Andrew Medal is an International Entrepreneur, magazine contributor, award-winning web designer and angel investor based in Southern California. His work has been featured in Forbes, Computerworld, The Next Web, FastCo, The WSJ, Fox, Fox News, TIME Magazine, Entrepreneur, Inc. and many others.
He started his career by dropping out of college to work with an angel investment team. By age 24, he helped raise $2.3m to grow what has become a $60 million dollar company leveraging the CrossFit community.
In 2011, he was sentenced to 2-5 years state prison due to a fight he was in in 2006. Despite being pushed out of the companies he founded, he used his time in prison to teach himself how to code, without the internet using textbooks and his #2 golf pencil.
After leaving prison in 2013, he created his software agency Agent Beta with his $200 gate money he received from prison and continuing to teach himself how to code. He sold his agency in December of 2017. He has worked with some of the biggest companies on the planet including the California Education Department, Proctor & Gamble, Microsoft, Warner Bros., IBM, and Inc. Magazine by developing software and leveraging his story.
Medal became a founding member of The Last Mile, which is a nonprofit that teaches inmates in prisons how to computer program. Through his experience and story, he has reached millions and mentors thousands of entrepreneurs across the globe through a private Facebook Group.
Today, he’s the Founder of an AR company called BlendAR. He’s also founded a nonprofit that teaches youth how to become entrepreneurs. He has a video show on Entrepreneur.com called Action & Ambition where he interviews successful entrepreneurs to learn more about their own journeys and backstories.
Leadership Lessons From Cell Block to C-Suite
Resiliency in Times of Chaos
Prison Startup Culture