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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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10 Travel Gifts For Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is celebrated in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April or May (source: Wikipedia). This warms our hearts since mothers deserve to be honored as much as possible! If Mother’s Day is coming up in your part of the world (here in the U.S., it’s on May 8th this year) and Mom is a travel enthusiast, check out our top ten travel-themed gift picks below. 1. Comfy flat shoes: Mom will breeze through airport security with comfortable slip-ons that double as socks to keep her feet warm during the flight. These classy shoes caught our eye: a) Collette Parisian Ballet flats (suede) for $62.98 via TravelSmith. b) Cole Haan Air Bandon flats (leather) for $79.92 via Zappos. c) Naturalizer Creston flats (leather) for $69.99 via FootSmart. 2. Crushable hat: Mom is always on the go, whether it’s around town or on a jet plane. Provide her protection from the sun (or a bad hair day) with a fashionable hat that can be packed with baggage without losing its shape. Check out these crushable hats: a)  Roxy cotton canvas bucket hat for $28.00 via Athleta. b) Sur la Tete straw hat for $20.95 via  VillageHatShop.com. c) Alejandra Sky straw floppy beach hat for  $39.00

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10 Travel-Themed Books


What do books and travel have in common? Both experiences offer an escape from everyday life. So this summer, if you’re unable to take a holiday (or one that is long enough), why not journey through the pages of a book? Below is a list of travel-themed books guaranteed to transport you to another time and place. Know of other good reads? We need recommendations! The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly: after his mother dies and his father re-marries, a twelve year-old boy journeys through another world, where he encounters the heroes and monsters of well-known fairy tales — but these characters are twisted and flawed, exposing the boy to a new and grittier reality. This is a book about the loss of innocence that comes with the passage into adulthood. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: in this brief memoir, Hemingway captures the magic of 1920s Paris, when the city teemed with literary luminaries such as Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce. The dynamics between Hemingway and his artist peers are colorful and electric, and Hemingway’s characterization of Paris is as relevant today as it was then. The Journeyer by Gary Jennings: reading this book about