.Featured
Hello everyone! I’m the CEO and Founder of PopCom – we provide software to make kiosks and vending machines intelligent through data and analytics at the point of purchase. We also have our own proprietary hardware called the PopShop. To build my startup, I raised over $2.3M for my company from venture capital, angels, accelerators, and from winning pitch competitions. In 2019 raised $1.07M through crowdfunding on Start Engine and became the first female founder in history to raise more than $1M in a Reg CF and Secure Token Offering (STO). I took the crowdfunding approach to give accredited and non accredited investors an equal opportunity to invest in private equity. I believe in group economics and understand the power of investing in early stage companies so I believe it is important to level the playing field in investing. Here's a blog post I wrote about my ICO/STO journey if you'd like to learn more.I have 20 years of experience in marketing and business development, I am a 4X founder, and have been featured in Forbes, Black Enterprise, Fortune, Venture Beat, Huffington Post and Essence Magazine, among others. Prior to launching PopCom, I founded Flat Out Heels. I received my B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University and I attended DeVry University to study Information Technology. In addition to being a tech CEO, I am also the co-founder of a plant based vegan restaurant in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. I am very passionate about health, wellness and self-care as necessary ingredients to success as an entrepreneur and life in general.Ask me about fundraising, startups, my vegan restaurant, or anything else!