Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene - Wild Business Growth Podcast #157: Vending Machine Virtuoso, Flat Out and PopCom

Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene – Wild Business Growth Podcast #157: Vending Machine Virtuoso, Flat Out and PopCom

Find a pain point. Solve that pain point. Start a business. That’s the model of this week’s Wild Business Growth Podcast guest, Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene. Dawn is the Founder of Flat Out of Heels and PopCom. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and your other favorite podcast platforms.

Episode 157: Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene – Vending Machine Virtuoso, Flat Out and PopCom

Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene, the Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Flat Out of Heels and PopCom, joins the show to share her journey from having sore feet from wearing heels to building multimillion-dollar businesses around smart vending machines for flats. Hear how to build your community to fuel your business, raise money through crowdfunding, build out your team, keep solving problems, and Dawn’s experience on The Breakfast Club. This episode covers everything from foot pain to machine learning. Here’s a small sample of what you will hear in this episode:

  • How long did it take from idea to prototypes
  • What’s driven Dawn’s growth besides her network
  • How much testing and learning was there with the product samples
  • What’s a marketing strategy that was very helpful
  • How did Dawn build out her teams
  • Has the “Susans” ad changed how Dawn views Zillow
  • How do you become successful at crowdfunding
  • What is something that surprised Dawn about Techstars

Connect with Dawn on social media and Medium.

Enjoy the shoooooow! Check out the show notes below for much more detail.

Show Notes

Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene - Wild Business Growth Podcast #157 Vending Machine Virtuoso, Flat Out and PopCom
Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene - Wild Business Growth Podcast #157: Vending Machine Virtuoso, Flat Out and PopCom
Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene - Wild Business Growth Podcast #157: Vending Machine Virtuoso, Flat Out and PopCom

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