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- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- Startup helps connect inmates with their loved ones CGTN America
Twelve years ago, Frederick Hutson was arrested for marijuana distribution and spent nearly five years in prison. Today, he's the CEO of the startup Pigeonly.
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- From Prison to Y Combinator Graduate to Megamillion-Dollar Business Entrepreneur
Andrew Medal chats with Frederick Hutson, the co-founder and CEO of Pigeonly. Hutson created a multimillion-dollar business after going to prison for five ...
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 ...
- Ex-Con Makes $3 Million With 'Pigeonly' Inmate Service Site The Source
Pigeon.ly is an online inmate *service* site that was created by an ex-con by the name of Frederick Hutson. The initial business venture was essentially started ...
- Equity crowdfunding changes who gets financed ImpactAlpha
ImpactAlpha, May 21 – Three years after the equity crowdfunding exemption in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act took effect, startups and other ...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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?
- 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 ...
- “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, ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- How New Forms of Philanthropy Are Squeezing Traditional Charities The Chronicle of Philanthropy
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 her group's ...
- 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 ...
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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.
- Most Successful Businesses that got their Start on Instagram Industry Leaders Magazine
Instagram is crowded with brands trying to make it big on the platform. Cutting through the noise are successful businesses on Instagram that deliver quality ...
- 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 ...
- 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.
- 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 ...
- Tech Venture Capital In Silicon Valley Isn't Diverse, And That's A Problem For America Venture Fast Company
Venture capital has a bigger stake in tech's diversity problem than many recognize. Now's the time to own up.
- 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 ...
- The NYC Venture Capital News Digest: 2/1/19 AlleyWatch
This bi-weekly column covers the latest news from venture capital firms in NYC for the second half of January 2019 featuring must know news including news for ...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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.
- Meet the Social Media Editor for America's Prisoners VICE
For up to 100 hours a week, Renea Royster helps prison inmates post on Facebook, meet women, and keep track of fantasy sports, among other projects.
- Trying to break the mold: In gubernatorial bid, Jealous draws on civil rights roots Washington Post
First of two profiles of the major-party candidates for Maryland governor. It was Day 497 of Ben Jealous's roller-coaster journey to try to unseat one of the ...
- 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 ...
- 9 Extremely Clever Startup Funding Stories Entrepreneur
So you think your business idea is dead because you can't find an investor? Most new entrepreneurs feel the same way. Through email exchanges with ...
- 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."
- 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.
- 9 Intangible Assets Dominant Entrepreneurs Possess Entrepreneur
The traditional model of judging a person's professional worth is broken. These qualities matter more.
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- Demystifying impact investing for newcomers — and the rest of us (podcast) ImpactAlpha
... rest of us (podcast). Brian Walsh. There's a lot of confusion around the term “impact investing.” A recent panel discussion in New York tried to clear it up.
- 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 ...
- 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,
- 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 ...
- Why Diversity In Tech Matters: 'People Solve Problems That They See' NPR
Host Michel Martin talks to a roundtable of activists and innovators about the future of technology, and recruiting the next generation of African-Americans and ...
- 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 ...
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- raceAhead: Podcast Presents New Ideas For Tackling 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.
- Today in Uber History: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns Industry Leaders Magazine
Uber Technologies Inc. co-founder Travis Kalanick resigns as chief executive of the ride-hailing *service*. The resignation comes during a time when the company ...
- Proud century for Lise Nørgaard, the creator of 'Matador' The Copenhagen Post - Danish news in english
This statue of Lise Nørgaard (right) on Algade, the main street in Roskilde, was unveiled by Danish actress Ghita Nørby (Ingeborg Skjern in 'Matador', centre) in ...
- Savour IKEA's Swedish Meatballs to Your Heart's Content at New Standalone Restaurants Industry Leaders Magazine
IKEA food has seen tremendous love from customers for its Swedish meatballs and is now mulling over a potential standalone restaurant.
- Target to lay off thousands of jobs in cost-cutting moves Industry Leaders Magazine
Target Corp announced on Tuesday that it will downsize the workforce over the next two years as part of a restructuring that will cut more than $2 bn in costs.
- Second Edition of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is out as a Wagon Industry Leaders Magazine
The second edition of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo has been unveiled in the form of a wagon and will be publicly launched at the Geneva motor show.