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David started Dream Pops in 2016. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Dream Pops?
Before jumping head-first into vegan ice cream, I spent quite a bit of time in the finance world. I previously was an investment banking analyst and associate at Houlihan Lokey in their TMT and Consumer Retail divisions.
While there, I was able to grasp an understanding of how businesses were built, capitalized and operated. I decided to leverage this skill-set to pursue my dream of building my own business.
But why ice cream? It’s kind of a funny story and begins in Cartagena, Colombia. After a rocky break-up, my closest friends from college convinced me to go on a boys trip to Cartagena. During that trip, I came across vibrant paletas shops and stands and was intrigued by the ice cream category.
With some inspiration from the booming pressed juice market, I wondered why the same model couldn’t be applied to frozen novelties and plant-based ice cream. I called my childhood friend David Cohen who had experience in the food space working for a company called Yeastie Boys Bagels and we began iterating and toying around with the idea of healthy popsicles.
By chance, my firm offered me the opportunity of a lifetime to move to Milan as an Associate investment banker and I was exposed to the birthplace of ice cream. I managed to come across my partner on an obscure food blog covering the future of ice cream in Europe. After reading about him, I left him multiple voicemails to which he finally answered and agreed to let me visit his lab in Berlin. After I had tried the product he developed, I knew he was onto something and convinced him to partner with us and launch what is now known today as Dream Pops in August of 2016.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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