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Four years ago, I had the great privilege of standing alongside an amazing leadership team in New York City as Boingo rang the NASDAQ opening bell in celebration of going public. As anyone involved in a venture-backed business will tell you, the road from start-up to IPO is incredibly difficult. In fact, only 5% of VC-backed companies ever go public. So the fact that Boingo succeeded where so many others have failed was not simply the result of a great idea, good timing, sound leadership and patient investors. It included plenty of luck, too. And believe me, every one of us who had a hand in Boingo’s journey from start-up to IPO felt very lucky that day. But in many ways, it was a day like any other. That’s because – as I shared with our team many times – “going public” was never Boingo’s ultimate goal. It was just one more step in the ongoing journey of building a great company. That’s really important. Because if we felt we’d “arrived” on May 3, 2011, then we wouldn’t have been prepared to take on the significant headwinds that blew our way not long after going public. Boingo was built on

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5 Topics to Discuss Before Traveling With Someone For the First Time


Traveling with someone for the first time can be a trying experience. But with proper planning and communication, you can avoid potential blowups and breakups. So sit down and talk about these five topics before you embark on the trip: 1. Accommodations: what type of place do you each prefer to stay at, a hostel with a shared bathroom or a five-star hotel? Determine how much you want to spend per night and find a middle ground. 2. Meals: how many meals should be fulfilled at quick, cheap places versus dine-in establishments? Figure out your daily meal allowance and whether you’ll be splitting the check fifty/fifty. 3. Activities: what is the ratio of relaxation (e.g., lounging on the beach) versus exploration (e.g., touring museums) time do you want out of the trip? If you have different priorities for activities, consider splitting up for periods of time. 4. People: are you open to meeting and hanging out with new people you meet on the road? If you both feel differently about this, decide that when you’re together, you’ll remain as a one-on-one unit. If one person is keen on hobnobbing with new travel friends, that person could always set aside some