The Entrepreneurial Spirit – Jhonn De La Puente Creates A Celluar Vision
Ringing Up Creative Solutions
Mayor Bloomberg knows what good for you. As with most of the Mayor’s quality of life initiatives, I agree with his ban of cell phones in schools. Why do 10 year olds need cell phones in institutions of learning?
Today kids cannot be without their mobile phones for more than a few minutes. Therefore since the school phone ban became strictly enforced in 2006, small businesses in urban communities have stepped in as storage ports for mobile phones. Delis, bodegas and other local shops have been holding phones for city teens for years. From this need, Jhonn De La Puente, created an innovative solution with Safe ‘n’ Secure mobile phone storage in 2011.
Mr. De la Puente exudes old school charm. Tall, with bright eyes and an engaging smile, he immediately puts you at ease. His pleasant demeanor helps him in working with urban teenagers and also creating a sense of trust for kids to leave their cherished phone in his care.
The Safe ‘n’ Secure van is equipped with three security cameras. The tight security is needed as the van stores on average 100 mobile devices a day. For one dollar kids can leave their phones before school and retrieve them once they leave.
De la Puente offers a desired service and kids are happy to have their phones to stay connected to friends and family without a minute wasted un-connected. Mr. De la Puente has a second van in the pipe line and is featured in a New Yorker article about creative New York businesses.
Banner Photo: New Yorker Magazine