Frederick Hutson is the Founder/CEO of Pigeonly,a technology company that focuses on building products for overlooked and underserved markets. A born entrepreneur, he launched and sold his first business at the age of 19 while on active duty in the Air Force. He soon left the military (with an honorable discharge) to launch his second business which he also sold for a profit.
Though his entrepreneurial spirit often led him to new opportunities, one in particular led him to assist his friend’s St. Petersburg FL-based business to more efficiently distribute marijuana. At the age of 24, he was convicted for drug trafficking. After being moved around to 8 different federal prisons in 4 years, Frederick’s family experienced first hand the difficulty in staying in contact with him, both financially and systematically, and as a result, the idea of creating products that solve problems for demographics that most people would not pay attention to was born – inmates. Pigeonly’s flagship product is the first of its kind, a data platform that uses algorithms to collect and organize data on the nation’s incarcerated, transforming it into usable information that benefits inmates and society.
Upon Frederick’s release in 2012, he garnered financial support from family and friends to launch the first phase of his business. He then went on join a San Francisco-based accelerator program, NewME Accelerator, which assisted him in further redefining the business concept and get it prepared to pitch for venture capital funding.
Today, Frederick and his business partner Alonzo Brooks, are leading a team of 25 from their Las Vegas headquarters, having raised $4.8 million dollars of funding to date from Silicon Valley investors. Most recently the company launched two additional products Fotopigeon and Telepigeon that address and solve the communication challenges between inmates and their support network of family and friends by offering them an easy and efficient way to receive photos from loved ones and to make phone calls to them inexpensively.