Her model has led to a wide range of investments. There’s Pigeonly, for example, which provides cut-rate communication services to connect America’s roughly 2.3 million prison inmates with their families on the outside, or Clinicas del Azúcar (Sugar Clini
Nineteen-year-old Frederick Hutson had a thriving business in 2003. The young entrepreneur took delivery of kilos of marijuana from a drug cartel in Nogales, Mexico, at a mailbox store he owned in Las Vegas and then repackaged and shipped it to contacts i
Right now there are nearly 2 million inmates in state, federal, and juvenile prisons in the United States. Ninety-five percent of them will eventually be freed, and nearly 700,000 of them are released every year—but two-thirds re-offend within three years
For even the most well-connected first-time entrepreneur, pitching investors can be a rejection-filled exercise in angst. Now, swap the stereotypical Stanford education for a four-year stint in federal prison, and replace the quintessential Uber-of-X app
Frederick Hutson was just 24 and living in St. Petersburg, Florida, when he was convicted on a drug trafficking charge. The Air Force veteran spent four years behind bars, serving out his sentence in eight different correctional facilities.
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 after Hutson served a four year bid. He originally was busted at his Vegas mail store, where he'
At the age 24, Frederick Hutson was convicted on drug charges and sent to prison for four years. Serving his sentence in eight different prisons and unable to stay connected with his family and loved ones, Hutson developed a business plan in jail for his
It was Frederick Hutson's first ride on “Con Air.” He boarded in Las Vegas while pondering what awaited him at trial in Florida, where he had been shipping hundreds of pounds of marijuana for the past four years.
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 discharged honorably. However, things took a major turn for the worse in 2007, when at a mere 24 years of
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 four years in prison after getting busted for an opportunity he saw in drug trafficking, a huge mar
Not far from the slot machines and neon lights of the Strip, a few dozen tech companies hammer away at the future in a downtown area revitalized by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh. But you can bet that no founder here has a stranger story than Pigeonly CEO Fred
One of the first Google for Entrepreneurs partners, NewME Accelerator is a 12-week program for underrepresented tech founders. NewME founder Angela Benton and NewMe Accelerator graduates Khisaun Ferguson and Frederick Hutson share their experiences as min
Like most entrepreneurs, Frederick Hutson cannot resist trying to solve a thorny problem. His company, Pigeonly, based in Las Vegas, taps an underserved and “captive” market by offering prison inmates an easy and efficient way to receive photos from loved
While it's proven that Blacks are prone to buy gadgets and use social media and text messaging more than other races. Getting a business off the ground in the digital world may seem out of reach for many African Americans who don't have a high-tech educat
So we're thrilled to announce Pigeon.ly as the latest addition to our portfolio of Kapor Capital investments. Pigeon.ly provides a platform that allows for targeting and converting of consumers that exist beyond the reach of traditional marketing.