Three short years after celebrating his 21st birthday in a red jumpsuit, at 24 years old, Andrew co-founded his first multi-million dollar company. He raised $2.3 million dollars and scaled the business to eight figures. Unfortunately, at age 28, because of a fight he got into at 22 (the last time he was in legal trouble), he was sent to prison and lost it all. But, by his own admission, “I used the cell block as the stage for my comeback.” And, upon his release in 2013, he rebuilt his empire and has created multiple multi-million dollar businesses.
Since Medal’s release in 2013, he’s been giving back to the prison population by volunteering with a non-profit that teaches inmates in prisons how to computer program. Still seeing a need to be met this comedy book will mark the formal launch of his new social initiative called Street Smarter. The program teaches inmates the skills to build their own startups, youth, and adults how to build websites and the first-ever ex-felon focused venture fund that invests into early-stage ex-felon founders. More info can be found at Streetsmarter.co
Andrew Medal is the principal of Medal Holdings; executive producer and host of the Entrepreneur.com featured “Action & Ambition” Top 50 business podcast. He’s the CEO at two companies, one which he recently invested into. His work has been featured in Forbes, The Next Web, FastCo, The WSJ, Fox, Fox News, TIME Magazine, Entrepreneur, Inc., and more. He is also the star of the hit Facebook Watch show “Action & Ambition” (more than ten million viewers have tuned in across 3 seasons) with celebrity guests like DJ Khaled, Damon Dash, Theo Von and Tito Ortiz. He has a linear show currently in development created from his book. Oh, and yeah, and he’s an ex-convict that spent two years in maximum security prison. Don’t Drop The Soap is his first book.
In 2013, Medal started sharing hilarious prison life hacks and startup-prison-life parallels on his column at Entrepreneur.com like What CEOs Can Learn From Prison Shot Callers, which have amassed more than 10 million unique views and landed him a show on SiriusXM’s 35 million listener network. DON’T DROP THE SOAP is written in the same funny, exuberant voice as his articles and will open your eyes to the ridiculousness of prison life.