Gower is founder of 5 high growth technology companies, each of which has attained a leadership market-share position in its sector.
Having invented the first high-tech vending machines Gower is widely regarded as the founder of the automated retail industry.
Smith started ZoomSystems in 2002, launching the first automated retail store in 2005. Revenues grew 2,194 percent from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, ZoomSystems was recognized by Deloitte as the No. 2 fastest-growing company in Silicon Valley, and has partnered with companies such as Apple, Sony, Proactiv, AT&T, Benefit Cosmetics, Best Buy, L’Oréal, Macy’s, Media-Saturn, Nespresso and NTT. Smith handed off his CEO responsibility at ZoomSystems in 2011.
In 2013, Smith co-founded Swyft Inc. to provide increased convenience to customers through a more scalable and disruptive next-generation automated retail business. Swyft offers retailers a low-risk, turnkey solution to quickly enter the profitable and expanding automated retail segment in high-profile locations, such as malls and airports.