Jeff Smith: The rest of his political incarceration story

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Jeff Smith was blown away by some of the brilliant business ideas he heard while spending 366 days in prison between 2009 and 2010.

“[Prison] was teeming with smart, ambitious men whose business instincts were in many cases as sharp as those of the CEOs who had wined and dined me six months earlier when I was a rising star in the Missouri Senate,” says Smith in today’s talk, filmed during the TED@NewYork stop of the TED Talent Search. “Ninety-five percent of the guys I was locked up with had been drug dealers on the outside … They talked about it in a different jargon — but the business concepts they talked about were not unlike what you’d learn in a first-year MBA class at Wharton.”

In this talk, Smith shares that he made just $5.25 per month in prison, working in a warehouse. And yet, he had…

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