Left in a Dumpster at Birth, This Young Entrepreneur Is Now Making Millions
The life of Freddie Figgers is a prime example of the saying "It's not how you start but how you finish." Abandoned in a dumpster only two days after his birth, Figgers was placed into foster care.
However, his story, even with its rough beginnings, had quite the happy ending. With his knowledge and business acumen, the young man has gone on to create a multimillion-dollar empire in the telecommunications field.
A Heartbreaking Start
The beginning of Figgers' story was far from a fairytale. A few days after his birth in 1989, the gifted entrepreneur’s biological mother discarded him in a dumpster. The unfortunate choice left the infant without a parent or family member to care for him.
A Forever Family
At only two days old, Figgers was placed in the foster care system. Though he was a newborn, the experience very well may have been traumatizing to him. However, he didn't have to wait long to find parents to love and care for him.
The Dumpster Baby
Figgers grew up happily with his caring adoptive parents. They made sure that he was well fed and clothed and received the love that his biological mom couldn't give him. However, not every part of his life was happy.
A Love of Computers
To keep his son out of trouble, Nathan Figgers found a cheap but life-changing present for Freddie. The father paid $25 for a broken 1989 Macintosh computer. He figured the young boy could play around with it in his free time.
That strong knowledge of computers at such a young age would prove helpful. In a day when computers were becoming more popular, doors opened for the young man due to his skill set. He began to fix people’s computers around the neighborhood and did pretty well in his new craft.
Serving His City
At age 15, Figgers was able to snag his first official job working for the city of Quincy. He served as a computer technician and network administrator. After school, he worked a few hours each day. His main tasks involved repairing computers for the city’s offices.
Respectful and Hardworking
During his time there, Figgers also supplied computer training to the city's employees and citizens. He gave his all, making sure that his tasks were completed efficiently and with excellence. The young man was willing to go the extra mile and didn't squander his opportunity.
A Young Entrepreneur
Though Figgers enjoyed his time with Quincy’s city departments, he knew he wanted to be an employer and not an employee. At the age of 16, he decided to step out on his own. He started to repair computers for consumers and local businesses in his free time after school.
Cloud-based Hosting Network
Figgers ran his company from his parents' home. He often received 20 to 40 computers a week, repairing their hardware or fighting viruses for clients. However, he had bigger ideas on his mind. A year later, Figgers began to research servers and their potential to share data and resources with users from one place.
Figgers Computers and Networks
The young man's research prompted Figgers to start another company called Figgers Computers and Networks. With this new venture, the budding entrepreneur worked with local businesses in need of website hosting and data storage at low prices.
With his brain power, creativity and ability to pick things up quickly, Figgers kept building the foundation for his blossoming empire. With his success, he decided that it would be best to skip college. "I wouldn’t recommend my path to everyone," said Figgers said to The Washington Post, "but it worked for me."
Even with all he had accomplished at such a young age, Figgers still had more that he wanted to do. He was astounded by the idea of telecommunications and cell phones and knew that the trend would only become bigger with every passing year. He even studied how voice calls worked.
Even though Figgers had achieved great things, he wasn't exempt from experiencing failures. When he developed his operating system and began selling it, he ran into various problems with clients using it. With so many people using Microsoft Windows, the system had many compatibility issues.
The Big Break
In his early twenties, the young businessman developed a huge idea. After his father Nathan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Figgers decided to create a GPS tracker program to keep tabs on his father when he wandered off.
Figgers struggled to deal with his emotions as his father went through the worsening stages of the disease. "It was difficult to watch him decline — it’s something you never forget," Figgers told The Washington Post. Nathan Figgers passed away in 2014.
While he was grieving the loss of his father, Figgers had started his telecommunications network under the name Figgers Communications. He used the money he’d earned from the sale of his GPS tracking program to get the company off of the ground in 2009.
After years of building up a strong clientele and investor portfolio, Figgers Wireless began to offer a variety of products for consumers at an affordable cost. The products range from smartphones and TVs to other top-quality electronics.
America’s First 5G Smartphone
Figgers Wireless developed the first 5G smartphone made in America with the Figgers F3 model. The smartphone has facial recognition and a fingerprint sensor, along with the option for multi-user profiles with two active numbers to separate a person’s business and personal communications.
Another great product that Figgers developed through his company is the wireless F-Buds headphones. Much like Apple AirPods, the F-Buds connect to a phone or another device through Bluetooth technology.
Though he's been successful, Figgers hasn't forgotten his very humble beginnings and where he grew up. He started the Figgers Foundation to support his community in Florida and other areas. Through the foundation, the entrepreneur regularly donates to a variety of causes.
Sarasota Military Academy Donation
One major donation Figgers made through his foundation was to the Sarasota Military Academy, a public charter school in Florida. The foundation donated 20 computers to cadets at the school, providing much-needed replacements for older, outdated models in the language arts classrooms.
Donation to Puerto Rico
Another big donation Figgers provided happened after hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Figgers’ company donated 500 satellite phones and SIM cards with unlimited calls, texts and data to impacted families.
Healthy Lifestyle Ideas
Figgers has another business solely focused on helping people improve their quality of life by making healthy choices. Figgers Health is dedicated to creating innovative technologies to facilitate better health for people with chronic diseases. For those with diabetes, the company has created a portable pocket-sized glucose meter that tests blood glucose levels.
In addition to all of these companies and products, Figgers has other successful ventures out there that add to his long resume. He has his own credit and debit card line called FiggCash that issues a premium luxury card for all credit types.
Even though his story didn’t have a happy beginning, Figgers is at peace and proud of where he ended up in life. He’s also proud of the impact he’s making. He never did meet his biological mom, who he learned was a prostitute and a drug addict. He has no desire to get in contact with her.
Starting a Family
Figgers has used the life lessons that his father and mother taught him over the years with his own family. He’s married to attorney Natalie Figgers, who also plays a big role in his company when it comes to legal matters. The couple has a young daughter, Rose.
Sharing His Story
With his humble beginnings and incredible rise to success, it’s no wonder that many publications wanted to learn more about Figgers. His story has been shared in several print and online publications, including HuffPost, Forbes, Black Enterprise and many others. He’s also been featured on the Tamron Hall Show.
A Celebrity Partnership
Because of Figgers’ work and knowledge, he entered into a partnership with Grammy-nominated rapper Jeezy. The two work together to market high-quality wireless products that rival current competitor standards. However, these products will be available at much more affordable prices.
Advice to Kids
Having started his business as a young kid, Figgers now wants to inspire other young budding entrepreneurs with big dreams. He regularly shares his story with kids to inspire them to dream big and work for what they want in life. His major words of wisdom include having faith in the dream, no matter how dire things seem.
A Living Inspiration
Figgers continues to develop new products and ideas for his companies, growing income and a wider customer base. His love of learning and natural talent helped get him to where he is today. The mogul is even more dedicated to his work than ever before.