This service was founded by two individuals that wanted to create a dating app because they realized that their original social network application was mostly being used by individuals that were looking for love. Skout was able to raise over $22 million through investment opportunities, and in total they also received 4.6 dollars in angel investments. In 2013 Skout announced that they had a new travel feature in order to meet different people in different cities around the world. By 2015 Skout had announced that they had reached over 10 million members.
Skout has a community of access of more than 180 different countries and it is available in 16 different languages. In March of this year prnewswire.com did an article about the combination of the San Francisco-based Skout and The SF-Marin Food Bank. The SF-Marin Food Bank is the largest nonprofit food bank in all of San Francisco. Skout encouraged its members to send virtual bags of potato chips through its application. For every bag of chips that was virtually donated, Skout gave a donation to the food bank. This is something that is called virtual gifting. In this way, Skout is able to give back to the community where they live and work. This is a great way to show that technology can be used to combat hunger. In 2015 Skout also did a fundraiser with SF-Marine Food Bank to celebrate national grilled cheese day. They were able to give a donation that was able to help over 10,000 individuals.
I recently read an inspiring article about a company called Securus Technologies which is a company that is changing the way we rehabilitate our incarcerated members of society. I say “members of society” because once released, these inmates are once again part of society and it’s important for us to accept them as people that have paid their dues and try to help them become productive contributors to our communities.
I believe this BBB-accredited company is providing inmate communication services that truly help inmates become rehabilitated and better prepared culturally to reintegrate into society after their sentence has been completed. It’s also a great way for the family of these people to be able to more effectively communicate with their loved ones and help them through a difficult period. Some people could argue that jail and prison should be hard and terrible, but I believe that it should be more of a way to help these people change and only be separated from the garbage that initially placed them there.
The devices that Securus provide are helping to educate these inmates both on the college level and with basics from the high school level. They also allow inmates to order their goods from the commissary and receive valuable entertainment that is necessary for relief and a sound mind. These devices are also equipped with software to help inmates find jobs when they are released.
Providing this type of patented technology to inmates is a sure fire way to better rehabilitate our fallen members of society. I truly believe that this company has a solid vision for the future. I believe this will improve conditions within jails and prisons as well because inmates can be stimulated and more socially engaged. They can have a vision for their future outside of those walls, and can focus on obtaining a better future for themselves and their families.