This sort of embarrassment had stuck with Jimmy Chen since childhood. Jimmy is an entrepreneur based in New York, a long way away from the financial struggles of his youth. He'd been fortunate in the past few years, landing jobs at LinkedIn and Facebook, where he was surrounded by peers who were "changing the world," — for themselves. He saw colleagues leave to build on-demand apps for laundry, food, and cleaning. You are best at solving the problems you know, but having experienced the logistical indignities of our social safety net, Jimmy knew that tech could aim higher than further cushioning the privileged few. So he drew on what he knew. His loving home. His father being laid off. Trouble putting food on the table. The embarrassing checkout ritual.
In 2014, Jimmy founded Propel with one simple idea: to replace that 1-800 number with an app, FreshEBT. With their EBT balance at a glance, early users were able to reclaim some dignity. Since then, Propel has helped over 2 million EBT recipients do the same.
And they're hiring.