We focus on markets that are overlooked and underserved, particularly, in minority communities.
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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.
- “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, ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 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?
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- Many know Ben Jealous, NAACP president. Meet the venture capitalist Cecil Daily
BALTIMORE — After stepping down as president of the NAACP in 2013, Ben Jealous met with his friend Mitch Kapor, a multimillionaire tech entrepreneur, and ...
- 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.
- After Serving Time, This Entrepreneur Came up With a Better Way for Inmates to Stay in Touch With Family and Friends Entrepreneur
Frederick Hutson created and sold his first company while serving in the Air Force as an F-16 Fighter Jet engineer. After leaving the military with an honorable ...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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, ...
- The Economist Events' Investing for Impact Conference to Spark Critical Discussion Among Thought Leaders About Investing for Good in Challenging Times Business Wire
The Economist Events is pleased to announce that “Investing for Impact: Risk, return and the future of the world” will be held in New York City on Feb.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Black CEOs share tips for venturing into tech businesses Chicago Reader
BlackInTech panel gives advice, tips for Chicago techies of color.
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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 Full-Service Social Media Secretary for Prisoners The Marshall Project
How Renea Royster gives prisoners access to the digital world.
- “Meet the Drapers”, the crowdfunding reality show by Sony Entertainment Television, is again on the hunt for the next big idea; Season 2 going global Indiantelevision.com
Meet the Drapers” Season 1 debuted the world's first crowdfunding-based startup reality show in 2017-2018, featuring the Drapers -- Silicon Valley's legendary ...
- 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 ...
- 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 Legacy and Leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Future Challenges and Opportunities Jewish Exponent
$15 Registration SPACES ARE LIMITED. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Questions? Please contact Hilary Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.665.2300.
- 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 ...
- In the business world, diversity pays. Really. Washington Post
Studies show that a more diverse workforce helps companies think and earn outside the box.
- These 5 financial heroes are improving vulnerable people’s lives Mic
Grim headlines getting you down? Here are five money heroes to inspire you with their altruism and hustle.
- 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."
- 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder prides powerful interior technology Industry Leaders Magazine
2020 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder prototype depicts a face-lifted Huracan model featuring new front and rear bumpers, revised air vents with other exclusive ...
- 9 Intangible Assets Dominant Entrepreneurs Possess Entrepreneur
The traditional model of judging a person's professional worth is broken. These qualities matter more.
- 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 ...
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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.
- 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 ...
- 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,
- 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 ...
- 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 ...
- 3 Important Management Lessons from Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard Commencement Speech Industry Leaders Magazine
What are the management lessons that we can learn from Zuckerberg's commencement speech? Let's have a look at what the CEO of Facebook has to say.
- How This Tech Conference Uses Science to Drive Face-to-Face Interaction BizBash
Filling two massive pavilions in downtown Las Vegas's World Market Center from May 5 to 6 was the Collision tech conference. It was an event where attendees ...
- 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'
- Leadership and 10 Great Leaders from History Industry Leaders Magazine
Leadership has been defined as a process through which a person influences and motivates others to get involved in accomplishment of a particular task.
- The FIFA World Cup: A Winning Opportunity for SMEs Industry Leaders Magazine
Here's a wider look on how FIFA World Cup provided SMEs a magnificent chance to magnetize a prospective loyal customer base with new products, improved ...
- The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette 65 Is A Limited Edition Anniversary Present Industry Leaders Magazine
To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette, General Motors has planned to roll out the premium carbon 65 edition for the C7 Corvette Z06 and ...
- Samsung Group Merges Cheil Industries with Samsung C&T Industry Leaders Magazine
On Tuesday, the South Korean company, Samsung Group announced to merge with two major affiliates -Cheil Industries and Samsung C&T, as the business ...
- Black Tech Week Aims To Enhance Blacks In Technology | South Florida Caribbean News South Florida Caribbean News
Black Tech Week connects entrepreneurs with the people and tools they need to increase the number of startups that are founded by people of color.
- NASA's 10-Engine Drone Is Half Chopper, and Half Plane Industry Leaders Magazine
NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a brand-new, battery-powered drone having 10 engines that can take off like a helicopter.
- Snapchat Lands itself into a Quirky World of Bitstrips' Comic Avatars Industry Leaders Magazine
Snapchat is buying the Bitmoji maker in a deal, which is valued for approximately $100M in cash and stock.
- China emerges as 5th arms exporter in the world Industry Leaders Magazine
Newest survey by much valued Swedish think-tank showed that China emerged as the world's fifth-largest arms exporter, thereby bypassing the UK. The China's ...
- Wal-mart partners with Wild Oats to offer Organic Food Products at budget friendly prices Industry Leaders Magazine
In a bid to make organic food affordable to customers, nation's largest retailer Wal-Mart is trying to re-launch its organic food items at up to 25% cheaper rates.