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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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Boingo Gives Back at Phoenix’s Metro Tech High School


Boingo recently collaborated with our partners at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) to support promising high-school students in the Phoenix area. Boingo awarded scholarships to several outstanding students at Metro Tech High School, a magnet high school with superior attendance and graduation rates. In recognition of their exceptional academic performance in technical career programs, the following students each received a $500 scholarship: Game and Mobile App Programming: David Hernandez Haro, Andres Lamas Martinez, Jorge Alvarez Valencia Engineering: Jesus Yanez In addition to the Metro Tech High School program, Boingo also recently awarded $2,000 in scholarships to Phoenix’s New Pathways for Youth and South Mountain High School. We’re proud to invest in tomorrow’s technology leaders, and honored to take part in Phoenix Sky Harbor’s community outreach work. Congrats to all of the scholarship recipients!

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What IS Boingo, Anyway?


I have a confession to make. I like to chat it up. So when I was vacationing with my family last week in Washington DC and someone struck up a conversation, I didn’t shy away. While I was standing in a restaurant waiting for a table, I was mistaken for a grad student as there happened to be an MBA mixer going on that evening. Even though my cover was quickly blown when my 9 year old asked me when we were going to be seated (again), the student and I kept talking. He asked me about what it was like to be a “grown up” and about my line of work. After I convinced him to never grow up, I told him about my career in marketing and about Boingo. He said Boingo sounded familiar, so I took this golden opportunity to evangelize! I asked him what he knew about Boingo and he said, “Is it Wi-Fi in airports?” That’s usually the response most people give – and for good reason. Boingo operates the Wi-Fi network at more than 70 major airports worldwide. In fact, 60% of all North American passenger traffic goes through an airport where Boingo runs

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There Really Might be a “Silver Bullet”


We athletes spend a lot of time wishing – maybe even hoping and praying – that there’s one “silver bullet” that offers the answer to better performance and health. How’s that working out for us? That being said, I believe I have an interesting take on this issue. I recently read a very informative book by Joe Friel called Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of your Life. If you’re a young buck, don’t be so quick to roll your eyes. The title of this book could just as easily have been: How to Race Strong – for Everyone. It just so happens that what makes you a success when you’re a younger athlete is the same thing that will make you a success as you age. So where does this silver bullet business come in? Is there a single thing that could make the difference? Maybe. Friel contends that as we age, we tend to believe that our training should get gentler, so we back off and slow down. He counters (with plenty of proof points) that regardless of age, the body is able to handle intense training, and those who maintain a good, structured

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Culture and Tech Blended


The 2015 SXSW Festival and Conference in Austin, TX has come to a close. For those cave dwellers out there who may not have heard, SXSW (meaning “South by Southwest”) is a series of interactive meetings and events focused on emerging technologies, film and musical entertainment. Over the last couple of weeks, attendees have been treated to presentations and exhibits with topics ranging from new media and entertainment, to advancements in wearable devices and health monitoring tech. Basically, it’s the only place on earth where it would make sense to find Snoop Dogg mixing with robots. This year, the focus was heavily centered around wearable technology and Artificial Intelligence. There was even a debate as to whether advances in AI could be too much of a good thing. Before we tell you our favorite from the event, here are some of the major topics covered at SXSW 2015: It’s All About the Self:  Live streaming apps: Meerkat, Periscope, Teleparty and Stre.am were all big hits. It’s all about taking the selfie to the next level with streaming video. Also featured: Selfie sticks, GIF photo booths, and a bunch of people roaming around taking pictures of themselves. Robotics: Prosthetics: Advances in robotics have made way for prosthetics with almost fully functional

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Launching Passpoint Connectivity Deep in the Heart of Texas


Austin Bergstrom-International Airport has always been a tech trailblazer. This year they became one of the first airports in the world to offer seamless, secure Wi-Fi through Boingo’s Passpoint Secure network. Read on for more details, and to check out our case study video! Continue reading

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Boingo Expands Services in Brazil with Launch of RIOgaleão Airport Wi-Fi


Sports fans, carnaval revelers and business travelers – we’ve got some good news for you. Boingo recently launched Wi-Fi services at RIOgaleão – Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG), the 2nd biggest airport in Brazil and the main airport serving Rio, an increasingly popular international tourist and business destination. Travelers can enjoy 30 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi to stay connected to their loved ones and post their favorite carnaval and soccer stadium selfies on social media. Need more bandwidth? No problem! Boingo offers premium access options for those needing higher capacity connections. RIOgaleão Airport joins GRU Airport – São Paulo International Airport (GRU) in offering Boingo Wi-Fi to travelers in Brazil. First established more than 50 years ago, RIOgaleão is one of the busiest airports in the country. Recently, RIOgaleão Airport has seen a significant increase in passenger traffic, serving a total of approximately 17.1 million passengers in 2013. Boingo ensures that each and every one of the people flying into or out of the airport can stay connected to business, family and friends via our reliable, flexible Wi-Fi services. With Rio de Janeiro hosting the official global summer sporting event of 2016, Boingo has fans covered at RIOgaleão. So grab

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World Premiere: Get an Inside Look at Boingo!


Ever wondered what it’s like to work at Boingo? Check out our new video for a peek inside our fun and exciting company! Continue reading

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University of Houston Cougars Football Fans Get Connected with Boingo


Just in time for college football season, Boingo brings Wi-Fi to areas of the new University of Houston TDECU Stadium! Continue reading

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Boingo Nominated for WBA Wi-Fi Industry Award!


Boingo nominated for “Best Next Generation Hotspot Initiative” for launch of the world’s first Passpoint networks in consumer venues. Continue reading

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Boingo Wireless to Discuss the Evolution of Carrier Wi-Fi at Wi-Fi Offload Summit


Boingo’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Derek Peterson and Jon Landa, Boingo Media vice president, will present at the Wi-Fi Offload Summit, the preeminent global carrier Wi-Fi event this week. Dr. Peterson will discuss the “Next Steps in the Carrier Wi-Fi Movement,” while Jon Landa will discuss “Monetizing Carrier Wi-Fi with Advertising.”

The Wi-Fi Offload Summit will be held June 18-19, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, CA. Continue reading