A newborn only a few hours old was abandoned beside a dumpster in a rural area in Florida. A passerby heard the baby crying and called the police, who took him to the hospital. After that, the infant went into a foster home. However, there is a happy ending to this story. The baby found his forever home with Nathan and Betty Figgers, who already had a daughter. The family had fostered him before they decided to adopt him. He grew up to be Freddie Figgers, the entrepreneur, inventor, software engineer, and millionaire.
The First Computer
In elementary school, his peers would bully him, calling him “dumpster baby.” As Figgers, now 31, explained, “It’s a rural area, so after it happened, everybody heard about it. My parents told me the truth about what happened as I grew older.”
In fact, Figgers was eight years old when he learned about his birth. His father, Nathan, didn’t hide the truth from him, explaining that his birth mother threw him away. “When he told me that, I was like, ‘OK, I’m trash,’ and I felt unwanted. But he grabbed my shoulder, and he said, ‘Listen, don’t you ever let that bother you.'”
Also, Nathan was the person who set Freddie Figgers on his path to success. When he was nine, Nathan bought a broken 1989 Macintosh computer at a thrift shop for $25 for his son to tinker with. The boy was already fascinated with the inner workings of radios, alarm clocks, and VCRs. And Freddie became enthralled in taking the computer apart and putting it back together until it finally turned on. “I still have it,” he said. “It’s what sparked my interest in technology.”Freddie Figgers, Washington Post
At 13, he already earned a good reputation, earning a job repairing computers for the city of Quincy where he lived. At 15, he left high school and began his first company called Figgers Computers. He repaired computers and created servers to store data all in his living room.
At this point, he had already constructed his own cloud database. So he skipped college. “I wouldn’t recommend my path to everyone. But it worked for me. When I was 17, I had 150 clients that needed websites and storage for their files. I just kept building from there.”
Millions of Dollars
However, his big break came in 2021. At the age of 23, he sold a GPS tracker program to a company for $2.2 million. This program was inspired by Figgers father, who got Alzheimer’s disease and was prone to wandering off when confused. But with his device inserted into Nathan’s shoes, Figgers could track his father and speak with him. Unfortunately, Nathan Figgers passed away in 2014. This was shortly after his son started Figgers Communications, built from the money from the shoe tracker.
“It was difficult to watch him decline — it’s something you never forget,” said Freddie Figgers. “I’ve always been so grateful to him and my mom. They taught me not to let my circumstances define who I was.”
Later in life, he learned that his biological mother was a prostitute with a drug addiction. He hasn’t met her and has no plans to. “My parents adopted me and gave me love and a future,” he said. “They did their best to make the world a better place, and now that’s all I want to do, too.”
Additionally, Nathan’s death taught Figgers a lesson about money. He finally had millions, able to buy the 1993 Ford pick-up truck and a fishing boat his father had always wanted, but Nathan was gone.