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Dawn Dickson


Columbus, Ohio Area

Member Since January 2022




Inventor. 6x founder, 1 exit. Over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business development. INC 100 female founders (2018, 2021), Forbes next 1000 (2021), OWBS/Snapchat Entrepreneur of the year (2021), Techstars (2017), Nasdaq Milestone Maker (2019), equity crowdfunding pioneer, keynote speaker.

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12 obstacles keeping entrepreneurs out of crypto

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While minimal tech expertise is a common stumbling block, it’s not the only issue making new investors wary of crypto.Even though the crypto industry doesn’t lack high-profile supporters, entrepreneurs may still be reluctant to enter the space. The central role of technology may be the primary barrier, but it’s not the only one, and the industry is unlikely to see the level of growth its potential justifies unless these barriers are addressed.It’s essential for current crypto leaders to play a role in breaking down the barriers keeping newcomers at bay. Here, 12 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle discuss the obstacles they see keeping new entrepreneurs out and how they can be addressed.

12 qualities to look for when building a crypto network

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When seeking new connections in crypto, it’s wise to watch for enthusiasm and energy as well as experience. Crypto is a fresh and exciting industry, but its relative newness can make it a challenge to build an extended network. Finding people with significant (or any) experience in crypto isn’t the only important criterion. To grow the space and see it reach its full potential, crypto pioneers need a holistic vision of the industry’s possibilities.Many of the qualities that make for a great potential connection in any industry apply in crypto, too, but it’s when those qualities come with a genuine passion for the space that real progress can happen. Below, 12 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share the qualities they’re searching for when expanding their crypto network.

Company details


Company bio

PopCom has built an automated retail technology platform for vending machines and kiosks that allows retailers to engage and understand their customers, sell more products, and learn from big data. Self-service and automation are the future of retail. But right now, it's a future without data. We're changing that.



Area of focus

Retail Technology
Machine Learning

Company size

11 - 50