By Sam Bojarski

Pierre Laguerre had big dreams when he arrived in the United States from Haiti at age 15. He has never stopped dreaming ‒ although his life has unfolded in a way he never could have imagined.  

Laguerre, a Haitian-American, recently became the first Black man to raise the maximum $1.07 million on a regulation crowdfunding platform. His technology startup, called Fleeting ‒ a digital platform that connects commercial drivers with on-demand trucking jobs ‒ has already generated more than $1 million in revenue in just a year and a half. But the path Laguerre took from immigrant teenager, to founder of a fast-growing startup was one filled with setbacks, personal difficulty and career changes. 

Pierre Laguerre, in the cab of a truck.

With the $1.07 million raised on Republic, Laguerre and his staff at Fleeting plan to develop their platform, expand to new markets and increase driver acquisition. More than 4,800 individuals have invested thus far, many of them truck drivers themselves. 

The early stage investors can benefit years down the line, if the company issues an initial public offering (IPO) or gets acquired by a larger firm, Laguerre said.

 

 

 

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Sam Bojarski

Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...