Worth more than our worst decisions.

My name is Jason and I am the founder and CEO of FreeWorld. I’m also an ex-felon.

My name is Jason and I am the founder and CEO of FreeWorld. I’m also an ex-felon. I was incarcerated for a 1st degree felony (Aggravated Robbery) at the age of 15. I was given a 12-year sentence at a maximum security prison in Texas.

When I was released, I felt lost. The world had passed me by. Before I went to prison I had a flip phone; when I was released, everyone was carrying around an iPhone 3. The first time I saw that I said, “what the fuck is an iPhone.” Times sure had changed.

Parole required me to get a job. Every time I applied for a job I was denied employment due to my felony. The jobs that would take me, paid less than $10/hour. Stealing and dealing paid better than that, but I knew that the next time I went to prison, I would end up doing life. I wanted to find a better way.

Long story short, I’ve been blessed in life because good people invested in me, guided me, and believed in me. I earned a double Masters degree, started a few businesses, and I’m about to get married. 

My life’s mission is to end mass incarceration. I plan on doing that by equipping 26 million ex-felons across the nation with the tools, education, and the jobs they need in order to live positive, productive lives. Right now, that means investing in your education and getting you a badass job as a truck driver. That’s why we’re doing this. Because we all deserve a legitimate second chance.

Meet the Team

O'Neal Heard

Success Coach Manager

Previously a CDL A Driver, FreeWorld Graduate, Previously Incarcerated

Shawn Bina

Digital CDL A Instructor

Previously a CDL A Driver, Previously Incarcerated

Renee Sandler

Head of Operations

Former Founder/CEO BLAMtastic (sold to PE), Former Private Equity Portfolio CEO, Former Managing Partner Launchpad2X

Ross Patton

Senior Full Stack Engineer

Full Stack Engineer with 10+ years of experience, previously at WIRED, Iodine, and GoodRx

Board of Directors

Matt Mochary

CEO Coach

Jason Green

Founder & General Partner,
Emergence Capital

Andy Bromberg

CEO, ECO