All Turtles Podcast Episode 16: Police Academy 1

Outside the United States, about 4.5 billion people use prepaid wireless phone services. We check in with Augie Fabela, co-founder and CEO of, which aims to reinvent the prepaid customer experience. Along the way, Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega offer “Advice to Politicians” about social media and the recent U.S. indictment of 13 Russians for election interference. Your hosts also explore the connection between artificial intelligence and issues of race, gender, and inequality.


Show notes

Advice to politicians: Get off Facebook and Twitter (2:10)

13 Russians Indicted as Mueller Reveals Effort to Aid Trump Campaign (New York Times)

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced (New York Times)

Part one of our conversation with Augie Fabela, Co-founder and CEO of, and Chief of Police at the Cook County Sheriff’s Department (15:45)

Augie K. Fabela II, Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of VEON (IMAGE CREDIT: VEON)

Augie Fabela (LinkedIn)


Motorola brick phones from the early 1990s (Wikipedia)

USSD codes and menus for prepaid calling services (Wikipedia)

Sample USSD codes for Thailand:

Prepaid card market expected to reach $3,653 billion by 2022 (Allied Market Research)

Listener comment and question

Why do you focus so much on the issues of race, gender, and inequality? (38:46)

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