African-American Owned Mobile Company Donates Phones to Families in Puerto Rico

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African-American Owned Mobile Company Donates Phones to Families in Puerto Rico

Freddie FiggersFreddie Figgers is one of the nation’s largest African-American owned cell phone companies and providers

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, September 27, 2017 – Freddie Figgers, owner of one of the nation’s largest African-American owned cell phone companies and networks, has sent 500 satellite phones with unlimited calls, texts and data to help families affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Figgers said the SIMM cards are fully activated for 90 days free of charge. These sim cards and phones will be distributed out in San Juan to individual families at San Juan Airport.

“The hurricane destroyed the entire island’s telecommunications’ network,” said Figgers, 28, founder of Figgers Communication, who has designed his own phones and developed his own network. “We’re trying to do all can to help these families communicate with each other, and especially their loved ones.”

Figgers Designed First Phone with Automatic Anti-Texting Function

Four years ago, Figgers developed the custom-designed phone the “F1” phone that has automatic anti-texting functionality and super-fast charging. Next month, he is releasing the F2 the company, which will be waterproof and shatterproof. Figgers Communication is currently one of the few telecoms in the country that manufactures its own phone and provides its own service.

As Figgers, who grew up to adopted parents in Quincy FL, looked at the devastation in Puerto Rico, he said he had to do something.“We all need to do our part to make sure that Puerto Rico gets back on its feet.”

Figgers Makes Make At An Early Age

Figgers is a child prodigy. At age 9, Freddie Figgers took apart an old IBM personal computer five times that his father bought at a local Goodwill Store. On the sixth time, he got it working. At age 13, he started working for the city of Quincy as a computer technician and network administrator in its NetQuincy department, setting up the city’s network and helping residents.

At age 16, Figgers started Figgers Computers, repairing computers and installing wireless area networks. By age 17, he created a cloud-based hosting network that stored data for more than 70 clients – law firms, car dealerships and dozens of other companies. By age 18, he had created his own computer operating system. Figgers also designed a VOIP – Voice over Internet Protocol network – that transmits voice to and from the USA from more than 80 countries’ landline and mobile connections. He achieved another milestone in 2011 when the FCC approved the company’s application to own spectrum, leading to the construction of the company’s first cellular tower.

 


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Young Entrepreneurs Launch UTicketIt.com

Ashton & Ryan Clark Seeking to Reach Organizations, Nonprofits, Universities

Ashton and Ryan Clark, twin brothers who are energetic entrepreneurs, have launched UTicketIt.com, an exciting new, interactive online ticketing and event management website designed to help small firms, nonprofit associations, universities and community organization’s open seating events. 

The two recent University of Illinois graduates have spent the bulk of their teen and young adult years, creating, launching and operating several online projects. Now, they are confident they have a product that is secure, low cost, easy to set up and customizable.

“What we found was that many organizations just don’t have the time or expertise to figure out how to best manage their event, keep track of ticket sales or even promote their events,” said Ashton Clark the company’s president, who grew up in the Chicago suburb of Flossmoor.

UTicketIt.com integrates all the required tools to set up event registration, accept payment or donations for a fundraiser (through a client’s PayPal account), print tickets, promote the event through social media using FaceBook and Twitter, and email. Additionally, the system has an extensive reporting system, allowing you to generate sophisticated reports to track ticket sales, pricing and traffic to the website.

“UTicketIt.com allows organizations to create an event, set up ticket sales and manage the whole process,” said Ashton who, along with his brother, were named in 2009 Diversity Executive Magazine’s “Emerging Leaders Under 40”.

To help them fund the project and develop a smart phone app, the Clark brothers recently received $10,000 from TheCASHFLOW and its foundation, 100 Urban Entrepreneurs. The New York company, founded by veteran entrepreneur and media executive Phil Rugile,  provides financing, mentoring and business planning to young entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas.  

The Clark brothers currently operate several other online businesses, including: 247MixTapes.com and LudaKicks.  247MixTapes promotes music compilations – “mix tapes” of performing artists before their albums are released.  Since high school, the brothers have run Ludakicks.com (http://ludakicks.com), an online magazine that offers information about the latest sports footware.  There are several other projects on the drawing board that the twins are planning to release later this year.  “We’re always bouncing ideas off each other,” Ryan said.


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