There are few things more demoralizing than being treated like garbage, but that is exactly how Freddie Figgers’ life began. Found abandoned near a dumpster, the unwanted newborn was adopted just 13 days later and raised to become a self-made millionaire by age 30.
Fostering Genius In Small Beginnings
Figgers’ adoptive parents recognized his potential early on and gave him the confidence to overcome any challenge by believing in himself. At only nine years old, his father gave him a 1989 computer to tinker with. Within seven years, he was working as a professional computer technician repairing 50-60 computers a week out of his backyard. He soon developed a cloud database he marketed to local companies and was granted four patents.
Unconventional Road To Success
While his peers were pursuing college degrees, Freddie decided to drop out, buy a cell phone tower and become the youngest person in history to hold an FCC license. Today, Figgers Communications is valued at $62.3 million and provides 4G wireless service without contracts across 18 cell phone towers. As featured in the first episode of Netflix’ Trigger Warning with Killer Mike, Figgers is the only black-owned telecommunication company in the country. After watching the show many people expressed interest in joining the network.
Inspiration From Close To Home
When his father began suffering from an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Freddie invented a senior citizen monitoring device to enable GPS tracking and two-way communication with the wearer. Today, Freddie Figgers is CEO and president of Figgers Health, a division of Figgers Communications, that is anchored to the mission of providing direct-to-consumer medical devices at an accessible price. Figgers expressed in an interview, “I believe in People over Profit. Healthcare should be for all. I wanted to help others through accountability.”
Starting with the Diabetes epidemic, Figgers Health has developed the SMART Gluco 2 Wireless Monitoring System. This FDA-approved pocket-sized device enables loved ones and care providers to access real-time glucose monitoring results with the touch of a button. “For far too long, large diabetic medical supply corporations has made billions of dollars profiting from this horrible disease by taking advantage of consumers with outrageous cost. We could have easily sold our invention to any Medical supply company, but that would only be adding to the problem,” Figgers explained on Facebook. “We have a solution that’s all in one and it remotely manages diabetics 24/7. But best of all affordability for all patients. WE PUT PEOPLE OVER PROFIT.”
Giving Back To The Community
Having experienced first-hand the impact generosity can have, Freddie is giving back in every way he knows how. Through the Figgers Foundation, he is committed to furnishing classrooms with the supplies they need.
In September 2019, this included a donation of 20 new computers to Sarasota Military Academy to replace old, outdated models. Accepting the donation in a special presentation, Language Arts Department Chair SMA-MAJ Sylvia Gillotte, highlighted Figgers position as a role model for the cadets: “Abandoned in a dumpster as an infant, Freddie was adopted by a loving couple who encouraged and supported his fascination with computers at an early age. Early tinkering nurtured a curiosity and love of technology that led to the creation of cloud computing services at age 15, and ultimately, to his development of four patents. He is an incredibly inspiring person for our cadets to have the opportunity to learn from, and we are grateful for this donation to our Academy.”
Moving Forward with Plans to Affect Change
Posting to Facebook in August 2019, Figgers commented, “This will be a long shot, but before I leave this world. I guarantee you I am going to change it for the better.” From being found near a dumpster to dropping out of college, Freddie Figgers’ road to success has been anything but ordinary. Yet nothing seems impossible for this young entrepreneur.
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