Freddie Figgers is an American inventor and self-taught software engineer and a computer programmer. He is the founder and CEO of the Figgers Communication. A college dropout, he is the inventor of Figgers F1, he has four patents to his name. In other word he has his own smart phone company manufacturer, Figgers.
His cell phones company, is the first with automatic anti-texting and driving functionality and the ability to sign in with different user accounts. He not only created phone but also the network service as well, Figgers communication.
Figgers was adopted by an older, married couple in Quincy, FL. when he was only two months old. His interests in tech started to grow when his father bought him a broken computer from Goodwill. Figgers would not rest until the computer was fixed when he was only 9 years old.
“I always wanted a computer but we really couldn’t afford it. So, me and my dad went to a little store called Goodwill and purchased a used 1989 Macintosh,” said Figgers. “I tinkered around with it for a few weeks and ended up taking parts off radio and sorting them into computer board. I got it back to working and I currently have that computer today.”
By the time he was a teenager he became so good at fixing computer, Figgers was working for the city of Quincy repairing computers after school. The city of Quincy had a partnership with an internet service that provided telephone and cable service. Seeing all the intricacies of the telephone service gave Figgers the idea to start a telecommunications company.
“I love the different call routes and how you could built a mapping system to make a call from Los Angeles go to New York,” said Figgers. “So, I wanted to build my own communications network. But when I saw the infrastructure cost I thought, ‘God, I’m never going to be able to do this.”
Figgers was watching news one day and saw a story about a storm that came through Alabama and destroyed a doctor’s office that did not have electronic medical records. From that, he got the idea to create a data storage center that would allow clients to log in online and see all of their records. Figgers was storing data for 70 clients, including law firms, car dealership and more at only 16-years-old.
After high school, Figgers worked creating software for companies and inventions of his own. One of his inventions was inspired by his father, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease. The device was similar to a telephone but inserted into a shoe. It had a Google maps to track the person with the device and when someone would call it, they could lean down and respond to the shoe.
“I could pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey dad, where are you at?’ and he doesn’t have to do anything, just lean down and talk to his shoe and I can track his location,” said Figgers.” That program was very successful and I had a company reach out to me out of Kansas and they bought the program from me for $2.2 million.”
With that amount, Figgers was able to have his dream and started his telecommunication company.