Leap Wireless was founded in 1999, spun off as an independently traded company from San Diego-based Qualcomm. Leap was started with the idea to provide affordable wireless services to a wide range of customers, without credit checks or long-term commitments. Under that principle, it founded Cricket Communications in 1999, which launched in Chattanooga, Tennessee that year. Hutcheson worked wireless infrastructure division of Qualcomm from 1995 to 1998.
Company website: http://www.leapwireless.com
Company timeline: http://www.leapwireless.com/who-we-are/wireless-industry