Friday, February 22, 2019

Silicon Valley Meets San Quentin: Turning Prisoners Into Programmers

By Newsweek, Feb. 21, 2019

It happened by accident. Chris Redlitz, a man who spent his life in Silicon Valley running and investing in technology companies, found himself in jail. But not for committing a crime. He was invited to San Quentin State Prison, a mere 15 miles from where he works in San Francisco, to talk to a group of inmates about business and entrepreneurship.

“It was a favor to a friend because she knew I ran a venture firm,” Chris Redlitz, managing partner of Transmedia Capital. “She knew I had some understanding of business, and many of the men inside San Quentin approached her telling her they had questions, but no one to talk to. So she invited me in.”
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