New Startup Aims To Put Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Out Of Business, And The Internet Isn’t Having It

The idea isn’t terrible, but how they presented it is. Two ex-Google employees, Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan, want to make mom-and-pop bodegas “a thing of the past,” a profile done by Fast Company says. They basically came up with a glorified vending machine that would be placed in apartment buildings, dorms, and gyms with non-perishable food items and general household goods.

“The vision here is much bigger than the box itself,” McDonald says. “Eventually, centralized shopping locations won’t be necessary, because there will be 100,000 Bodegas spread out, with one always 100 feet away from you.”

Users would have to download an app to their phone that would allow them to unlock the boxes. Then, cameras powered with computer vision would register what the user selected and automatically charge their credit card. Clever, I guess, but the fact they didn’t consider how people would react to them saying they’d put  corner shops out of business proves they’re only book smart.

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