At the age of 15, Marcus Bullock was sentenced to serve eight years in an adult maximum-security prison for stealing a car. While he was incarcerated, he received a letter every day from his mother—a connection to the outside world that was his lifeline. With his creation of the app Flikshop, Bullock continues to pay that lifeline forward. Flikshop allows family members to connect with prisoners, who are otherwise isolated, via short messages and photos. Today more than 140,000 prisoners use Flikshop to stay in touch with loved ones. The app is also being used in education, helping prisoners get ahead of the barriers they often face once released.
Bullock has been recognized as one of John Legend’s Unlocked Futures business accelerators and is a member of the Justice Policy Institute’s board of directors; in 2019, he was named one of The Root 100. Bullock serves as an advisor to the Aspen Institute’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, and his inspirational story has been covered by Forbes, CNN, Washington Post, Black Enterprise, and NPR.