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Marcus Bullock’s New TED Talk Already Over 500k Views in Under a Week

The new TED Talk from Marcus Bullock—founder and CEO of Flikshop, a tech startup with heart and a personal history—has already surpassed the 500k mark, in less than a week of being live. Bullock’s dramatic, inspiring story takes audiences on his incredible journey from behind bars to venture-backed; a man who made good and is doing good.  

At the age of 15, he was sentenced to eight years in adult maximum security prison—for stealing a car. After serving his sentence, he got out and got busy creating Flikshop, an app that allows family members to connect with their incarcerated loved ones in an affordable, personal way. And it comes from a deeply personal place—if it hadn’t been for his mother sending him a letter every day he was behind bars, Bullock knows he could have totally lost contact with the outside world—and that’s a recipe for a difficult transition back into society. That’s a big part of what makes Flikshop so powerful—not only is it valuable for maintaining one-on-one connection, but it doubly serves an educational purpose by enabling non-profits to teach key transitional skills like applying for housing and jobs—before returning citizens are thrust back into society.


Now a rising star in the tech community, Bullock has been named one of John Legend’s Unlocked Futures business accelerators, and is a member of the Justice Policy Institute’s board of directors. He also serves as an advisor to the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, and his inspirational story has been covered by Forbes, CNN, Black Enterprise, and NPR.


In his hit TED Talk, Bullock shares his deeply personal experience of how those letters from his mother were his lifeline—and how, with his creation of Flikshop, Inc., he’s given that lifeline to hundreds of thousands of others. A charismatic, compelling speaker with infectious optimism, Bullock is truly beacon of resilience, and of how to use entrepreneurship for social change.


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4 Speakers Who Will Empower You to Change Your Patterns of Action (And Stick To It)

Motivate your employees. Reduce your carbon footprint. Run a marathon. January is the month we want to figure out how to do better—with our time, our colleagues, and our creative endeavours. These four keynote speakers will inspire you to set goals, work through slumps, and make positive change that really sticks.

Vijay Gupta On Healing Communities Through Music 


Vijay Gupta produces beautiful music with the LA Philharmonic—but he also founded and operates Street Symphony, an organization that brings music to the homeless, incarcerated, and mentally ill citizens of Los Angeles. Here, he discusses the power of music to literally rewire damaged brains—and how he uses this knowledge to bring music and healing to marginalized communities. 


Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine


Angela Duckworth & Katherine Milkman On Lasting Behavioral Change 


Angela Duckworth and Katherine Milkman want to change the way we live, one habit at a time. Duckworth, the world-renowned expert in grit, and Milkman, a research leader in self-control and choice-making, are creating tools that use data and technology to combat all social ills—including poverty, poor health, and education. 


Making Behavior Change Stick


Yvonne Camus On Not Giving Up 


On the first day of the 2000 Eco-Challenge in Borneo, Yvonne Camus wanted to quit, and nothing was going to stop her. After months of training, she was willing to quit once and for all. So, how did she finish? “Think about what you’re capable of,” she says. Often that’s enough to keep you going just a little bit longer.


Yvonne Camus: On Not Giving Up


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