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- SUCCESS BEYOND BARS: HOW PIGEONLY CONNECTS FAMILIES WITH THE INCARCERATED Black Enterprise
BLACK ENTERPRISE has developed the Success Beyond Bars video series — sponsored by Koch Industries — to spotlight individuals who have been ...
- Ex-Cons Create 'Instagram for Prisons,' and Wardens Are Fine With That Bloomberg
Pigeonly, InmateAid and Flikshop are offering a cheaper way for families to connect with incarcerated loved ones.
- Pigeonly Uses Technology to Help Inmates Stay in Touch with Family and Friends madison365.com
While in federal prison, Frederick Hutson went through the tremendous difficulty that American inmates have trying to communicate with their family and friends ...
- Tech CEO talks 'doing good and doing well' at opening of new AmFam institute Madison.com
When Frederick Hutson went to prison in 2007 for selling marijuana — “lots and lots and lots of marijuana,” as he'll tell you — it became clear to him that staying ...
- Pigeonly's CEO helps prison inmates USA TODAY
In spite of jail time, Pigeonly founder Frederick Hutson has flown to the top of the tech start-up heap with his prisoner-focused company that aims to make it ...
- Released From Prison, and Starting a Company New York Times
Like most entrepreneurs, Frederick Hutson cannot resist trying to solve a thorny problem. His company, Pigeonly, based in Las Vegas, taps an underserved and ...
- How This Man Built A $3M Business A Year After Four Years In Prison Forbes
Frederick Hutson is a man who sees business opportunities in everything. By his own admission, this doesn't always work out for the best. Hutson spent over ...
- Ex-con app developers are disrupting price-gouging prison phones The Hustle
Several inmate messaging apps that were launched by enterprising ex-cons are changing the way that families communicate with their incarcerated loved ones.
- Over 100 People Invest in Inmate Connection Platform Pigeonly Black Enterprise
Due to the lack of venture funding doled out to minority founders, many startups are finding success through equity crowdfunding, a process that allows everyday ...
- App Lets Families Easily Send Printed Photos to Their Loved Ones in Jail With a Swipe of a Button Good News Network
An app that is being called “Instagram for Prisons” allows families to stay in connect with inmates simply by taking a cell phone picture.
- Ex-con launches startup aimed at inmates CNNMoney
In 2007, Frederick Hutson was sentenced to 51 months in prison for distributing marijuana. The operation had been netting him $500,000 annually -- and once ...
- Pigeon.ly, A Startup Focused On Serving The U.S. Prison Population, Joins Y Combinator TechCrunch
Ever since he was a teenager, Frederick Hutson has had a knack for business. When he was 19, he built a window-tinting business that he then turned around ...
- Ex-cons make the best employees and entrepreneurs MarketWatch
New research suggests workers with criminal records stay in their jobs longer. Former inmates who struggled to find work tell Moneyish about starting their...
- From Inmate to Entreprenuer: How an Ex-Felon Created a $3 Million Startup Helping Prisoners Complex
We talked to an ex-felon to hear about how he overcame the barriers of prison (and the stigma of having been a prisoner) and used it to his advantage.
- Prison board airs policy barring greeting cards after drug-related state prison lockdowns LancasterOnline
Greeting cards will no longer be able to be directly mailed to inmates at Lancaster County Prison following a spate of illnesses at state prisons linked to synthetic ...
- Many know Ben Jealous, NAACP president. Meet Ben Jealous, venture capitalist Baltimore Sun
As a venture capitalist, Ben Jealous invested in education and social justice firms. Some were successes. At least one ran into trouble.
- How Facebook is changing employee bonuses to focus on social progress The Verge
Facebook is changing the way it gives bonuses to employees to incentivize making the world a better place. How much will it matter?
- Kapor Capital outperforms by 'closing gaps' for communities of color ImpactAlpha
ImpactAlpha, May 10 – Every investment firm aspires to rank in the top quartile of comparable firms. Not many achieve that rank by focusing exclusively on ...
- How An Ex-Inmate's Startup Is Improving Prisoners' Lives Fast Company
With Pigeonly, Frederick Hutson is using technology to keep convicts connected to friends and family–and maybe turn their lives around.
- From Convict to Coding: How One Man is Connecting America’s Inmates NationSwell
Pigeonly creates a platform for photo-sharing, inexpensive calling and information services for an unusual consumer market.
- Episode 610: The Prisoner's Solution : Planet Money NPR
Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.
- “Meet the Drapers” Season 2 to start soon globally newsindiatimes.com
“Meet the Drapers” is the world's first crowdfunding-based startup reality show which debuted with its first season last year. The show features the Drapers, ...
- These entrepreneurs are using their own experience to disrupt the prison industry Baltimore Business Journal
While serving their time, these men realized some of the problems within the prison industry and have now dedicated their adult lives to confronting them with ...
- Hear about the challenges of using tech for good at Disrupt SF TechCrunch
Ride-hailing, social interactions from behind tiny screens and fitness tracking are just a few of the things we've all become accustomed to thanks to innovative ...
- From Prison to Silicon Valley: How One Entrepreneur Spun a Jail Sentence Into a Y-Combinator Backed Startup Entrepreneur
For even the most well-connected first-time entrepreneur, pitching investors can be a rejection-filled exercise in angst. Now, swap the stereotypical Stanford ...
- SOCAP, Conscious Company Media, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announce Inaugural SPECTRUM Conference Yahoo Finance
ATLANTA, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) and Conscious Company Media (CCM) will host the inaugural SPECTRUM ...
- Edovo closes $9.8 million to expand tablet-based inmate education ImpactAlpha
ImpactAlpha, April 10 – If three makes a trend, startups aimed at reducing overincarceration are onto something. The most recent to raise capital is Edovo, based ...
- Quicken hires Mehlman Castagnetti Politico
With David Beavers and Daniel Lippman. NEW BUSINESS: Quicken Loans has added Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas to its lineup of Washington ...
- Former Prisoners Rethink Criminal Justice Through Entrepreneurship And Civic Technology TechCrunch
Reentry has to begin the moment you're sentenced to prison. You've got to start planning to come home.” That's the motif of Teresa Hodge, who co-founded ...
- How did a former federal inmate start a $3 million business? Christian Science Monitor
Frederick Hutson spent four years in federal prison for a drug offense, and while inside he spent long hours crafting numerous business plans. Today he is a ...
- What leaders can learn from Facebook's data debacle CNN
Ama Marston is a strategy and leadership expert. She is the author of "Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World." The opinions ...
- The Impact Alpha: Strategic lenses give impact investors an edge on the future ImpactAlpha
At a recent summer gathering, I caught up with an old family friend, a lawyer and leader in a mid-sized New England city. He had just run a tough campaign as ...
- Prison inmates pay this woman to create and run their Facebook pages almost 100 hours a week Business Insider
How Renea Royster gives prisoners access to the digital world.
- The Brief's Big 10: Moving beyond trade-offs, LeapFrog's big raise, Kapor's impact edge, Blackstone jumps in, Agents of Impact extinction alert ImpactAlpha
TGIF, Agents of Impact! Featured: The Brief's Big 10. 1. Beyond Trade-offs: The debate moves on. Getting “beyond trade-offs” doesn't mean there are no ...
- SUCCESS STORY: PIGEONLY - Frederick Hutson Industry Leaders Magazine
Pigeonly CEO, Frederick Hutson was just 24 when he became the Pigeonly owner and the Pigeonly founder connecting inmates with their families and loved ...
- This app helps inmates stay connected with friends and family. Its founder knows the struggle Technical.ly Baltimore
After being released from a 10-year sentence, Walter Price was “determined to do something for that community.” Meet Jail Mail. This app helps inmates stay ...
- How New Forms of Philanthropy Are Squeezing Traditional Charities The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Getty Images. Carolyn Esparza, executive director of Community Solutions of El Paso, fights for every penny of her budget, and has for many years. To pay for ...
- Is Ben Jealous What Progressives Want? The Atlantic
The former NAACP chief wants to turn Maryland into a progressive beacon, fusing Bernie-style economic policy with racial justice. But first he has to win his ...
- Venture Capital In Silicon Valley Isn't Diverse, And That's A Problem Fast Company
Venture capital has a bigger stake in tech's diversity problem than many recognize. Now's the time to own up.
- 7 Best Venture Capitalists for Black Entrepreneurs Black Enterprise
These venture capitalists are not only some of the top investors but many of them are committed to spending dollars with black-owned businesses.
- The Forprofit Social Enterprise Is The Impact Model Of The Future Forbes
Large or small, social enterprises that focus on building a successful for-profit company can change the world for the better.
- Diversity in Venture Capital: Scenes From Culture Shifting Weekend Xconomy
While women and minorities make up 70 percent of the population, less than two percent of the tens of trillions of dollars in the asset management.
- Can a Blue Wave in a Blue State Make Ben Jealous Maryland's First African American Governor? The American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Thirty-six governor's mansions are up for grabs this November, ...
- How a Convicted Felon Built a $3 Million Startup Straight Out of Prison NextShark
Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some businesses, served in the U.S. Air Force and had been ...
- Here Are The Companies That Presented At Y Combinator Demo Day 1 TechCrunch
It's that time again! Today was Demo Day 1 (of 2) for Y Combinator's Winter 2015 class — when investors and reporters get their first in-person look at many of ...
- 9 Ways to Help Fathers in Prison for Cannabis Leafly
Many of those serving time for cannabis in prison are fathers. Read about all the ways you can help fathers in prison for cannabis this Father's Day.
- The Tech Industry's Missed Opportunity: Funding Black Women Founders Fast Company
Black women are the most educated and entrepreneurial group in the U.S., yet they receive less than 1% of VC funding.
- Trying to break the mold: In gubernatorial bid, Jealous draws on civil rights roots Washington Post
Democratic nominee for Maryland governor has struggled to build a coalition against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
- US Air Force Vet Goes From Inmate to Entrepreneur ABC News
Las Vegas - Frederick Hutson always wanted to be a businessman. "I always knew I'll be doing something entrepreneurial," he said. After graduating from high ...
- In good company: Companies create social impact while earning profits Forbes India
Youth today are not just *content* competing in the corporate steeplechase. They also want to make a difference.
- Here are our favorite startups from the Harvard of tech accelerators Quartz
Y Combinator is an accelerator that hosts what are widely considered the most coveted tech startups in the world, and this most recent class is no different.
- The Top 25 Veteran-Founded Startups In America Forbes Now
“Vetrepreneurship” is sweeping the country. The SBA reports that 25% of Post-9/11 veterans want to start their own businesses. Over the past two months, we ...
- In the business world, diversity pays. Really. Washington Post
Studies show that a more diverse workforce helps companies think and earn outside the box.
- Meet the Full-Service Social Media Secretary for Prisoners The Marshall Project
How Renea Royster gives prisoners access to the digital world.
- How She's Coaxing Hedge Fund Bucks to Solve Social Issues OZY
Liz Luckett is pioneering a new kind of investment fund, aimed at low-margin businesses solving social problems.
- 5 Ex-Convicts Who Turned Their Lives Around and Became Entrepreneurs iamWire
Going to prison could leave a lifelong scar on one's life. Nevertheless, there are people who have proved, whatever may be the circumstances, if there is a will ...
- Unlocked Potential: From Incarceration to Entrepreneurship Entrepreneur
A former inmate's determination to change life's course and his bold request to be mentored has yielded uplifting results.
- Ben Jealous is the second candidate for Maryland governor with tech ties Technical.ly Baltimore
The former NAACP president has been a partner at social impact investing firm Kapor Capital since 2014. Ben Jealous is the second candidate for Maryland ...
- 9 Extremely Clever Startup Funding Stories Entrepreneur
No launch capital? Don't let it stop you. See what these entrepreneurs did.
- Maryland Fund Offers Startup Help to Minority Entrepreneurs Next City
"I want to see people coming at solving problems from an angle that you don't commonly see."
- Opinion: In white male tech world, why capitalism needs an upgrade CNN
Mitch Kapor and Ben Jealous worry that a lack of diversity in tech is stalling innovation. Capitalism is America's operating system but it needs an upgrade.
- Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 Agenda TechCrunch
TechCrunch Disrupt is the world's biggest and most impactful tech startup conference, and this year, we're upping the stakes even more. Taking place at ...
- These 5 financial heroes are improving vulnerable people's lives Mic
Money can be confusing, and the vast majority of us don't have nearly enough of it — or at least not as much as we'd like. That's why those folks who find a way ...
- Harbor Bank plots incubator to support minority startups, entrepreneurs Baltimore Business Journal
The bank plans to use a vacant floor in its Baltimore headquarters to open a new co-lab space to serve as part-incubator/accelerator and part-community ...
- 9 Intangible Assets Dominant Entrepreneurs Possess Entrepreneur
The traditional model of judging a person's professional worth is broken. These qualities matter more.
- Fotopigeon, An Inmate Photo-Sharing Service, Re-Launches With New Distinctive Features PR Web
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) August 11, 2014 -- Fotopigeon, a cost effective photo-sharing *service*, has re-launched its system with new, distinctive features,
- Creating space for Black startups in Baltimore Technical.ly Baltimore
A pitch event at Harbor Bank and the Baltimore Black Tech Mixer highlight a growing network of local resources for entrepreneurs of color. Creating space for ...
- raceAhead: NPR Examines Implicit Bias Fortune
The social science behind implicit bias isn't new, but an NPR podcast talks to people approaching it from very new angles.
- New Inmate Calling Service Significantly Lowers Cost and Helps Families Stay in Touch With Incarcerated Loved Ones PR Web
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (PRWEB) October 15, 2013 -- Telepigeon, a new telephone calling *service* for prison inmates and families recently launched, making it ...
- Meet Brian Dixon, Partner at Kapor Capital VatorNews
Meet Brian Dixon, Partner at Kapor Capital. An interview with one of the newest partners at Kapor, an Oakland-based and social-focused firm by Ronny Kerr on ...
- After the NAACP The New Republic
The first full day of autumn felt like midsummer in West Baltimore, and Ben Jealous was sweating with his blazer off. Jealous is running for governor, and he had ...
- What The Kapors Have Learned From Years Of Working On Diversity in Tech TechCrunch
Almost one year ago, Google released its diversity data, kicking off a wide-ranging industry conversation about why tech companies and venture capital firms are ...
- Proud century for Lise Nørgaard, the creator of 'Matador' The Copenhagen Post - Danish news in english
Proud century for Lise Nørgaard, the creator of 'Matador'
- Phebe Novakonic is General Dynamics' Secret Weapon Industry Leaders Magazine
At 17, Phebe Novakovic knew she was bound for the defense world. Now 57 years old, she is the CEO of a $30 billion dollar defense company, General ...
- Leadership Goals: Finding Your Purpose Industry Leaders Magazine
Leadership is an evolving journey. The rough-and-tumble lying before you is often unpredictable. But, that doesn't mean that you need to lead without a map.