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The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast

Oct 8, 2019

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Frederick was born an entrepreneur. He launched and sold his first business at the age of 19 while on active duty in the Air Force. After an honorable discharge in 2005, he went on to build and sell his second business. Although his entrepreneurial spirit often led him to new opportunities, his ambition took him down the wrong path: At the age of 23, he was sent to federal prison for the illegal distribution of marijuana. It was this experience that motivated him to build a solution that would positively impact the lives of people who were being overlooked: his fellow inmates and their families. 

This is where the idea of Pigeonly was born. Frederick launched Pigeonly in 2012 to make it easy for his subscribers to connect with their incarcerated loved ones in just a few simple clicks. One of their most successful and notable products is a low-cost phone solution for notoriously expensive prison phone calls, and another is the ability to easily send any printed letters, postcards, articles, etc. to inmates through the mail. 

With Fredrick’s leadership, Pigeonly has become one of the largest independent inmate service providers in the country. Subscribers in over 88 countries and growing, Pigeonly reduces recidivism by keeping families connected while helping them save millions in these predatory fees every single year.