Ali Abdullah

Company Name: Claimit

Company Industry: Advertising

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Company Location: New York

In 2008, Ali Abdullah made a hasty decision: he left a stable job before he'd gotten an official offer for a higher-paying one.

The job he was pursuing took longer than expected to pan out — more than a year — and suddenly Abdullah was left with no way to pay the rent, only $1,200 in the bank and one more surprise: he had a baby on the way. After failing to pay rent, he ended up homeless for a couple months.