October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids. As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives. The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website: “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.” Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they
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Boingo CEO Dave Hagan recently talked with financial media company The Street about Boingo’s recent IPO, the Internet market and what’s next for Boingo. Watch the video to learn all about it. Here are the interview highlights on Dave’s vision and strategy for Boingo Wireless: What makes Boingo different from most IPO companies: we’re a strong, stable and profitable business. We’re seeing huge demand for Wi-Fi among mobile device users, especially those connecting on iPads and other tablets. Our wholesale, private-label service (for partners such as Verizon and Skype) continues to be a strong growth channel in addition to our Wi-Fi options for direct consumers. Our plan is to build out new Wi-Fi networks and locations worldwide. We will work with many of our existing partners to help with this effort. The proliferation of Internet-enabled devices along with increasing consumer demand for bandwidth have created a capacity crunch on cellular networks. Thus, expanding Wi-Fi networks is more critical than ever and that’s where Boingo comes in. We’re excited about our growth and initiatives. Good work, boss! Great tie, too! Read more about Dave’s interview with The Street.
In the fall of 2000, an idea began to bloom in Sky Dayton’s mind. A new technology was beginning to emerge – back then referred to as “802.11b” – that enabled people to access the Internet without wires. As the founder of EarthLink, Sky quickly understood how this technology could transform the whole way in which we connected to the Internet. If you weren’t attached to the web by a wire – you could get online virtually anywhere. He imagined a world where people could connect on every type of device imaginable – laptops, cameras, cars and phones – in as many locations as possible. “It’s like trying to imagine all the things we’d use with electricity before electricity had been invented,” he said in a Wired magazine cover story about Boingo in October 2002. During a snowboarding trip in Mammoth, CA, Sky sketched out the basic idea of how Boingo would work: develop software that makes it dead simple to get a user online, and partner with burgeoning Wi-Fi network operators to create an aggregated network of Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. The company was incorporated in the spring of 2001 with the stealth name “Project Mammoth” and was eventually named “Boingo”
Our intrepid leader, Dave Hagan, graces the cover of this month’s CEA magazine, Vision. In the feature interview, Dave — a four-year veteran of CEA’s board — talks about the evolution of Boingo’s business model, his thoughts on the burgeoning use of Wi-Fi on consumer electronic devices (especially where the usage would overwhelm 3G), and his vision for Boingo’s current and future role in the CE ecosystem. Some highlights: On Boingo’s key value proposition: “…we take advantage of the opportunity of Wi-Fi chips being embedded into every type of electronics product on the market by making it easier for people to get these devices connected…Boingo’s role in the ecosystem is to make it easy for consumers with these electronic products to get connected…quickly and simply.” On Boingo’s plans for network expansion: “The networks we own and operate are mostly in airports. We are expanding into other types of venues. We have done a couple of arenas recently and also are working on shopping malls.” On Wi-Fi advantage over cellular: “The teenager that goes to watch a video on a 3G network where there are a lot of other people doing similar things – there is just not enough bandwidth to
On Monday, we announced a new app to purchase one-hour Wi-Fi credits directly from Apple iTunes. We also launched a contest to give away an iPad to the 1000th customer of the new Boingo app. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect the winner to materialize within hours of our announcement! To keep the party going, we’re upping the ante with a bigger and better giveaway: one million free Wi-Fi credits. That’s a buttload of Wi-Fi! To qualify, all you have to do is tattoo a permanent Boingo logo somewhere on your body. Before you run out and make this commitment, however, be sure to read our full contest rules, including terms and conditions here. Read our press announcement here. If you need recommendations for tattoo parlors, we know of a few fine establishments that guarantee clean needles and plenty of painkillers. That’s because we’re no stranger to going under the needle — many of us, including our CEO Dave Hagan, sport one (even two) Boingo tattoos — yes, we dig our company.