6 criminals who turned their lives around

KashFlow at Accountex 2013

2. Duane Jackson

Crime: Drug trafficking

According to Duane Jackson, he had a troubled childhood that would have always inevitably steered him towards imprisonment. Aged 19, Jackson was arrested for drug trafficking. And although he was detained in the US, he was sent back to the UK for trial.

While in prison, he taught computing to fellow inmates. After prison, he started work as a freelance web developer. However, due to lack of training, Jackson couldn’t grasp the “jargon” of book-keeping software programmes he needed to manage his accounts with. So, he came up with a simple accounting system for owner-managers like himself, hence KashFlow was born. Now KashFlow’s CEO, Jackson believes that the skills he learned on the sly enabled him to set up the company.

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